Katrina M. Quicker

Partner

Atlanta
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"Katrina Quicker chairs the firm's IP litigation group and regularly counsels clients on patent infringement disputes. Clients praise her 'good knowledge of US patent case law.'"

— Chambers USA 2020

Overview

Katrina Quicker is the co-leader of the firm’s Patent Litigation practice. A registered patent attorney, Katrina is a seasoned and versatile first-chair litigator, having litigated more than 100 patent infringement cases over the course of her twenty-year career. She serves as lead trial counsel on behalf of companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, computer and electronics, mechanical, and consumer products industries, and has tried multiple cases in federal district courts and at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Katrina also routinely appears before state and appellate courts and before tribunals such as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Beyond patents, she regularly litigates trademark, copyright, domain name, and trade secret matters, licensing disputes, as well as a variety of commercial disputes.

In addition to her active litigation practice, Katrina actively manages, files, prosecutes, and maintains her clients’ worldwide portfolios of patent and trademark applications and registrations. For over a decade, she has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for intellectual property matters. A strategic advisor, she also frequently assists clients with the launch of new brands and social media and advertising campaigns.

Clients and peers alike recognize Katrina as a leading intellectual property lawyer. She has been acknowledged by respected publications like Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500, Intellectual Asset Management, and named by Managing IP as one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” and by Georgia Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 50 Women.”

In addition to her practice group responsibilities, Katrina serves on the firmwide and Atlanta Office Diversity Committees, the Intellectual Property Team’s Strategic Advisory Committee, and previously served as the firm’s Atlanta Intellectual Property Leader. In the community, she has passionately championed for diversity and inclusion in the profession for over two decades. She is lauded for being “fearless and relentless in her pursuit of justice.” She is a member of the Board of Directors for Lambda Legal and for the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.

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Federal Court Patent Litigation
  • Represented a Fortune 500 technology company in successfully defending against patent infringement allegations relating to digital image processing. Obtained a summary judgment decision invalidating the patent under Section 101, and that decision was affirmed in a precedential opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Section 337 ITC Investigations
  • Represented medical device company at trial in defense of an ITC investigation alleging its radiopharmaceutical medical devices infringed three patents. Following the hearing, obtained final determination of no violation upon showing that all of the asserted claims are invalid. Decision is being appealed.
Trademark
  • Represented international glove company in district court lawsuit accusing domain name registration and web developer company of trademark infringement. The lawsuit followed a successful UDRP proceeding against the same company in which the arbitrator determined that the company had registered the confusingly similar domain name in bad faith.

