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Christine E. Dietzel

Patent Agent

201-487-5800 phone

201-587-0715 fax

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CHRISTINE E. DIETZEL is a registered patent agent with over twenty years of broad experience in patents and licensing of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. In addition to her experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications and related proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent offices, Chris is well versed in various aspects of intellectual property management, technology assessment and licensing, including management of large patent portfolios, evaluating and strategically developing intellectual property, and negotiating and drafting agreements, and technology marketing. She works with many startup companies, established life science companies, universities and research institutes across the United States and in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Prior to moving into the field of intellectual property, she received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Columbia University based upon research in yeast genetics and signaling. After completing her Ph.D. in 1988, Chris worked as a research scientist at Lifecodes Corporation where she directed a research laboratory developing antisense and DNA-based fingerprinting technology. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Director for Patents and Licenses at the New York Blood Center where she was involved in worldwide licensing efforts. After that, Chris served as Director of Industrial Liaison at New York University. She was responsible for patents, licensing, commercialization and industry-sponsored research initiatives for New York University, NYU Medical Center and their affiliates for four years.

Chris is particularly experienced with and provides expertise in the fields of monoclonal antibodies, stem cells, antibacterial agents and technologies, antiviral agents and technologies, antisense/antagomirs, microRNAs, kinase inhibitors, GPCRs and orphan receptors, neurological diseases and modulators, novel targets, vaccines, plant molecular biology, and yeast expression systems.

Practice areas

  • Patent prosecution, both utility and design
  • Patent, trademark and copyright licensing
  • Technology transfer and collaboration agreements
  • Intellectual property litigation support


  • Columbia University, New York, New York, Ph.D., 1988
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, B.A., biology, 1982

Professional affiliations and memberships

  • Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers


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