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McNees’ Columbus Office Welcomes Diane H. Dobrea

September 28, 2015
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COLUMBUS, OH. (Sept. 28, 2015) – McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC is pleased to welcome attorney, strategist and counselor, Diane Hughes Dobrea to the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.

Diane has contributed to the development and implementation of FDA regulatory and quality related functions and collaborated with business leaders in strategic expansion of business, including development of integrated service models for entrepreneurs and OEMs in the medical technology/orthopedic markets. She is highly experienced in Intellectual Property protection, strategy, management and monetization.

Diane practices in the area of intellectual property law, with a combined focus on intellectual property transactions, and the preparation, prosecution and maintenance of patent and trademark cases. Though her technical background is in biotechnology, Diane’s patent practice also includes nanotechnology, chemical, medical device, and consumer product portfolios. Over her 20 years of practice, Diane has overseen several large patent and trademark portfolios, working extensively with associates at law firms around the world on all aspects of intellectual property management.

Serving both for-profit and not-for-profit entities, she provides due diligence and freedom to operate analyses, counsels clients on a wide range of research and intellectual property related transactions, and assists in litigation and dispute resolution concerning intellectual property. In addition to serving as a member of numerous bar and intellectual property law associations, Diane is also a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and has served as an adjunct professor in biotechnology law and policy at Case’s School of Law, she served in the technology management office of Case’s medical school from 1995-2000 and served in the offices of the general counsel and technology transfer at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dobrea received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, as well as her Masters of Science and Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry. She is admitted to practice in Ohio and the United States Patents & Trademark Office.


McNees is a full-service law firm based in central Pennsylvania with more than 130 attorneys representing corporations, associations, institutions and individuals. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, State College and Scranton, PA; Columbus, OH; and Washington, D.C. McNees is also a member of the ALFA International Global Legal Network. @McNeeslaw LinkedIn