Kathryn Hong is counsel in the intellectual property group. Kathryn represents clients in patent matters across a broad range of technologies, including consumer electronics, computer software, wireless communications, semiconductors, mechanical devices, and Internet services.
Kathryn has extensive experience representing clients involved in patent disputes in federal district court, the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) of the USPTO, and the Federal Circuit. Her work in this area includes conducting pre-suit analyses; drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs; analyzing claim construction, infringement and validity positions; managing discovery; taking and defending depositions; attending hearings; and negotiating license and settlement agreements. As a part of her PTAB practice, Kathryn has worked on dozens of inter partes review proceedings, representing clients from filing of the petition through final written decision and appeal at the Federal Circuit. In addition, Kathryn has worked on licensing matters and patent reexaminations before the USPTO.
As a part of her pro bono practice, Kathryn has represented clients seeking asylum and disability benefits.
Prior to joining the firm, Kathryn was an extern for the Honorable Judge Vaughn Walker, who at the time was Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
- Emerson Electric v. SIPCO et al. (N.D. Ga., PTAB, Fed. Cir.): Representing Emerson Electric in multi-patent litigation and IPRs related to wireless mesh network technology.
- VIZIO v. Nichia (PTAB): Representing VIZIO in IPRs challenging patents related to LED technology.
- A leading multinational technology company v. Fujinomaki (PTAB): Representing a leading multinational technology company in IPR challenging patent generally related to a wireless security system for a mobile phone. Successfully obtained final written decision finding all challenged claims unpatentable.
- A leading multinational technology company v. Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC (PTAB) (IPR2016-00768): Represented a leading multinational technology company in IPR challenging a patent related to multicarrier modulation. Successfully obtained final written decision finding all claims unpatentable.
- Affinity Labs of Texas v. Samsung et al. (E.D. Tex., W.D. Tex., N.D. Cal.): Representing Samsung in two multi-defendant cases alleging infringement of patents relating to systems and methods for communicating media content. Successfully transferred the cases from E.D. and W.D. Tex. to the N.D. Cal. and stayed them pending the outcome of IPR proceedings.
- Samsung (PTAB, Fed. Cir.) (IPR2014-00209, IPR2014-00212, IPR2014-00407, IPR2014-00408, IPR2014-01181, IPR2014-01182, IPR2014-01184, Appeal Nos. 15-1933, 16-1208, 16-2022, 16-2023, 16-2024): Representing Samsung in IPRs challenging claims of three patents generally related to the delivery of Internet media content to a portable device. Successfully obtained final written decisions finding all challenged claims of the three patents unpatentable and successfully obtained Rule 36 affirmances on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
- A leading multinational technology company v. Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. (PTAB, Fed. Cir.) (IPR2015-01898, IPR2015-01899, Appeal Nos. 18-1185, 18-1186): Representing a leading multinational technology company in IPRs challenging two patents related to graphical user interfaces for mobile phones. Successfully obtained final written decisions finding all challenged claims unpatentable.
- A major semiconductor manufacturing company v. Optical Measurement Systems, LLC (D. Del.): Obtained favorable early resolution on behalf of client in litigation involving networking hardware technology.
- Worlds.com v. Activision Blizzard et al. (D. Mass.): Representing Activision in patent litigation involving virtual world client-server technology for video game products.
- LG Electronics et al. v. Whirlpool (D.N.J.): Represented LG Electronics in patent litigation involving refrigeration technology.
- Wi-LAN v. LG Electronics et al. (E.D. Tex.): Represented LG Electronics in patent litigation involving CDMA and Wi-Fi technology.
- Cited, “PTAB Finds Wireless Patent Challenged by Arris, HP Invalid,” Law360 (September 20, 2017)
- “Rule 34: A Cause for Confusion,” Law Technology News (January 16, 2009)
- “Understanding Native Hawaiian Rights: Mistakes and Consequences of Rice v. Cayetano,” 15 Asian Am. L. J. 9 (2008)
- “Third-Party Intervention in Section 337 Investigations,” 22 337 Reporter 53 (2006)