The Innovation Firm
Attorney at Law

Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.

Principal
617.607.5900 x5942
Boston
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Education

  • University of Illinois, B.S. in Physiology and Biophysics, with high distinction
  • University of Illinois Health Science Center, Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., summa cum laude

Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.

Since joining the firm in 1997, Mary Murray has written and prosecuted patent applications in molecular biology, chemistry, polymer science, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and material sciences; drafted freedom-to-operate, invalidity, patentability and inventorship opinions, license agreements, intellectual property agreements, confidentiality agreements; and participated in intellectual property litigation, trademark prosecution and trade secret protection of intellectual property.

During her practice, Mary has assisted clients with matters pertaining to recombinant vaccines for combating disease, including the prevention of disease consequent to exposure to seasonal flu and hospital-acquired bacterial infection; medical devices for use in life threatening and vascular disease; and screening assays for identifying drugs to treat disease and cancer.

Mary is dedicated to enriching the community and providing educational opportunities to clients, as well as non-profits, universities, and corporations.  She is an active speaker, moderator, and author on issues relating to intellectual property law practice and its impact on business assets.  Mary has been and continues to be an active speaker and educator on patent law under the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011.  Since graduating from law school, Mary has spearheaded seven intellectual property conferences at Suffolk University Law School, the most recent being “What You Need to Know About Patent Practice After the AIA” in March 2013.  As a result of her efforts, Suffolk has been host, over the last years, to many prominent speakers, including nationally-known commentators on patent law, officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In addition, Mary participated in developing Suffolk University Law School’s Intellectual Property Law Certification Program and teaches the patent module of the certification program. In 2013, Mary received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award from her alma mater Suffolk University Law School, an award that is given each year to an alumnus who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the school during the past year or over the past several years.  Mary is the Chairperson of the Suffolk University Law School Intellectual Property Advisory Board, which is dedicated to advancing the legal and professional training of law students and the intellectual property community.

Before entering law school, Mary was a professor at Tufts University Health Sciences School in the Cell, Developmental and Molecular Biology Program and, from 1994-1995, a Visiting Scientist at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. While at Tufts University, she established a federally funded research program; co-directed a National Institutes of Health sponsored Center; and taught medical, veterinary and graduate school courses. Mary’s research areas included molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physiology, protein biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, and developmental biology. Her research program was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Mary has served on the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation grant review panels.  She was elected to the Board of Directors of MassMEDIC, where she served for six years, and was an officer for MassMEDIC for three years.  Mary has been a member of the editorial board of several national and international scientific committees. She has authored or co-authored over 50 research publications and given research presentations at national and international scientific conferences, as well as lectures on intellectual property law at universities.

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Speaking Engagements

  • "Intellectual Property Strategies for Start-ups," Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Lecture, Boston, MA, September 25, 2014
  • "Derivation and Common Ownership Under the America Invents Act," Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Webcast, June 6, 2013
  • "How to Protect Your Patent Rights in View of Public Disclosure under the America Invents Act (AIA)," Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Webcast, May 9, 2013
  • "What You Need to Know About Patent Law Practice After the AIA," Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, March 22, 2013
  • "Innovation and Patent Eligibility - Theories and Application to Current Cases", Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Lecture, Boston, MA, January 28, 2013
  • "Battleship IP - Patent Pools, Neutralizing Prior Art and Unauthorized Copying", ACC America - Northeast Chapter Lecture (Moderator), Waltham, MA, July 11, 2012
  • “Why and How to Build a Patent Estate / Recent Changes in Patent Law”, Connecticut Law Tribune In-House CLE Lecture, Stamford, CT, May 16, 2012
  • "Critical Changes in Patent Law and Practice”, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies Program, Boston, MA, February 24, 2012
  • Catalyzing Innovation - Industry / Academic Collaborations”, MassMEDIC Seminar, Mass. Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA, January 27, 2012 
  • “Continuing Legal Education and Alumni Relations”, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting 2012, Washington, D.C., January 5, 2012
  • Leahy-Smith America Invents Act”, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Breakfast Seminar Series, Waltham, MA, October 12, 2011
  • “Intellectual Property Law Certification Program – Patent Module”, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Boston, MA, October 6, 2011
  • Social Media During Regulatory Uncertainty”, MassMEDIC Seminar, Mass. Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA, May 13, 2011
  • “Intellectual Property Law Certification Program – Patent Module”, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Boston, MA, November 18, 2010
  • “The Impact of Patent Law on the Economy - Stimulus or Impediment?”, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies Program, Boston, MA, March 27, 2009
  • “Re-examination Proceedings”, Citi Investment Research Global Health Care Conference, New York, NY, May 22, 2008
  • “Dealing With the Changing Landscape of Patent Law - Tips, Tactics and Strategies”, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies Program, Boston, MA, March 28, 2008
  • “Patent Infringement Action”, Citi Investment Research Global Health Care Conference, New York, NY, May 24, 2007
  • “Current and Future Trends in Patent Law”, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies Program, Boston, MA, April 20, 2007
  • “Tactics for Mastering Markman Issues”, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies Program, Boston, MA, October 20, 2006
  • “Patent Infringement Action”, Citi Investment Research Global Health Care Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2006
  • “Resolving Uncertainty in Biotechnology Patent Law – Safe Harbor / Experimental Use, Inherency, Obviousness and Utility”, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies Program, Boston, MA, November 18, 2005

Professional Associations

  • MassMEDIC, Board of Directors and Officer
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American, Boston, and Massachusetts Bar Associations
  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Massachusetts