Mary Rose Scozzafava, PhD

Retired Partner

Dr. Mary Rose Scozzafava’s practice focuses on helping clients identify and protect their intellectual property with an emphasis on strategically building their patent portfolios and intellectual property litigation. She is an experienced attorney who has represented a variety of technology clients, particularly those in the alternative energy and medical fields. Over the course of her career, she has advised on all aspects of intellectual property and has represented clients in patent litigation in Federal Courts and before the International Trade Commission. She is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Litigation/Controversy Departments, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Nanotechnology Practice Groups. She joined the firm in 2001. Learn more about Dr. Scozzafava’s practice and how she can support your startup on

With respect to patent advice and prosecution, Dr. Scozzafava has extensive experience in client counseling and patent prosecution in technical areas such as solar cells, energy storage, renewable fuels, chemistry (including pharmaceutical formulations, polymers and coatings), pharmaceuticals and materials science (including self-assembled materials, microfluidics and superconducting materials).

Dr. Scozzafava has experience with patent litigation in the International Trade Commission (ITC) and in the Federal Courts, involving various aspects, electronic devices, semiconductor fabrications and pharmaceuticals. She has represented clients such as Proctor & Gamble and Intel in a variety of jurisdictions.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Dr. Scozzafava held a research position in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professional Activities

Dr. Scozzafava is a member of the Boston Patent Law Association, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Boston Bar Association (BBA), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).


  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States for intellectual property: patents: portfolio management and licensing
  • Named the exclusive recipient of the 2014 Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property - Patents by International Law Office (ILO)
  • Selected as Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" in the areas of Intellectual Property Litigation and Intellectual Property in the 2012 issue of Boston Magazine

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  • Education

    • Harvard Business School Online

      Credential of Readiness (CORe), Business Analytics, Financial Accounting, Economics for Managers, 2016
    • JD, Suffolk University Law School, 1997

      magna cum laude
    • PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Brandeis University, 1989

    • BS, Chemistry, Lehigh University, 1982

      magna cum laude Sigma Tau
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts

    • US Patent and Trademark Office

  • Languages

    • German



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