Deirdre has 20 years of experience in strategic biotechnology patent prosecution counseling and in intellectual property litigation and enforcement. She is dedicated to guiding clients through the development, management, and protection of intellectual property rights to achieve their business goals.
Deirdre’s patent practice is focused in the field of biotechnology with a particular emphasis in the areas of biologics including antibody-based therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, immuno-oncology and immunotherapy, genetic diagnostics, protein-based sensors, and drug discovery and development. She assists clients with the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, as well as European Supplementary Protection Certificates for pharmaceuticals; drafts legal opinions regarding infringement, validity, and freedom to operate; and conducts intellectual property due diligence studies.
Deirdre demonstrates expertise at the intersection of science, law, and business. In addition to her patent and litigation practice, Deirdre drafts and prosecutes trademark applications and drafts, interprets and enforces intellectual property license agreements. Patent prosecution is in her blood. In fact, her great grandfather, Graham Cravens, applied for a patent in 1904.
Clients benefit from Deirdre’s experience involving contested matters, including patent office interferences, foreign patent oppositions, arbitration proceedings, and intellectual property litigation before federal courts in Texas, New York and California, as well as the District Court of the Hague related to issues of patent infringement and validity, trademark infringement and cancellation, intellectual property license agreements, and officer tort liability.
Deirdre received her Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School, where she worked for the ABA Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, United States Judicial Conference.
The success of her practice is fueled by the balance of her strategic biotechnology patent prosecution counseling and her general intellectual property litigation and enforcement experience. She guides clients through the development, management, and protection of intellectual property rights. Deirdre has received the distinction of Best Lawyers® 2016 for Boston Patent Law. Deirdre is currently a member of the Board of Governors and the Treasurer of the Boston Patent Law Association. She is also Past Chair for the Venture Forum and a member of the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE).