Dawn-Marie Bey

Bey & Cotropia PLLC
213 Bayly Court
Richmond, VA  23229
(o) 804-441-8530
(m) 804-399-7257


Dawn-Marie Bey has nearly two decades of intellectual property (IP) experience and clients ranging from one-person start-ups to Fortune 200 public companies. She counsels clients on a range of IP issues including U.S. and foreign patent prosecution strategies, patent enforcement and infringement defense, IP licensing, IP due diligence and IP ownership in view of government funding (e.g., Bayh-Dole Act, FAR, DFAR). She has particular expertise with proceedings conducted before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including ex parte and inter partes patent reviews.

Dawn-Marie began her technical career conducting experiments in the field of plasma physics at the Naval Research Laboratory. She spent four years as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examining patent applications in the electrical and optical arts and is registered to practice before the USPTO. Prior to founding Bey & Cotropia PLLC, Dawn-Marie was with large international law firms for 14 years, most recently as a partner with an Am Law 50 firm. Ms. Bey is a frequent author, most recently co-authoring the USA chapter in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2013. She has previously served as co-chair of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.  Ms. Bey has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of intellectual property law since 2014 and in 2022 was recognized by Best Lawyers as patent lawyer of the year in Richmond and as a go-to intellectual Property Lawyer in Virginia by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly.

Dawn-Marie attended George Mason University School of Law, where she graduated with a recognized concentration in intellectual property law, completing individual courses in all areas of intellectual property including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets and specialized courses in patent licensing, patent damages, patent prosecution, patent litigation, interferences, unfair trade practices and international protection of intellectual property.


  • J.D., George Mason University
  • B.S., Physics, Franklin and Marshall College

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Virginia


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (Currently co-chair of the Diversity Committee)

Publications and Presentations

  • Chapter 30 – USA in “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2013,” (September 2012, Global Legal Group, Ltd.)(co-author)
  • Patent Reform – The Fuss About First-To-File, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel(June 2011)
  • 5th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Panel on “Patentable Subject Matter and Practice Strategies in the Shadow of Bilski” (January 2010; Moderator)
  • Book Chapter in “The Impact of Bilski on Business Method Patents Leading Lawyers on Navigating Procedural Changes, Forming New Patent Filing Strategies, and Forecasting Future Developments: Responses to Bilski: Rejections, Suggestions and Follow-On Case Law,” (August 2009, Aspatore Books, a Thomson Business)
  • Unreasonableness of the Patent Office’s “Broadest Reasonable Interpretation” Standard, AIPLA Quarterly Journal (Vol. 37, Number 3 (Summer 2009) (co-author)
  • Quanta v. LG Electronics: Further Restrictions on Patent Rights; but not an Exhaustion Windfall, Landslide (Vol. 1, No. 1 – Sept./Oct. 2008)
  • Authority and Issues to Consider Prior to Entering into Funding Agreements with the Federal Government, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal (April 2006)
  • There’s No Free Lunch: Before Accepting Government Funding To Help Develop Or Build A Security Product, Companies Must Understand How It Could Alter Their Intellectual Property Rights To The Product, Security Management Magazine (June 2005)
  • Shifting the Burden of Proving Patentability Vel Non In View of Dickinson v. Zurko,Journal of Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Fall 2004)
  • Supreme Court Rules on Key Patent Infringement Doctrine, Washington Legal Foundation, Vol. 17, No. 26 (2002)
  • Time-resolved Measurements of X-ray Damage to Optical Coatings, J. APP. PHYS., Vol. 81, No. 3 (1997) (co-author)
  • Spectroscopic Diagnostics in a Colliding Blast-wave Experiment, PHY. REV. E., Vol. 49, No. 2 (1994) (co-author)
  • Soft X-ray Output from a Laser-produced Plasma, J. QUANT. SPEC. and RAD. TRANS., Vol. 51, No. 1-2 (1994) (co-author)
  • X-ray Damage to Optical Components Using Laser-plasma Source, J. APP. PHYS., Vol. 74, No. 9 (1993) (co-author)