Diane practices in the Intellectual Property Group and Patent Division in the firm’s Columbus, Ohio office.  She is a pragmatic and driven legal counselor with a distinctively business oriented focus. Diane’s passion is to enable her clients to make informed decisions that optimize business success and maximize the value of the intellectual property investments.

Diane is a counselor to a wide range of clients, including entrepreneurs, small and large businesses, and nonprofit organizations.  She provides patent and trademark due diligence and freedom to operate analyses and opinions, drafts and negotiates agreements in a wide range of R&D and intellectual property related transactions, prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark matters, and assists in litigation and dispute resolution concerning intellectual property. She also assists clients in securing private and governmental funding, including Federal SBIR/STTR contracts and grants, and has experience with FDA regulatory and quality related functions in the medical technology space.  Though her technical background is in biotechnology, Diane’s patent practice also includes nanotechnology, chemical, medical device, protective athletic and active gear, and consumer products. Over her 20 plus years of practice, Diane has overseen several large patent and trademark portfolios, working extensively with intellectual property experts around the world on all aspects of intellectual property protection and management.

In addition to serving as a member of numerous bar and intellectual property law associations, Diane has served as an adjunct professor in biotechnology law and policy at Case’s School of Law, she supported the technology management office of Case’s medical school from 1999 – 2001 and served in the offices of the general counsel and technology transfer at the Cleveland Clinic from 1995 – 2000.


Case Western Reserve University, B.A., Biochemistry, 1986

Case Western Reserve University, M.S., Biochemistry, 1990

Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1994


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