Kathleen Kuznicki is a Patent Attorney registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She works with both individuals and businesses, including start-up businesses, to protect some of their most valuable assets, their intellectual property.
Innovative persons and their businesses who are working diligently to solve problems through their inventions should seek protection by obtaining a patent. Kathleen translates their inventive concepts into patents. She works with inventors to initially file their patent applications and also during the prosecution of their applications. After a patent is issued, she will pursue infringers.
Businesses work very hard to build their brand through marketing and providing superior goods and services. Kathleen helps businesses protect their branding, and the good will they have worked hard to establish in their brand, with trademark registration and aggressive defense of that registration.
She also advises clients that are being sued, or being threatened with an infringement suit, about the legal strategies that can be used for their defense. Other areas in which Kathleen advises clients are:
- White Space, Patentability or Infringement analysis
- Providing legal strategies in litigation matters that involve intellectual property
- Drafting and/or reviewing non-disclosure and licensing agreements
- Engaging with Foreign Counsel regarding international intellectual property matters
- Strategies to protect trade secrets
- Trademark searches
- Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution filings
Kathleen earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology-Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and 5 years post-doctoral research experience in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Though her background is based in Biology, Kathleen works on patent applications in a number of technical fields including medical devices, metallurgical compositions, sporting equipment, software, and manufactured articles.
Kathleen is the Immediate Past Division B Director for District 13 of Toastmasters International and is a member of the Cranberry Area Toastmasters Club and the Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters Club. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Women In Bio (Events Committee Chair (2014-2015)). She also is a member of the Millvale Sportsman’s Club, where she enjoys target shooting and archery, and is an NRA instructor for the courses: Basic Pistol, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, and Refuse to be a Victim.