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  • B.A. Mathematical Sciences, Rice University, (1974)
  • M.CIS Computer Science, Cleveland State University, (1995)
  • J.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Law, (1995)
Katherine R. Vieyra
Professional Experience

Katherine’s practice specializes in the analysis of client intellectual property and the design of appropriate legal tactics to protect client intellectual property.

Client Work

Katherine works primarily in securing patents for clients in the fields of computer software, medical devices, computer processors, battery storage packs and devices, and semiconductors.  Her work generally involves patent prosecution and patent counseling including non-infringement opinions, patentability opinions, etc.  In addition, Katherine undertakes trademark and copyright work.

Previous Work

Katherine has worked developing the patent strategy and implementing patent protection for a diverse client base including several Fortune 500 companies across many complex, cutting edge technology inventions in various arts including computer software, medical devices, electrical, mechanical and business methods.  She was responsible for preparing, filing and prosecuting over 200 original U.S. patent applications and managing a prosecution docket of about 500 worldwide cases.

In addition, Katherine has prepared legal opinions regarding patent infringement and patent validity, including analysis of legal precedents, patent claims, and cited references, as well as conducting the patent due diligence for several major Intellectual Property (IP) related deals and has counseled and advised various inventors and corporate clients in IP-related matters, such as the patent process, patent strategy and patentability.  Also, Katherine has provide IP related training to clients and potential clients in key areas of patent law including the America Invents Act of 2012, Appeal Procedure, and Inventorship.

Prior to working as a patent attorney, Katherine taught classes in the business school of two premier Ohio universities, Cleveland State and Akron.  One class, for example, focused on the use of computers by business professionals in which the role of computer operating systems in business strategy was examined, emphasizing that the students understand the business value of computer operations. In addition, Katherine undertook legal technical consultation, working with corporate counsel clients in team-oriented partnerships and performing activities such as transactional matters including licensing agreements. Moreover, Katherine has been a computer systems analyst and a database analyst for several corporations, both large and small.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Katherine’s presentations include:

First to File Patent Provisions of America Invents Act, HIA-LI Computer Technology

The Pendulum Swings Back: MGM v. Grokster, Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association

Professional Activities

Katherine has been active in the American Intellectual Law Property Law Association as a member of the Israel Committee, serving on the AIPLA Delegation to Israel  (2014-present) and the AIPLA Online Program Committee (2011-2013).

Bar and Court Admissions

State of Ohio
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Life Beyond the Law

I enjoy walking and being at the beach so that walking on the beach is a special treat for me.  I also enjoy looking at the architecture of cities and towns both large and small.  However, my greatest joy is playing with my grandkids.