Karen has over fifteen years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications for domestic and international clients in the biotechnology, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, and green tech industries. As part of her practice, Karen advises her clients on strategies for developing international patent portfolios, counsels her clients on third party patent positions, and assists her clients in obtaining licensing agreements. Karen also has experience preparing patent legal opinions, including invalidity, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions.
Representative technology areas that Karen has addressed for her clients include diagnostic assays, bioinformatics, biomaterials, chemical catalysts, polymer materials, microlithographic techniques, medical devices, surgical devices, biological fluid handling devices, drug delivery systems, vaccines, ophthalmic preparations, pharmaceuticals, new chemical entities, and methods of isolating embryonic stem cells.
In addition to advising her clients on patent matters, Karen also assists her pharmaceutical clients with FDA compliance issues, including the preparation of New Drug Applications and Investigational New Drug Applications.
As an intellectual property attorney, Karen also assists her clients in trademark matters, including conducting and analyzing trademark searches and obtaining and managing domestic and international trademark portfolios.
Shortly after completing law school, Karen spent two years working at the Office of Petitions at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where she prepared petitions decisions for the Commissioner of Patents on a number of legal issues. Prior to entering law school, Karen spent seven years working in research laboratories at the Texas Medical Center and Stanford University where she prepared murine embryonic stem cells and transgenic and knockout mice.
Karen has a biochemistry undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from Whittier School of Law. She is a member in good standing of the California and D.C. Bars and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Karen is also an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inns of Court.