Katherine works with individual and corporate clients to identify, protect, assert and defend their intellectual property assets, with an emphasis on patent-related matters.
Katherine leverages her experience in both patent prosecution and litigation to successfully assert and defend against patent infringement suits. Her technical background and experience drafting and prosecuting patents inform her litigation strategies, particularly her approach on claim construction, infringement and invalidity. Katherine draws on her litigation experience to draft and prosecute enforceable patents and help clients develop global patent protection strategies. She also provides valuable advice to clients on avoiding the patents of competitors as well as preventing or stopping infringement of their intellectual property. Katherine has worked with and understands the varying needs of many different types of clients, including multinational corporations, medium-sized businesses, small businesses and individual inventors.
Katherine’s technical background allows her to help clients in a variety of technology areas including gas turbine engines, energy and power systems, environmental control and HVAC systems, fluid handling and process controls and devices, 3-D printing and additive manufacturing, life sciences, biotechnology, chemical processes, medical devices, mechanical devices, outdoor and recreational equipment and nanotechnology.
Prior to joining Fredrikson, Katherine worked as an associate at an intellectual property law firm in Minneapolis. During law school, Katherine was a Judicial Intern in the Wisconsin Supreme Court for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and an Articles Editor on the Wisconsin Law Review. During her undergraduate studies at MIT, Katherine interned at Microbia Precision Engineering where she optimized fermentation processes in Yarrowia lipolytica and worked on extraction methods.
Patent Prosecution and Intellectual Property Asset Management
- Prepared and prosecuted numerous patent applications, including PCT and foreign counterparts, on a variety of technologies on behalf of multinational corporations, medium-sized businesses, small businesses and individual inventors.
- Participated in patent clearance studies for billion dollar product lines.
- Performed and analyzed numerous patent landscape, patentability and clearance searches.
- Advised clients on noninfringement, invalidity and design-around strategies.
- Assisted with negotiation and drafting of licensing agreements and option agreements relating to intellectual property.
Intellectual Property Litigation
- Involved in all aspects of litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, including pre-litigation investigation, claim construction, drafting briefs and motions, discovery, trial and appellate review.
- Member of litigation team for a client asserting multiple patents from claim construction all the way through trial and post-trial.
- Drafted successful summary judgment motion asserting laches, which resulted in settlement of a patent infringement suit and countersuit.
- Worked with expert witnesses to prepare expert reports on validity and infringement, as well as to prepare them for depositions and trial testimony.
Articles & Presentations
November 17, 2017
Health and safety equipment like 3M 8210 Particulate Respirators have become a popular target for counterfeiters, particularly those in China.Read More
May 8, 2017
In SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, the Supreme Court recently ended over a 100 years of application of the equitable doctrine of laches in patent infringement cases.Read More
August 25, 2016
The Federal Circuit has had few opportunities to address the new standard for proving indefiniteness since the Supreme Court relaxed the standard from “insoluble ambiguity” to “reasonable certainty” more than two years ago in Nautilus v. Biosig. Recently, however, the Federal Circuit applied Nautilus in affirming decisions in parallel cases, Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Polar Electro Oy and Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Garmin International, Inc., finding Icon’s asserted patent invalid as indefinite.Read More
April 26, 2016
In Genetic Technologies Ltd. v. Merial LLC, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued an opinion holding yet another biotech patent invalid. The Federal Circuit applied the two-step Alice/Mayo test for patent eligibility in upholding the district court’s finding of invalidity. The patent at issue, U.S. Patent No. 5,612,179 (the ‘179 patent), is directed to methods of analyzing DNA sequences to detect an allele of gene by amplifying non-coding regions of the DNA. The parties agreed that claim 1 is representative of all of the invalidated claims:Read More
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Presenter, “The Year in Review for Minnesota IP Litigation,” MIPLA Stampede, June 2016
Honors & Education
- University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2012, cum laude
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., Chemical Biological Engineering, 2009
- Minnesota, 2013
- Wisconsin, 2013
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2015
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 2016
- Illinois, 2012 (inactive)
- Russian, fluent
- Spanish, proficient
- Wisconsin Law Review, Articles Editor, 2011-2012; Member, 2010-2011
- Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
- Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Judicial Intern, Honorable Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2012
- MIT Educational Council, 2012-present