Thi K. Dio, Ph.D.

Associate, Registered Patent Attorney - Boston

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Thi Dio is an associate and Registered Patent Attorney in the Patent Practice Group in the Boston office of Foley Hoag. Dr. Dio applies her scientific expertise and research experience to the procurement and protection of intellectual property in the biotechnology, biochemical, life sciences, biomedical and pharmaceutical areas. Her work is primarily focused on the drafting, preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. Dr. Dio also provides technical support in patent litigation proceedings and client counseling, and assists in opinions regarding patent infringement and validity. She also assists pro bono clients, such as The Food Project and Shy Brothers Farm, with obtaining trademark and patent protection.

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  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology; minor in Biophysics
  • Cornell University, B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences



Professional Experience

  • Teaching Fellow, Cornell University Molecular Biology & Genetics Department
  • Graduate course in Protein Structure, Dynamics, and Function
  • Undergraduate Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Researched patent data for article entitled “New England’s top life sciences patent holders,” MASS HIGH TECH (MHT) THE JOURNAL OF NEW ENGLAND TECHNOLOGY, March 30, 2011 
  • Researched patent data for article entitled “Top 30 New England Patent Holders,” MASS HIGH TECH (MHT) THE JOURNAL OF NEW ENGLAND TECHNOLOGY, January 19, 2011 
  • Researched patent data for article entitled “Life Sciences Patent Holders,” MASS HIGH TECH (MHT) THE JOURNAL OF NEW ENGLAND TECHNOLOGY, March 31, 2010 
  • Co-Author, Activation of the Ran GTPase is subject to growth factor regulation and can give rise to cellular transformation, JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, 2010 
  • Researched patent data for article entitled “Patents become more granular at tech companies,” MASS HIGH TECH (MHT) THE JOURNAL OF NEW ENGLAND TECHNOLOGY, October 7, 2009 
  • Co-Author, Two isoforms of tissue transglutaminase mediate opposing cellular fates, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES USA, 2006  
  • Co-Author, The Cool-1/beta Pix protein serves as an essential regulatory node for EGF receptor- and Src-mediated cell growth, NATURE CELL BIOLOGY, 2006 
  • Co-Author, Structural basis of m7GpppG binding to the nuclear cap-binding complex, NATURE STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY, 2002 
  • Co-Author, Inhibition of sequence-specific proteolysis using compounds that target the substrate rather than the enzyme, CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY, 2001


  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Dana Farber Cancer Institute Research Training Fellowship, National Institutes of Health
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology Senior Training Grant Award
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Teaching and Research Fellowship, Department of Education
  • President’s Council of Cornell Women Tradition Fellow


  • American Chemical Society (ACS) 
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS)
  • Assisted in drafting "2009 Federal Circuit and Legislative Update for Patents," 27th Annual National CLE Conference, Vail, Colorado, January 2010
  • Assisted in drafting presentation entitled "Overview of the Requirements for Patentability," AIPLA Boot Camp: 2008 Practical Patent Prosecution Training for New Lawyers, Alexandria, VA (August 2009 and August 2008)
  • A Cdc42/Rac1-mTOR signaling pathway targets Ran and the importins to regulate the nuclear cap-binding complex (CBC), duVigneaud Symposium, New York, NY, 2006
  • Role of the Ran GTPase in Heregulin-Initiated Signals to the Cap-Binding Complex, FASEB Conference, Snowmass, CO, 2004
  • Epitope-Binding Peptides and Peptidomimetic Compounds: Towards Low Molecular Weight Monoclonal Antibody Equivalents, Cambridge Healthtech Institute, Baltimore, MD, 2000
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  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Agency)