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Deirdre M. Wells

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Deirdre M. Wells

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An associate in the Litigation Group, Ms. Wells has patent litigation experience before federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  She has represented clients in a variety of fields, including Hatch-Waxman Paragraph IV pharmaceuticals, chemical arts, medical devices, biotechnology, data storage devices, internet search technology, wireless broadband technology, and mobile content delivery.

Ms. Wells has a broad range of litigation experiences including conducting pre-suit investigations, developing litigation strategy and the accompanying tactics necessary to achieve that strategy, formulating claim construction positions, conducting fact and expert discovery, performing infringement and validity analyses, identifying prior art to invalidate asserted patents, drafting dispositive and non-dispositive motions, drafting preliminary injunction motions, taking and defending depositions, working with expert witnesses and preparing expert reports, preparing witnesses for depositions and trial, arguing summary judgment motions, attending trial, drafting post-trial briefs, and writing appellate briefs. 

Ms. Wells also has analyzed intellectual property portfolios, represented clients in trademark litigation, and formulated inter partes reexamination requests.  She has also performed pro bono work representing veterans, asylum seekers, and low-income clients.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Wells performed research related to the steps of protein splicing in several Pyrococcus abyssi proteins and the manipulation of those steps. 

Publications

  • “Supreme Court Grants Review in Case on Patent Exhaustion,” V&E IP Insights E-communication, October 8, 2012 (co-author).
  • “Federal Circuit Reopens Bid to Take Generic Zegerid Off the Market,” V&E IP Insights E-communication, September 7, 2012 (co-author).
  • “Federal Circuit Confirms ANDA Filer May Carve Out Patented Uses to Avoid Infringement,” V&E IP Insights E-communication, February 10, 2012 (co-author).
  • “Eastern District of Texas Court Recognizes Value in Unique Scheduling Orders in Multi-Defendant Cases,” V&E IP Insights E-communication, November 8, 2011 (co-author).
  • Kerrigan, A.M., Powers, T.L., Dorval, D.M., Reitter, J.N., and Mills, K.V. (2009) Protein splicing of the three Pyrococcus abyssi ribonucleotide reductase inteins. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 387, 153-157.
  • Mills, K.V., Connor, K.R., Dorval, D.M., and Lewandowski, K.T. (2006) Protein Purification via Temperature-Dependent, Intein-Mediated Cleavage from an Immobilized Metal Affinity Resin.  Anal. Biochem. 356, 86-93.
  • Mills, K.V., Dorval, D.M., Lewandowski, K.T. (2005) Kinetic analysis of the individual steps of protein splicing for the Pyrococcus abyssi PolII intein. J. Biol. Chem 280, 2714-2720.
Abstracts:

  • Mills, K., Reitter, J., Dorval, D., Lewandowski, K., Marieni, M., Duffee, L., Donahue, C. (2011) Non-canonical inteins: Alternate mechanisms for protein splicing. Protein Science 20-Supl, 180.
  • Marieni, M.D., Duffee, L.R., York, D.J., Dorval, D.M., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2011) The influence of conserved catalytic residues on the mechanism of protein splicing of the Pyrococcus abyssi PolII intein. FASEB J. 25, 520.10.
  • Donahue, C.A., York, D.J., Dorval, D.M., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2011) Determining the activation barrier and pH-dependence of each step of protein splicing. FASEB J. 25, 520.6.
  • Duffee, L.R., York, D.J., Dorval, D.M., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2010) A kinetic analysis of each step of protein splicing of the Pyrococcus abyssi PolII intein. FASEB J. 24, 463.5.
  • Mills, K.V., Reitter, J.N., Duffee, L.R., York, D.J., Dorval, D.M., and Lewandowski, K.T. (2010) Non-canonical inteins: alternate mechanisms for protein splicing. FASEB J. 24, 520.11.
  • Nadelson, A.C., York, D.J., Dorval, D.M., Lewandowski, K.T., Connor, K.R., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2010) Manipulation of protein splicing side reactions to facilitate protein purification and expressed protein ligation. FASEB J. 24, 463.13.
  • York, D.J., Duffee, L.R., Dorval, D.M., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2010) Estimating the activation barrier to each step of protein splicing for the non-canonical P. abyssi PolII intein. FASEB J. 24, 463.18.
  • Duffee, L.R., Nadelson, A.C., York, D.J., Dorval, D.M., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2009) Influence of conserved residues on individual steps of protein splicing of the non-canonical Pyrococcus abyssi PolII intein. Protein Science 18-Supl, 86.
  • Nadelson, A.C., York, D.J., Lewandowski, K.T., Dorval, D.M., Connor, K.R., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2009) Development of protein purification strategies using the Pyrococcus abyssi PolII intein. Protein Science 18-Supl, 86.
  • Mills, K.V., Reitter, J.N., Connor, K.R., Kerrigan, A.M., Dorval, D.M., Drago, M.J., Lewandowski, K.T. and Powers, T.L. (2009) Non-canonical inteins: Alternate mechanisms of protein splicing. Protein Science 18-Supl, 171.
  • Kerrigan, A.M., Powers, T.L., Dorval, D.M., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2009) The influence of extein residues on the protein splicing of three Pyroccocus abyssi inteins. FASEB J. 22, 502.3.
  • Kerrigan, A.M., Powers, T.L., Dorval, D.M., Reitter, J.N. and Mills, K.V. (2008) The dependence of three P. abyssi inteins on extein sequence for efficient protein splicing. FASEB J. 20, 611.13.
  • Mills, K.V., Reitter, J.N., Connor, K.R., Dorval, D.M., Drago, M.J., Lewandowski, K.T., and Powers, T.L. (2008) Alternate mechanisms of protein splicing by non-canonical inteins. Abstracts of the ASBMB 2008 National Meeting.
  • Dorval, D.M., Connor, K.R., and Mills, K.V. (2006) Catalysis of individual steps of protein splicing of the Pyrococcus abyssi PolII intein.  FASEB J. 20, A40.
  • Powers, T.L., Drago, M.J., Dorval, D.M., Connor, K.R., and Mills, K.V. (2006) Protein splicing of a non-canonical Clostridium thermocellum intein with N-terminal Gln.  FASEB J. 20, A964.
  • Mills, K.V., Lewandowski, K.T., and Dorval, D.M. (2005) The Mechanism of Protein Splicing of the Pyrococcus abyssi PolII intein.  Protein Science 14-Supl, 87.
  • Lewandowski, K.T., Dorval, D.M., and Mills, K.V. (2005) A Kinetic study of the protein splicing mechanism of the Pyrococcus abyssi PolII intein.  FASEB J. 19, A1401.
  • Admissions
      • District of Columbia

      • Texas

      • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

      • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Education
    • J.D., Harvard Law School

    • B.A., Biology and French, The College of the Holy Cross, magna cum laude

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