Announcing the Re-Launch of the Diversity in Innovation Law Firm Toolkit (RECORDING)

The Diverse Inventors subcommittee of the Women in IP Committee is proud to launch a new and updated Law Firm Toolkit that assists legal professionals in law firms to team with their corporate and university clients to increase the diversity in in the innovation ecosphere of the their clients.  The panel will walk through the updated toolkit, how to use it, and discuss practical ways for in-house and outside counsel to partner to use the toolkit. 

Tina Dorr


Cantor Colburn LLP

Tina Dorr represents clients in a large range of technology areas, including chemical, material, life science, mechanical, and semiconductor technologies, as well as fiber and fiber composite technologies for consumer product applications, geotextile applications, and aerospace applications. Tina drafts and prosecutes U.S. utility, design, and plant patent applications, as well as manages and directs prosecution of foreign patent portfolios. She provides opinions, performs searches, counsels clients to develop effective worldwide patent protection, and provides technical support and opinions to Cantor Colburn’s Litigation Department in Abbreviated New Drug Application litigation. Prior to joining Cantor Colburn, Tina completed her doctoral thesis on enzyme catalysis, membrane protein structure, and redox chemistry.  She is also an active leader in the local and national IP community, currently serving as IPO's Co-Vice-Chair of the Next Generation Leaders Committee.

Liam Evans

Patent Agent

Cantor Colburn LLP

Liam Evans is a patent agent focusing on the fields of materials science and polymers, specifically on matters related to chemical engineering, nanomaterials, bioimaging, and soil polymers. Before joining Cantor Colburn, Liam’s undergraduate research in the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut focused on developing a nanodisc platform for drug delivery and bioimaging applications.

Krista Kostiew

Senior Patent Counsel


Krista Kostiew is an Experienced Senior Patent Counsel with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. Skilled in Patent Prosecution, Freedom to Operate (FTO), Patent Portfolio Analysis, Patent Law, Technology Transfer, NDA/CDAs, and Intellectual Property. She is a strong patent professional with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from UNH School of Law.

Carolyn Powell


Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Carolyn Powell is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has experience preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in many technical areas, with a specialty in petroleum engineering. Prior to joining Dinsmore, she graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She now assists clients in all areas of intellectual property law, including patentability searches and opinions, patent application preparation and prosecution, patent infringement studies and opinions, and patent maintenance and enforcement.

Claudia Stangle


Leydig, Voit & Mayer, LTD.

Claudia Stangle is a partner in Chicago with over 20 years of experience and specializes in trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, false and comparative advertising, Internet law (including cybersquatting and domain name disputes), trade secrets, trademark and copyright licensing, right of publicity/privacy, and trademark acquisitions and divestitures.  Ms. Stangle has significant experience in complex inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), has represented clients in federal courts around the U.S., and has won over fifty ICANN proceedings relating to domain name dispute matters for her clients.  She also has experience in patent infringement and trade secret litigation.  In addition to her litigation and dispute practice, Ms. Stangle has extensive experience in trademark counseling.  She has counseled clients by providing search advice and protectability opinions regarding domestic and global trademark availability.

Meredith Struby

Managing Partner and Principal

Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC

Meredith Struby helps her clients channel the potential of their IP assets. Her clients trust her to understand their technology and business needs and to use her deep understanding of patent law and practice to protect and manage their IP assets. She has a sharp sense for seeing opportunities and a unique ability to clarify complex issues, providing insightful counseling. She digs in to do what is needed while her forthright and humorous approach make it enjoyable for clients to work with her side-by-side to meet their business goals. She leads client-focused teams of attorneys, patent agents, paralegals, and staff by channeling and maximizing the strengths of each team member and encouraging the culture of service and support at MCC. She and her teams embrace the firm’s motto – value without compromise – delivering top notch legal services with a fee structure that allows for her and other experienced attorneys to have substantive involvement with clients’ portfolios and intellectual property strategies.


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