Overview

Vernon R. Rice serves as Of Counsel in the firm. He practices in the area of domestic and international patent prosecution. He has broad experience in industrial chemistry, polymer chemistry, life science and biochemistry technologies.

Mr. Rice joined Workman-Nydegger in 2004 after retiring from a distinguished career at the DuPont Company. There he served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, overseeing all DuPont intellectual property legal work, including that of domestic and international subsidiaries. While at DuPont, his experience included prosecution of chemical patent applications in the United States and major countries of the world, managing an international patent and trade secret licensing program and overseeing a 75 lawyer intellectual property law group that handled all of DuPont’s intellectual property legal work including patent procurement and litigation, as well as aspects of DuPont’s biotechnology portfolio.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Rice supervised the commercial attorneys of the DuPont textile fibers businesses. In that capacity he handled commercial legal work and antitrust matters. At that time, he also managed a legal group responsible for corporate mergers and acquisitions. While serving as Chief Counsel-Intellectual Property, Mr. Rice was also Chief Counsel of the Asia/Pacific region and of DuPont’s Agricultural and Nutrition business, where he oversaw legal aspects of DuPont’s biotechnology businesses.

Upon returning to Salt Lake City, Mr. Rice became an adjunct professor of law at Brigham Young University where he taught courses on patent law, intellectual property/antitrust law and biotechnology law from 2003 to 2013.

Experience

Experience

While at Workman Nydegger, Mr. Rice has concentrated on his law school teaching responsibilities while also handling prosecution of major patent applications covering Brigham Young University technology in the area of industrial catalysts. He also has been active in preparing and prosecuting medical device patent applications.

He has served for many years as a Founder in the entrepreneurial programs of business schools at Brigham Young University and Utah State University.

Education

Education
  • LL.B., George Washington University School of Law, 1966
  • B.S., with honors, Chemistry, Utah State University, 1963

Admissions

Admissions
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Virginia State Bar
  • *Not currently licensed in Utah

 

Achievements

Achievements
  • 1963 Roper Award, top chemistry graduate, Utah State University

Community Involvement

Community Involvement
  • For many years Mr. Rice was active in innovative education programs related to math and science. He served as chair of an industry group in Delaware to establish the first math-science charter school in Delaware, The Charter School of Wilmington, which still operates in Wilmington, Delaware.

Memberships

Memberships
  • For several years, Mr. Rice was a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and served on the board of directors. He also was a member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements
  • Peter F. Malen & Vernon R. Rice, Non-Disclosure Agreements; The Essential Component of Technology Transfer and Exploitation, Chemical Pilot Magazine 16 (Winter 2005).

    Chari Dickison

    Experience

    • 11 years at Workman Nydegger
    • 22 years of legal experience

    Education

    • A.A., English, Ricks College
    • Legal Secretary Certified, Salt Lake Community College
    • A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies, Salt Lake Community College

    Contact Information
    Email  cdickison@wnlaw.com
    Phone  801-533-9800