Kathleen Kahler Fonda holds a B.S. degree from Juniata College, an M.S. degree from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, all in chemistry. Following a postdoctoral position in a biochemistry laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, Kathleen joined the USPTO in 1993 and examined patent applications in classes 536 and 514, concerning the chemistry and therapeutic methods of use of carbohydrate compounds. Kathleen was recognized as examining Master's level art in 1996, became a primary examiner in 1997, and received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award in 2000. She served on a detail to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in 2000. While an examiner, Kathleen attended George Mason University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude with an emphasis in intellectual property law in 2002. Kathleen left the USPTO in 2003, and clerked for Circuit Judge Pauline Newman at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit during the 2003-2004 term. Kathleen rejoined the USPTO in 2005, and is now a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration.