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Katherine M. Kowalchyk, Ph.D.

Katherine M. Kowalchyk, Ph.D.

Merchant & Gould PC

Minneapolis, MN, USA

As intellectual property plays a larger role in today's business landscape, Katherine understands that her clients need more than just patent applications. She helps them consider how a single application fits in with the rest of their portfolio and what kind of value it will bring to the company at a strategic and tactical level.

Katherine concentrates her practice in intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis in biotechnology. She is experienced in patentability assessment, strategic filing, and coordinated prosecution of worldwide patent applications, including prior art management, PTO examiner interviews, appeals, and oppositions. She also handles licensing transactions, intellectual property due diligence for technology and licensing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, product launches, and public offerings, including freedom-to-operate, landscape, infringement, and validity analysis and opinions. She has experience in post grant review of patents including inter partes reexamination and oppositions. She is a certified mediator.

Katherine provides strategic patent portfolio management for clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, and medical device industries. She also counsels clients on developments in the law related to biologic molecules, including proposed regulation of biosimilars (follow-on biologics), patentable subject matter as it relates to gene patents and diagnostic methods, and licensing.

A wealth of technical experience in the chemical and biotechnology arts allows Katherine to quickly understand complex technologies and interact with scientists and inventors in order to prepare the best intellectual property strategies. Her experience includes plant and animal genetics, immunology, cell growth and metabolism and receptor/ligand function, humanized antibody and antibody fragment design function, therapeutics and screening systems, genetic profiling, diagnostic and prognostic nucleic acid signature systems, hybrid and transgenic plants for food and consumer products, the interface of biomedical data and software platforms, organic and small molecule therapeutics, and nanoscale devices.

Katherine is a frequent contributor to the legal community, and writes and speaks on intellectual property issues in the life sciences as detailed below. She participates in firm management by chairing the diversity committee and serving on the conflicts committee at Merchant & Gould. She serves on the Board of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the diversity of attorneys practicing intellectual property law.

Her volunteer work is both local and international. She has signed up as a volunteer attorney for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Pro Bono Pilot Program. She has a passion for working with national and international nonprofits directed toward improving the health and welfare of women and children in the developing world.


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