Dr. Derek Denhart is an associate in Goodwin’s IP Transactions group. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, and works on various technical aspects of patent writing and prosecution, including responses to U.S. and foreign patent offices. Dr. Denhart has significant experience supporting life science companies with their patent portfolios. Dr. Denhart joined Goodwin as a science advisor in 2016, and became an associate in 2017.

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Dr. Denhart has drafted patents in a wide range of areas including pharmaceuticals, polymers and consumer chemicals. He also assists in diligence research and the drafting of responses to patent offices.

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Dr. Denhart is a member of the American Chemical Society. During his career he has co-authored over 20 scientific research papers in peer-reviewed publications in the areas of organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry.

Professional Experience

Dr. Denhart worked for more than 10 years as a medicinal chemistry researcher at a major pharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Goodwin, Dr. Denhart was a patent agent at an intellectual property law firm in Connecticut.


During law school, Dr. Denhart was ranked first in his graduating class.






J.D., 2017
University of Connecticut School of Law
(with highest honors)
Post-Doctoral Research
University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., 1995
Columbia University
M.S., 1993
Yale University
B.S., 1990
University of Waterloo, Canada



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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