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Cathy E. Cretsinger

Cathy E. Cretsinger

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Patent Prosecution & Counseling

Consumer Products; Semiconductors & Electronics; Technology & Software; Retail

Cathy Cretsinger focuses her practice on patent portfolio development and strategic counseling in the Technology and Software industry area. In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, she has assisted clients in the development of patent strategy, as well as infringement and validity analysis in a variety of contexts including opinions of counsel, licensing, and litigation.

Dr. Cretsinger has experience with a range of technologies including microprocessor architecture, 3-D graphics and computer-generated animation, video drivers, wireless communication, networking, photonics and optical devices, memory circuits, business methods and software, and consumer electronics.

Prior to entering the field of law, Dr. Cretsinger conducted research as a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow in the field of experimental high-energy particle physics. Her research projects included software development, mechanical design, optical devices and systems, electronics, data acquisition systems and data analysis. She is a co-discoverer of an elementary particle called the top quark.

Experience Highlights

Nazomi Communications Inc. v. Nokia Corporation, Garmin et al.
Represents Garmin, a leading manufacturer of global positioning and navigation devices, as defendant in a patent infringement case related to patents for hardware acceleration. Case is ongoing.

Nazomi Communications, Inc. v. Nokia Corp. et al., No. 8:10-00151 (C.D. Cal. filed Feb. 8, 2010).

*Experience gained by attorney prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend

Professional & Community Activities

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member


University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D. (2001)

University of Rochester, Ph.D., Physics (1996)

University of Rochester, M.A., Physics (1992)

University of Arizona, B.S., Physics (1990)
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions
California (2001)

Court Admissions
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2002)

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