Katrina M. Quicker

Partner

Atlanta
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"[Katrina] is praised by clients for 'cutting to the chase' with patent litigation and pre-litigation advice."

— Chambers USA 2015

Overview

Katrina Quicker focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation and pre-litigation counseling. Katrina routinely appears before federal district and appellate courts throughout the country, as well as before tribunals such as the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She also serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for intellectual property matters. Katrina's career began with training under one of the most well-known IP attorneys in the Atlanta area, Anthony Askew. Over the course of her career, she has litigated more than 60 patent infringement cases covering technologies including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, chemical, mechanical, computer and electronics, and consumer products. A registered patent attorney, Katrina has extensive experience securing, protecting and managing patents and trademarks in the United States and internationally. She also represents licensors and licensees in negotiating and drafting agreements that transfer intellectual property rights, and has advised clients on Hatch-Waxman lawsuits, regulatory filings for FDA Orange Book listing, FDA medical device matters such as premarket approval, and drug manufacturing compliance issues.

Katrina has been named an "Up and Coming" Intellectual Property attorney by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2012 and called "a future frontrunner" in the 2013 edition of IAM's Patent 1000 list – the best-in-class listing of patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners. She is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee.

Select Experience

  • Served as co-lead counsel in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Becker et al. Defended the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia against allegations that the Regents' members and Georgia State University administrators systematically encouraged faculty members to commit copyright infringement through sanctioned use of electronic reserve systems. 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.
  • Lead trial counsel for a Fortune 500 company. Successfully defended the company against patent infringement allegations, and the decision on summary judgment invalidating the patent under Section 101 was affirmed in a precedential opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Lead trial counsel for a prestigious research university in pursuing patent infringement claims involving digital PCR technology used to detect abnormalities in biological samples.
  • 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 Patent Office; and drafting technology license and joint development agreements.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company on the $70 million sale of its worldwide rights to one of its drug outside the United States.
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Experience

  • Served as co-lead counsel in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Becker et al. Defended the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia against allegations that the Regents' members and Georgia State University administrators systematically encouraged faculty members to commit copyright infringement through sanctioned use of electronic reserve systems. 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.
  • Lead trial counsel for a Fortune 500 company. Successfully defended the company against patent infringement allegations, and the decision on summary judgment invalidating the patent under Section 101 was affirmed in a precedential opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Lead trial counsel for a prestigious research university in pursuing patent infringement claims involving digital PCR technology used to detect abnormalities in biological samples.
  • 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 Patent Office; and drafting technology license and joint development agreements.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company on the $70 million sale of its worldwide rights to one of its drug outside the United States.
  • Co-lead trial counsel representing a medical device company in a two-week patent infringement trial at the International Trade Commission against more than 50 respondents.
  • Lead trial counsel for a prestigious research university in defending against patent infringement allegations involving magnetic resonance imaging technology.
  • Represented a university's research foundation in arbitration involving a patent royalty dispute with a large pharmaceutical company.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical innovator against a generic drug company in ANDA litigation over a formulary analgesic.
  • Negotiated more than 40 license agreements for a manufacturing company.
  • Secures, protects and manages patents and trademarks domestically and internationally for physicians, medical device companies, public and private corporations, and large universities.
  • Represents licensors and licensees in negotiating and drafting agreements that transfer intellectual property rights, including patents, know-how, trademarks, domain names, trade secrets and copyrights.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA
    • Intellectual Property in Georgia (2015 to 2017)
    • Intellectual Property in Georgia "Up and Coming" (2012 to 2013)
    • Women in Law Up and Coming Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Award Nominee (2013)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2015, 2016)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Copyright
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
    • Georgia: Recognized for Patent Litigation and Transactions (2013 to 2017)
  • Euromoney Expert Guides, Patent (2017)
  • Managing IP "Top 250 Women in IP" (2014)
  • Georgia "Super Lawyer" (2015 to 2017)
    • "Top 50 Women" (2016)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2007, 2009 to 2013)
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society Fellowship
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Leadership Academy

Memberships

  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • State of Georgia: Special Assistant Attorney General for intellectual property matters
  • Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court: Barrister
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Regional Training Program Instructor
  • Lambda Legal: Board Member
  • Stonewall Bar Association: Mentor
  • Lavender Law Straight Allies: Panelist
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • State Bar of Georgia: Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession

Community

  • Safe Kids Georgia
    • Board Member
    • Former Board Chair
  • Atlanta Rowing Club: Board Member
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society: Advisory Board Member

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