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Kristen R. Tuiletufuga

Patent Agent

What you should know about me:

I first learned about patent law during my cooperative education at Dority & Manning while completing my final semesters of college. After earning an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, I was welcomed back to the firm as a patent agent. I enjoy working directly with inventors and in-house counsel to protect ground-breaking ideas and better…

  • Known to be earnest, diligent, and approachable
  • A creative seamstress in her free time
  • Undergraduate research was directed to ultrasonic soldering of incompatible materials

Kristen’s Experience

Kristen drafts and prosecutes patents within the U.S. and internationally. Much of her experience is in mechanical and electromechanical technologies, such as agricultural machinery, passenger car transmissions, wind turbines, and consumer products.

In addition to her work with clients in the mechanical arts, Kristen jumped at the opportunity to research and train in various electrical and computer science arts. This cross-training has enabled Kristen to effectively support D&M’s diverse client base as technologies become increasingly automated and computer-driven. Some of the electrical and software technologies Kristen has worked with include travel-related search queries, contactless payments, and semiconductor processing.

Background & Credentials


  • Clemson University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2017)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities

  • Dority & Manning Engagement Council Member
  • United Way Greenville County

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