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Experience

Federal Court Patent Litigation
  • Represented a Fortune 500 technology company in successfully defending against patent infringement allegations relating to digital image processing. Obtained a summary judgment decision invalidating the patent under Section 101, and that decision was affirmed in a precedential opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Defended ANDA holder and generic drug distributor of naproxen sodium softgels against NDA holder’s assertion that four patents listed in the FDA’s Orange Book were infringed. Following the exchange of discovery, contentions, and claim construction briefing, both parties mediated a resolution before the magistrate judge.
  • Represented prestigious research university in pursuing patent infringement claims against multiple companies and in defending against inter partes review (IPR) involving digital PCR technology used to detect abnormalities in biological samples.
  • Defended innovative U.S. sports clothing and accessories company in patent infringement case relating to fitness tracking application the enables users to track nutritional information. After filing a motion to dismiss contending that the asserted patents were invalid as abstract ideas, the parties settled.
  • Defended prestigious research university against patent infringement allegations involving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology and associated software.
  • Represented industry leader in baby products in design patent infringement lawsuit. Obtained a favorable settlement just prior to jury selection.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical innovator in Hatch-Waxman litigation involving generic company’s Section 505(b)(2) NDA over a formulary analgesic. Case favorably settled following motion practice and filing of Citizen Petition at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Section 337 ITC Investigations
  • Represented medical device company at trial in defense of an ITC investigation alleging its radiopharmaceutical medical devices infringed three patents. Following the hearing, obtained final determination of no violation upon showing that all of the asserted claims are invalid. Decision is being appealed.
  • Represented medical glove company at trial in pursuing exclusion order against more than 50 respondents accused of patent infringement.
Trademark
  • Represented international glove company in district court lawsuit accusing domain name registration and web developer company of trademark infringement. The lawsuit followed a successful UDRP proceeding against the same company in which the arbitrator determined that the company had registered the confusingly similar domain name in bad faith.
  • Represented nine restaurant franchisees in appeal of trial court decision relating to dispute with franchisor regarding franchise agreement and illegal kickbacks. Following briefing and oral argument, obtained a ruling reversing the district court judgment.
Copyright
  • Represented nonprofit educational administrators at trial counsel and on appeal in defending against claims of copyright infringement relating to the college library’s use of an electronic reserves system. After a three-week trial, the district court issued a 350-page opinion finding that 94 of the 99 alleged infringing uses were covered by fair use. Following two appeals, the district court determined that 89 of the 99 alleged infringements were protected by fair use.
Prosecution
  • Represents one of the world’s largest chemical producers in managing its extensive patent portfolio, including preparing and prosecuting both domestic and international patent applications; participating in reexamination, interference and appeal proceedings at the PTAB; and drafting technology license and joint development agreements.
  • Represents international company for all of its global intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution, patent appeals before the PTAB, trademark prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB, copyright registrations, and UDRP disputes, as well as for securing regulatory premarket approvals from the FDA for the company’s medical gloves.
Technology Transactions
  • Advised and assisted government agency in drafting hackathon official contest rules for a technology challenge aimed at expanding the use of smart vehicle technologies to improve traffic congestion, safety, and mobility and hackathon winner’s technology license agreement.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company on the $70 million sale of its worldwide rights to one of its drugs outside the United States.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Intellectual Property in Georgia (2015 to 2020)
    • Band 3 (2018 to 2020), Band 4 (2015 to 2017), Up & Coming (2012 to 2013)
  • Chambers Women in Law Up and Coming Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Award Nominee (2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2021)
    • Georgia: Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • The Legal 500 United States (2015 to 2016, 2018)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Copyright
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
    • Georgia: Recognized for Patent Prosecution (2013 to 2020)
  • Euromoney Expert Guides, Patent (2017)
  • Managing IP "Top 250 Women in IP" (2014)
  • Georgia "Super Lawyer" (2015 to 2020)
    • Georgia Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2007, 2009 to 2013)
  • Law360’s “Legal Lions” (August 2020)
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society Fellowship
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Leadership Academy

Memberships

  • Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court: Master
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers: Board Member
  • American Constitution Society: Judicial Pipeline Taskforce Member
  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Regional Training Program Instructor
  • State Bar of Georgia: Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession

Community

  • Lambda Legal: Board Member, Co-Chair of Nominating Committee
  • Stonewall Bar Association: Mentor
  • LGBT Bar: Lavender Law Straight Allies Panelist
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society: Former Advisory Board Member
  • Safe Kids Georgia: Former Board Chair
  • Atlanta Rowing Club: Former Board Member

Pro Bono

  • Representing The Human Rights Campaign and two transgender women of color in challenging the Administration’s proposed regulations that strips protections for LGBTQ patients against discrimination by doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies, and obtained preliminary injunction; the case is currently on appeal.
  • Represented multiple victims of domestic violence in obtaining temporary restraining orders.
  • Represented multiple tenants in wrongful evictions and in security deposit disputes.
  • Represented Muslim inmate in lawsuit challenging jail’s denial of religious group prayer participation.
  • Represented undocumented alien immigrant child in foster care in Section 1983 action against county DFACS.
  • Represented minor child from Mexico in civil action under the Hague Convention’s International Child Abduction Remedies Act.

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William J. Skow, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, General Trial Division (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Judicial Law Intern for the Honorable James D. Jensen, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, General Trial Division (Toledo, Ohio)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 55,554
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., University of Toledo College of Law, 2000, magna cum laude; Editor, The University of Toledo Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • B.S., Biology, Indiana University, 1995

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Considerations for 3D Printing of Medical Devices, Accessories, Components and Parts During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Lindsay P. Holmes, Katrina M. Quicker, Lee H. Rosebush, Marc N. Wagner
April 13, 2020
The medical device industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been experimenting with three-dimensional (3D) printing for years. Shortages of medical devices such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators abound...
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