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Kimberly N. Van Voorhis

Kimberly N. Van Voorhis

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Kim Van Voorhis focuses primarily on high stakes medical device patent and trade secret litigation. Ms. Van Voorhis also conducts due diligence and pre-filing investigations, and has advised on trade secret claims on behalf of both employers and employees in various medical device fields.

For the past six years, Ms. Van Voorhis’ medical device work has centered on a series of lawsuits directed to needle-free intravenous access devices for a pioneer in this field, ICU Medical, Inc. She has represented ICU in four separate litigations, including in a recent jury trial in the District of Delaware and before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB). She also recently settled a case on behalf of another client, Optovue Corporation, which developed pioneering machines for optical coherence tomography using fourier domain technology.

Ms. Van Voorhis began her career in trademark litigation by working with companies on ICANN domain dispute and TTAB proceedings and district court enforcement. She continues to use that experience in cases that have overlapping technical and trademark-related issues.

Ms. Van Voorhis is presently on the Board of Directors for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) where she also served as the past chair of the Trademark Law Committee and past chair of the Trademark Relations with the USPTO Committee. Ms. Van Voorhis is also a frequent lecturer on patent and trademark-related topics at the AIPLA stated meetings, and she has been on the Practicing Law Institute Faculty for the past five years, lecturing annually at the Patent Law Institute.

In addition to her patent and trademark practice, Ms. Van Voorhis is also active in pro bono litigation matters and currently serves on the firm wide Pro Bono Committee. In 2010, she was awarded the California State Bar President’s Award for her team’s work in connection with rates paid to California’s foster parents to care for abused and neglected foster children. Ms. Van Voorhis continues to focus her pro bono efforts on foster care related advocacy. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Equal Rights Advocates, a California-based non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.

University of California, Irvine (B.S., 1994)
Loyola Law School (J.D., 1998)

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

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