Indiana University Bloomington

IP Practitioner-in-Residence: Tonya Combs (Eli Lilly)

March 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Room 124

ChIPs Maurer will be hosting Tonya Combs (Eli Lilly) on campus on March 18 as part of the CIPR’s IP Practitioner in Residence program. Ms. Combs will give a lunch talk at noon about her career in IP in Room 124.

Tonya Combs currently serves as Vice President, Deputy General Patent Counsel, where she advises senior leaders at Eli Lilly and Company on IP strategy. She also has the good fortune to lead a group of talented and experienced patent attorneys responsible for global patent procurement (drafting and prosecuting), maintenance, and aspects of enforcement for Lilly.  In addition, she and her team assess third party patents for potential impact on Lilly’s development efforts and value in business due diligence.  

Tonya started her career at Lilly as a chemical engineer in research and development with responsibility for optimizing processes for scale up production of clinical trial material.  She’s held a number of positions in Lilly Legal, focusing on patent preparation and prosecution, patent litigation, brand support, trade secret protection and enforcement, general counsel for our oncology business, and others.  Ms. Combs joined Lilly Research Labs in 2001 after receiving a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech.  She received a J.D. summa cum laude from Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2006.  Ms. Combs serves on the board of Tangram, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on helping individuals with disabilities live full lives at home and in their community, and was named a Woman to Watch in January, 2019 by the American Intellectual Property Law Association.