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Adia Burriss Coleman

Adia Burriss Coleman, M.I.M. (She/Her/Hers)

Intellectual Property Manager

  • Office of Research


Adia Burriss Coleman is the Intellectual Property Manager in the Office of Research, building upon her extensive experience in knowledge management. In this capacity, she is dedicated to safeguarding the intellectual assets of the institution while facilitating the responsible and ethical transfer of technology and innovation to the marketplace. By providing guidance on patent strategies, licensing agreements, and intellectual property policies, Adia Coleman plays a vital role in advancing the university's research agenda and fostering economic development.

Adia Burriss Coleman is a seasoned professional with a diverse background in information management and intellectual property rights. With a passion for facilitating access to knowledge and protecting innovative ideas, Adia Coleman has transitioned from a successful tenure as the Head of the Business Library to a pivotal role in the Technology Transfer Department of the Office of Research.

With a commitment to excellence and a track record of success in both academic and professional settings, Adia Coleman brings a unique blend of expertise in Information Management, Intellectual Property Management, and Library Science to her current role. Adia Coleman continues to actively engage in professional development activities to stay abreast of emerging trends and best practices in Information Management and Intellectual Property rights.

Education & Expertise


Master's of Information Management

University of Maryland

Bachelor's of Art

Morgan State University


USPTO Patent & Trademark Resource Center Certification

The Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Program administers a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries designated as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers authorized by 35 U.S.C. 12 to:

  • Disseminate patent and trademark information
  • Support diverse intellectual property needs of the public

PTRC library staff are information experts trained on how to use search tools to access patent and trademark information. They provide the human touch that no webpage or legal book can provide in helping inventors and small businesses find the information they need to protect their intellectual property.