J Derek Mason

Partner at Oblon

J Derek Mason is a chemical industry IP attorney and certified licensing professional, a partner in the chemical patent prosecution practice group and co-chair of the IP transactions practice group. Dr Mason focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, IP issues arising in various types of corporate transactions, client counselling and opinions on various IP issues.

A former chemist with a doctorate in organic chemistry, Dr Mason works with both companies and other law firms, advising on a broad range of IP concerns. He conducts due diligence investigations and risk assessment with respect to IP ownership in corporate mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, he helps both foreign and domestic companies to establish and develop patent portfolios, avoid infringement when launching new products, and formulate and implement procedures to protect their innovations and enhance their use and value.

Dr Mason represents both international and domestic clients on a wide array of chemical and related technologies, including medical and biotech diagnostic devices, polymers, nanotechnology, textiles, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. He also counsels on creative design-around strategies, and the interplay of utility and design patents, trade secret protection and litigation avoidance.

Dr Mason’s thorough understanding of the sciences and technical aspects of his clients’ innovations enables him to skilfully represent their interests. While achieving his doctorate and undergraduate degrees, Dr Mason studied organometalloid chemistry and conducted research in the area of organic photochemistry, publishing and presenting papers in both of these areas. Before entering patent law, he also worked as a chemist for a diversified international chemical company.

Professional associations

  • ABA
  • LES
  • Virginia State Bar

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1940 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314
United States

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