Mary Rose Scozzafava, Ph.D.


Scozzafava Ph.D., Mary Rose
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.

Honors & Awards

  • 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

Publications & News


June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 13, 2015

Beware Change to RCE Practice Hidden in USPTO’s Final Rules for Hague Agreement Implementation

On April 2, 2015, the US Patent and Trademark Office published its final rules for implementation of the Hague Agreement Concerning International Designs. These rules finalize the framework for the United States' participation in this international design registration treaty. US companies will be able to file international design applications beginning May 13, 2015.

April 21, 2015

WilmerHale Partners Showcase Thought Leadership During Fordham IP Conference

On April 8 and 9, WilmerHale intellectual property and IP litigation partners joined an international lineup of prominent judges, government officials, academics and private practitioners for the 23rd Annual Fordham Intellectual Property Conference, held for only the second time at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

April 1, 2014

Born and Scozzafava Named as 2014 ILO Client Choice Award Recipients

Partners Gary Born and Dr. Mary Rose Scozzafava have been named exclusive recipients of the 2014 Client Choice Awards from International Law Office in the areas of Arbitration in the UK and Intellectual Property - Patents in Massachusetts.

April 19, 2013

Going Forward After March 16, 2013: Succeeding in a First-Inventor-to-File System Under the AIA

March 4, 2013

Planning for March 16, 2013: Important Considerations as US Moves to a First-Inventor-to-File System

The America Invents Act (AIA) has already brought extensive reforms to US patent law since it was signed into law on September 16, 2011. On March 16, 2013, perhaps the most publicized change will take place when the US officially moves from a “first-to-invent” to “first-inventor-to-file” system.

January 24, 2013

Planning for March 16, 2013: Implementation of First-Inventor-to-File Standard

The final stages of the America Invents Act (AIA) go into effect on March 16, 2013. This alert highlights some of the upcoming changes and provides suggestions for patent owners to prepare for the date.

December 9, 2009

USPTO to Accelerate Green Technology Patents

August 22, 2007

United States Patent Office Publishes New Rules on Continuing Applications and Claims

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).


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HBX | Harvard Business School, Credential of Readiness (CORe), Business Analytics, Financial Accounting, Economics for Managers, 2016

JD, magna cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1997

PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Brandeis University, 1989

BS, Chemistry, magna cum laude, Lehigh University, 1982, Sigma Tau

Bar Admissions


United States Patent and Trademark Office



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