Dean Nakamura, J.D., Ph.D.
In Maryland, practice limited to matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.daryl picture

Cell: 202.412.6986

Practice Areas

  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patents
  • Life Science and Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
  • Areas of Special Expertise

    Experienced in domestic and international biotechnology and chemistry patent practice including preparation of new applications, prosecution of applications and technology licensing. Chemical arts experience in photochemistry, polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, steroidal chemistry and small molecule pharmaceuticals. Biotechnology arts experience in various aspects of immunology, including monoclonal antibodies, T cell receptors, combinational chemistry to generate antibodies, cellular immunology, transplantation, immunodiagnostics and immunotherapy; in carbohydrate chemistry; in recombinant genetics and molecular biology, including nucleic acid sequencing, amplification, cloning, expression, scale up production, molecular diagnostics, plant and animal gene mapping, diagnostics, gene therapy using retrovirus, lentivirus, adeno-associated virus, adenovirus and non-virus vector means; with transgenic plants and animals; with cells and cell lines, such as stem cells; with vectors; with homologous recombination; in protein chemistry, including two dimensional electrophoresis, x-ray crystallography and mass spectrometry; in nanotechnology; and in biological data analysis, including biometry, molecular modeling and rational drug design. Offered opinions on questions of patentability, validity, infringement and freedom. Primary and secondary attorney in chemistry and biotechnology interferences. Participated in biotechnology arbitrations and litigation. Clients range from start-ups to universities and multinational companies.

    Community/Professional Activities


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • DC Bar Association
  • MD State Bar Association
  • Lecturer:

  • Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Business
  • Howard University Graduate School
  • Various trade organizations
  • Prior Professional Experience

  • Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, Partner, 2006-2008
  • Gray, Cary, Ware & Friedenrich, Partner, 2003-2006
  • Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman, LLP, Partner, 2000-2003
  • Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak & Seas, 1991-1999
  • Robbins & Laramie/Venable, Baetjer, Howard & Civiletti, 1989-1991
  • University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Assistant Professor, 1987-1989
  • Director, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, 1987-1989
  • Scientist, Spring Creek Genetics, 1985-1987 (agricultural biotech company)
  • The Jackson Laboratory, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sex Chromosomal DNA and Gene Mapping, 1983-1985
  • Education

  • J.D. - George Washington University School of Law, 1993
  • Ph.D. - Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Immunogenetics, 1983
  • National Institute of Health Fellow
  • Cornell University Scholar
  • March of Dimes Scholar
  • National Science Foundation Awardee
  • M.S. - University of Hawaii, Genetics, 1979
  • B.S. - University of Hawaii, Biology, 1974
  • Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland (1993)
  • District of Columbia (2000)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1991)