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Kathleen E. McCarthy

Kathleen E. McCarthy

King & Spalding

New York, NY, USA


Katie McCarthy is a partner in the New York office of King & Spalding. 

Katie graduated from The College of the Holy Cross with a degree in psychology and then went on to get her law degree from Columbia University.  After law school, she started as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, leaving that firm in 1987 to specialize in IP, working at IP specialty firms in New York before joining the King & Spalding IP group 10 years ago. Katie now has 30 years of experience in trademark, design, advertising and copyright matters. 

Katie advises clients on global IP issues and litigates IP cases in the federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Recent cases include: representing a search engine in false advertising actions brought by locksmiths regarding unlicensed locksmith information appearing in search results and on maps; a trademark infringement action involving use of a music festival name in hashtags on social media; taking over an appeal to federal district court of an adverse decision in a TTAB opposition; assisting in defending one of the largest trademark jury verdicts on appeal; defending against design and utility patent claims involving shapewear; and defending an industry organization against a consultant’s trade secret theft claims.  

Katie is Second Vice President and on the Board of Directors of the IP association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA).  Katie just finished a two-year term as the Editor-In-Chief of the International Trademark Association’s scholarly journal The Trademark Reporter, having written, solicited and edited articles for the journal for more than 20 years.  Katie speaks frequently for the NYIPLA, INTA and PLI and serves as one of the editors for the PLI book, Kane on Trademark Law.  Katie also actively promotes diversity in the profession through her involvement in King & Spalding’s Women in IP initiatives.

Katie lives in Astoria, New York with her husband and two sons and likes to toss around kettlebells in her spare time.

Kathleen E. McCarthy is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Trademark Hot Topics (June 30, 2017) - Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017, Monday, October 02, 2017
PLI IP Enforcement Update 2018: Trademark Enforcement (October 20, 2017) - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018, Friday, January 26, 2018
Additional Ethics Reading Materials Relating to IP Enforcement - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018, Friday, January 26, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Trademark Enforcement Update - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018, Friday, January 26, 2018
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Trademark Enforcement Update - Trademark Enforcement Update, Friday, January 26, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Trademark Enforcement Update - Trademark Enforcement Update, Friday, January 26, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Trademark Enforcement Update - Trademark Enforcement Update, Friday, January 26, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018, Thursday, February 01, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Bridge-the-Gap: Professional Practice for Newly Admitted Attorneys 2018, Friday, August 03, 2018, New York, NY
Intellectual Property Law Institute 2018, Monday, October 22, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Bridge-the-Gap: Professional Practice for Newly Admitted Attorneys 2018, Friday, August 03, 2018, New York, NY
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