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Katy is highly regarded in her field, with a practice that encompasses all aspects of trademark law – from trademark and brand creation to trademark litigation. Her unique combination of private practice and in-house counsel experience allows her to provide strategic and targeted advice that is simultaneously comprehensive and pragmatic. Her in-house experience managing famous and unusual trademarks gives her a truly international perspective and practice.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1987, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • University of California, Irvine, 1980, B.A., German
  • University of California, Irvine, 1982, B.S., Biology

  • California

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • European Community Trademark Association (ECTA)
  • ChIPs, co-Chair Silicon Valley Chapter; Vice-Chair ChIPs Social Justice Committee
  • INTA Presidential Task Force Member on Committee Structure, Participation and Function, 2015
  • INTA Saul Lefkowtiz Moot Court, National Chair, 2012-2013, Current Committee Member
  • Menlo Atherton Academy Student Mentoring Program, 2008-2020
  • Volunteers in Parole, VIP, Outstanding Match/Mentor Award, 1996, 2000, 2007

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2023-2024
  • Recognized as “Best Mentor” at the 2023 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards
  • Named to the EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists, Top 50 Advocates U.S., 2021
  • Reed Smith WinRS Award, April, 2019
  • Ranked in The World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, 2013 - 2024
  • Top 250 Women in IP and IP Stars. 2013-2023
  • Nominated as one of the world's leading practitioners in Trademarks, 2014-2022
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion on the Northern California Super Lawyers list for Intellectual Property, 2014-2023
  • San Jose (CA) Business Journal, Woman of Influence, 2012
  • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500 US, International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers
  • Listed as one of the Top Attorneys In Northern California by San Francisco Magazine, 2018