Benjamin Vaughan, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist, Registered Patent Agent - Boston

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Dr. Benjamin Vaughan is a registered Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. His patent practice focuses on pharmaceutical and chemical arts, and he has specific expertise in industrial process chemistry. 

Dr. Vaughan’s practice includes patent preparation and prosecution for large and small companies, as well as University clients and independent inventors focusing on pharmaceutical development, salt forms, prodrugs, polymorphs, metabolites, formulations, synthetic methods, drug delivery compositions, administration routes, combinations, dosing strategies, etc.

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Education:

  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., (Expected December 2020)
  • University of Virginia, Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, 2017
  • University of Vermont, B.S. in Chemistry, 2012

Languages:

English

  • Jia, X.; Foley, A.M.; Liu, C.; Vaughan, B.A.; McKeown, B.A.; Zhang, S.; Gunnoe, T.B. “Styrene Production from Benzene and Ethylene Catalyzed by Palladium(II): Enhancement of Selectivity towards Styrene via Temperature Dependent Vinyl Ester Consumption,” Organometallics, 2019, 38, 3532. *Manuscript featured on issue cover
  • Webster-Gardiner, M.S.; Chen, J.; Vaughan, B.A.; McKeown, B.A.; Schinski, W.; Cundari, T.R.; Gunnoe, T.B. "Catalytic Synthesis of 'Super' Linear Vinyl and Alkyl Arenes Using an Easily Prepared Rh(I) Catalyst," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 5474.
  • Vaughan, B.A.; Khani, S.K.; Kammert, J.D.; Webster-Gardiner, M.S.; McKeown, B.A.; Davis, R.J.; Cundari, T.R.; Gunnoe, T.B. "Mechanistic Studies of Single-Step Styrene Production Using a Rhodium(I) Catalyst," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 1485.
  • Vaughan, B.A.; Webster-Gardiner, M.S.; Cundari, T.R.; Gunnoe, T.B. "A Rhodium Catalyst for Single-Step Styrene Production from Benzene and Ethylene," Science, 2015, 348, 421.
  • Vaughan, B.A.; Wetherby, A.E.; Waterman, R. "Bis(p-tolyl((2Z,4E)-4-(p-tolylimino)pent-2-en-2-yl)amino)zinc(II)," Acta Crystallogr., Sect. E, 2012, E68, m343.
  • Vaughan, B.A.; Arsenault, E.M.; Chan, S.M.; Waterman, R. "Synthesis and Characterization of Zinc Complexes and Reactivity with Primary Phosphines," J. Organomet. Chem. 2012, 696, 4327.
 

Honors 

  • Raven Award for Exceptional Service to the University of Virginia, April 2017
  • IPMI Bright Futures Award: Honorable Mention, International Precious Metals Institute, April 2016
  • Department of Chemistry Third Year Poster Award, UVA Department of Chemistry, April 2015
  • Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition Poster Award, UVA Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, March 2015
  • American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award, March 2014
  • American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award, July 2012
  • Charles E. Braun Award, UVM Department of Chemistry, May 2012
  • Ronald Suiter Travel Award, UVM College of Arts and Sciences, March 2012
  • APLE Award for Undergraduate Research, UVM College of Arts and Sciences, November 2011

Involvement

  • Boston Patent Law Association, 2017 - Present
  • American Chemical Society, 2011 - Present
 
  • Obviousness, the CAFC, and Second Generation Filing Strategies – Developments in Pharmaceutical Patent Law Seminar, 256th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2018
  • Mechanistic Studies of Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed Oxidative Arene Vinylation, 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2017
  • Mechanistic Studies of Single-Step Styrene Production Using a Rhodium(I) Catalyst, UVA Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition, Charlottesville, VA, March 2016
  • Development of a Rhodium(I) Catalyst for Single-Step Styrene Production, 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2016
  • A Rhodium(I) Catalyst for Single-Step Styrene Production from Benzene and Ethylene, UVA Dept. of Chemistry Department Seminar, Charlottesville, VA, April 2015
  • Rhodium-Catalyzed Single-Step Styrene Production, UVA Dept. of Chemistry Third Year Poster Session: Poster Presentation, Charlottesvile, VA, April 2015
  • Rhodium-Catalyzed Single-Step Styrene Production, UVA Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition: Poster Presentation, Charlottesvile, VA, April 2015
  • Development of Pd(II) and Rh(I) Catalysts for the Oxidative Hydroarylation of Olefins, 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 2014
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Zinc Complexes and Reactivity towards Primary Phosphines, 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2012
 
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Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Agency)