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Katherine L. Hoffee

Associate
+1.312.807.4325
Fax +1.312.345.9987

Katherine Hoffee is an intellectual property lawyer focusing on patent litigation and prosecution-related matters.  She has a background in chemical engineering and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Prior to being a lawyer, Ms. Hoffee worked first as a global design engineer, and then as an application engineer for a large chemical manufacturing company.

Ms. Hoffee’s experience includes patent litigation matters before the Northern Districts of Illinois, the District of Delaware, the District of Maryland, and the International Trade Commission both in supporting and defending charges of patent infringement.  She is experienced in many phases of patent litigation, including pre-suit investigation, pleadings, fact and expert discovery, claim construction, defending depositions, discovery and dispositive motion practice, summary judgment hearings, trial preparation, trial, post-trial motions and hearings, and in drafting settlement agreements.

Ms. Hoffee’s patent litigation experience involves a variety of technologies, including work in the fields of medical devices, automotive parts, pharmaceuticals, and stem cell technology.

As a PTO-registered lawyer, Ms. Hoffee has experience in post-grant proceedings at the Patent and Trademark Office.  She has experience handling inter partes review including preparing petitions for inter partes review and preparing invalidity claim charts.  

Ms. Hoffee also has experience in patent prosecution matters involving a variety of technologies such as medical devices, automotive parts, and pharmaceuticals.

Professional Background

During law school, Ms. Hoffee worked as a summer associate for K&L Gates, along with several other Chicago law firms. Prior to law school, Ms. Hoffee worked as an engineer at Dow Corning Corporation, first as a process design engineer for global capital projects, and then as an application engineer supporting silicone technology in the textiles market.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Counsel for Endologix, Inc. in patent litigation matter involving medical device technology in the District of Delaware.
  • Counsel for Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Baxter Healthcare SA, Baxalta Inc., Baxalta U.S. Inc., and Baxalta GmbH in International Trade Commission Investigation related to recombinant Factor VIII technology.
  • Counsel for LKQ Corporation in patent litigation matter involving automotive coating process in the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Trial counsel for NeuralStem, Inc. on issue of standing with respect to the StemCells, Inc. patents at issue.  Received ruling in favor of NeuralStem, which led to parties settling the dispute.
  • Prepared and filed inter partes review petition at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of Petitioner Endologix, Inc.  Petition has been instituted and the proceeding is on-going. 
  • Prepared and filed multiple inter partes review petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of Petitioner Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.  Some of the petitions have been instituted and the proceedings are on-going. 
  • Prepared and filed multiple inter partes review petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of Petitioner Praxair Distribution, Inc.  Some of the petitions have been instituted and the proceedings are on-going.