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My Career at Cantor Colburn - 
Tina Dorr, Ph.D., Esq.

I have spent my entire career at Cantor Colburn. I started working for the firm as a Technical Advisor, immediately following completion of my Ph.D. in chemistry and biochemistry. I recall being impressed by the number of long-time employees, which I believed meant that they were happy and treated well. I attended law school in the evenings and later passed the Patent Bar and became a Patent Agent. A few years later I graduated from the evening law program and became an attorney. Seven years later, I know why I and others stay: despite the tremendous growth of the firm, Cantor Colburn treats their employees like family, supports both their professional and personal development, and encourages a work-life balance. Cantor Colburn stands out in the field because it maintains small business values while being one of the largest IP boutiques in the country.

When I started with the firm, I was uncertain about the area of patent law on which to focus my practice. Cantor Colburn has given me the rare opportunity to work on the prosecution side of patent law, drafting and prosecuting applications, and on the litigation side, providing technical expertise in Abbreviated New Drug Application litigation. This experience has made me stronger as a prosecutor and as a litigator. When I am writing and prosecuting applications, I am able to better anticipate issues that may arise during litigation. Similarly, when I am working on a litigation issue, I have a better appreciation of the nuances and strategies used in patent application drafting and prosecution. I enjoy both of these aspects of patent law, and the firm supports and encourages my pursuit of both practices.

Tina Dorr drafts and prosecutes U.S. patent applications, as well as manages and directs prosecution of foreign patent portfolios.  Tina performs searches, provides invalidity, infringement/non-infringement, patentability, and freedom to operate opinions, and counsels clients to develop effective patent protection worldwide.  Tina also 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.  During her tenure at Georgia Institute of Technology, she mentored graduate and undergraduate researchers in biochemical and biophysical method development, with applications in the study of enzyme function.  Tina also worked as Teaching Assistant, where she lead and lectured courses in Chemistry and Biochemistry.