Lotta K. Kiuru-Ribar

Associate
Minneapolis
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4656
Contact My Assistant
Carla Catalano
D: 612.371.5343

Education

University of Minnesota
J.D., IP Concentration, 2013

University of Helsinki
MSc, Analytical Chemistry, 2001

Bar and Court Admissions

Minnesota State Bar, 2013
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010

With over eight years of industry experience in biofuels and bioproducts, Lotta brings a wealth of practical experience to her clients’ intellectual property needs. Her unique perspective in the cross section of chemistry, process engineering, food science and bioprocesses enables her to quickly understand highly varied technologies. She is also experienced in hands-on management of research projects, coordinating activities with in-house research personnel and outside counsel, and managing a patent portfolio of a mid-size company. Because of her experience, Lotta is able to understand the challenges clients face when interfacing R&D with patent counsel, and is able to help clients make that interface as productive as possible in order to make the most of efforts to protect their inventions. Her real-world process design and management know-how allows her to relate to the practical limitations of inventive solutions and the challenges clients are faced with. She is able to utilize these skills when writing and prosecuting patent applications in an effort to get high quality patent protection for her clients.

Lotta practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent prosecution. Her legal practice focuses on a wide variety of technical areas, including industrial chemistry, cleaners, pest management, cosmetics, food science and packaging, paper processing, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, clothing, fabrics, materials, coatings, furniture, power tools, and other mechanical devices.

Outside of work, Lotta spends time with her children and enjoys crafts, making music, hiking, kayaking, and biking. Whenever she can find the time from the demands of a busy household, Lotta spends time knitting or engaging in intensely competitive board-game nights with her kids. She is an active member of the Minnesota Finnish community and serves as a teacher and president of the board (2013-2014) of the Finnish Language School of Minnesota.