Praised as an "excellent IP litigator" who is both "creative and detail-oriented" by market sources in Chambers USA, Katie is an experienced and skilled litigation attorney.

Overview

Katie focuses her practice on intellectual property and related business disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, and trade secrets in multiple industries and technologies including software and the Internet, medical devices, and consumer goods. She handles complex IP and commercial lawsuits and leads litigation teams in courts nationwide. Katie is a strategic litigator and strong courtroom advocate who achieves successful results for clients. 

After law school, Katie clerked for The Honorable James M. Rosenbaum, then Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Experience

Brought false advertising action and negotiated a favorable monetary and equitable settlement on behalf of plaintiff. 

Prevailed in bench trial regarding disputed fees.

Represented well-known national brand by handling trademark and copyright lawsuit against competitor and obtained favorable settlement.

Represented the Special Administrator of the Prince Rogers Nelson Estate by successfully handling copyright litigation and related matters for the Estate.

Represented medical device company in patent infringement case.

Represented national retailer in patent infringement action related to nutritional supplements and negotiated favorable settlement.

Represented established manufacturer of consumer goods as plaintiff in antitrust, malicious prosecution, and unfair competition action, after representing same client in defense of a prior patent infringement action that was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff.

Represented a technology company accused of trade dress infringement, copyright infringement, and false advertising by competitor based on our client’s industry-changing product and achieved favorable settlement.

Represented various companies of all sizes accused of patent infringement by non-practicing entities, especially for software and Internet-based patents, and negotiated favorable results.

Represented a small Internet-based business accused of copyright infringement based on marketing materials and achieved a favorable settlement and dismissal.

Defeated a $20 million fraud claim after week-long arbitration hearing.

Represented a composite products industrial manufacturer accused of design patent infringement and achieved voluntary dismissal of suit by plaintiff.

Represented an insurance company accused of infringement of a software patent and achieved a favorable settlement. 

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"New Developments in Copyright Law: Secondary Liability, Protected Features of Useful Articles, New Antitrust Guidance, and More," Midwest IP Institute, September 2017

"Patent Law Update," Patent Law Webcast Series, Minnesota CLE, March 7, 2017

"The Year in Copyright Law: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Oracle v. Google, and More," Midwest IP Institute, September 2016

"PTAB Litigation," MIPLA Stampede, May 2016

"A View from Behind the Bench: One Judge’s Perspective," Checklist Approach to Successful Motion Practice, Minnesota CLE, December 2015

"The SCOTUS Year in Review for Intellectual Property," MIPLA Stampede, May 2015

"Federal Civil Practice Deskbook: Initial Contact with the Court," Minnesota CLE, February 2014

Publications

"Supreme Court Decides Federal Government May Not Challenge Patent Validity in the Patent Office Under the AIA," Stinson LLP Alert, June 2019

"Patent Venue: The Federal Circuit Resolves Widespread Disagreement Among District Courts," Stinson LLP Alert, November 2017

"A New Limit on Patent Litigation Venue," Stinson LLP Alert, May 2017

"Supreme Court Decision Eliminates Defense to Claim of Inducing Infringement," Stinson LLP Alert, May 2015

"The Federal Circuit Court Holds that the Construction of Patent Claims Will Still be Reviewed De Novo on Appeal," Stinson LLP Alert, February 2014

"Chapter Eight: Initial Contact with the Court: Creation and Modification of a Scheduling Order and a Protective Order," Federal District of Minnesota Civil Practice Deskbook, 2014

Recognitions

Recognitions

Consistently featured in The Best Lawyers in America® for Intellectual Property Litigation and Minnesota Monthly magazine’s Best Lawyers®. 

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Federal Bar Association

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois 

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2001

  • Order of the Coif

Carleton College, B.A., Chemistry, cum laude, 1993

  • National Merit Scholar
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