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Thea began her career as a research engineer at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) in North Dakota. Thea’s work included technology development and research in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to, carbon capture and sequestration, mercury control for coal-fired power plants, groundwater remediation, and deactivation and decommissioning of the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons complex. Following her work at the EERC, Thea served as the Director of External Relations for the Yale University School of Engineering & Applied Science. Thea was a contributing writer for the Yale Engineering Magazine and website, focusing on emerging research in the areas of mechanical, environmental, chemical, and biomedical engineering, materials science, and applied physics. Thea joined Kinney & Lange in 2014, after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Thea focuses her practice on patent prosecution, including international IP application filings and prosecution, patentability matters, freedom-to-operate studies, and opinion of counsel analyses.
Thea received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Mayville State University and her Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Oregon Graduate Institute (now part of Oregon Health & Science University). Thea received her Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota where she served as a Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. In her free time, Thea enjoys spending time with her family, playing ukulele, and paddle boarding.
- Patent Freedom to Operate Searches, Opinions, Techniques, and Studies, (ABA, 2017), co-author
- Contributing writer to the 2009, 2010, and 2011 issues of the Yale Engineering Magazine and author of weekly news releases on emerging research at Yale University School of Engineering & Applied Science.
- Laudal, D.L.; Wocken, C.A.; Reilkoff, T.E. Evaluation of the Impact of Selective Catalytic Reduction on Hg Speciation for a Power Plant Firing a Blended Coal at DTE Energy's Monroe Power Station; Final Report (June 30, 2004 – May 31, 2005) for U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC26-98FT40321; EERC Publication 2005-EERC-04-01; Energy & Environmental Research Center: Grand Forks, ND, April 2005.
- Reilkoff, T.E.; Botnen, L.S.; Steadman, E.N.; Harju, J.A. Deployment Issues Related to Geologic CO2 Sequestration in the PCOR Partnership Region; Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership Topical Report for U.S. Department of Energy and multiclients; Energy & Environmental Research Center: Grand Forks, ND, Oct 2004.
- Reilkoff, T.E.; Williams, K.D.; Kay, J.P. ETA 2D2 – Infrared (IR) Thermography; Final Report (July1, 2002 – Sept 30, 2003) for U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC26-00NT40840; Energy & Environmental Research Center: Grand Forks, ND, Sept 2003.
- Solc, J.; Reilkoff, T.E. Mohler Oil – Feasibility of Remedial Alternatives; Final Report for North Dakota Department of Health; EERC Publication 2002-EERC-12-04; Energy & Environmental Research Center: Grand Forks, ND, Dec 2002.
- Reilkoff, T.E. 2-Chloroacetophenone as a Probe Compound for Studying Reduction Reactions in Anaerobic Sediments. M.S. Thesis, Oregon Graduate Institute, 2000.
- Thomasson, K.A.; Ouporov, I.G.; Baumgartner, T.; Czlapinski, J.; Kaldor (Reilkoff), T.E.; Northrup, S.H., Free Energy of Nonspecific Binding of Cro Repressor Protein to DNA. J. Phys. Chem. B. 1997, 101, 9127–9136.
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- Prepared and prosecuted patent applications, including PCT and foreign counterparts, on a variety of technologies on behalf of multi-national corporations, medium-sized businesses, small businesses and individual inventors
- Conducted freedom-to-operate studies on a variety of technologies and opinion of counsel analyses