Mary E. Adams, Ph.D. Patent Agent | Philadelphia, PA
Mary Adams’s favorite part about being a patent agent is interacting with inventors and especially indulging her technological curiosity to make sure to capture all details and embodiments of their inventions. Her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering gives her a strong fundamental knowledge of technology and engineering. Years of industrial research and development experience at a large chemical company gave Mary practical experience in how to approach and rapidly learn a new technology and figure out the kernel of the invention. Her industrial experience also helps her understand the practical business needs of the clients she works with.
Mary knows how to turn raw, technically oriented ideas, data, diagrams and descriptions from an inventor into a coherent, well-crafted patent application with valuable, enforceable claims. She greatly enjoys and is always ready to meet the intellectual challenge of prosecuting patent applications to ensure the broadest possible claims in the issued patent. She also loves working with inventors to achieve the best possible coverage for their inventions.
Mary has industrial experience in product development and commercialization of polymer formulations as well as experience in experimental design. She is a registered Patent Agent and she holds a Ph.D. and Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on thermoplastic matrix carbon fiber composites as well as the effect of processing conditions on the properties of thermoplastic polymers from Clarkson University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Vermont.
Mary has over five years of experience writing and prosecuting patent applications. In addition to chemical and chemical engineering focused patent preparation and prosecution, she has written and prosecuted applications in the areas of mechanical devices including unique hand tools, pressure measuring devices and small appliances as well as micro-electrical discharge machining. In some cases, Mary’s research and development experience has allowed her to recommend tests and analyses, which clients could pursue to strengthen their applications and eventual patents.
Mary also has six years of industrial experience in research, development and commercialization in the area of polymer formulation at a major chemical company. She appreciates the value in strong intellectual property coverage – while working in research and development, she determined a need for and implemented a system to monitor, summarize and disseminate within the company, competitors’ and customers’ patent positions to ensure the technology she was working on was technically commensurate and adequately protected.