Merchant & Gould Hires Two Associates in D.C.-Area Office

October 22, 2021

Merchant & Gould is pleased to have welcomed associates Catherine (Kate) S. Mayer and Hayley Ostrin to its legal team on Oct. 12.  Both Kate and Hayley specialize in Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which involve unfair and injurious competition in trade.

Kate helps businesses protect their intellectual property rights against unfair practices, including patent and trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation.  Having been a part of many successful cases before the ITC, she works to protect brands and products in large and small industries. Kate also has handled several trade secret cases, a rarity within the ITC.  Kate’s experience includes all phases of Section 337 investigations, from pre-complaint through trial and Commission briefing, and she has led trainings related to Section 337 strategy and procedure.  Kate received her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.  

Hayley’s practice includes IP litigation and counseling, with particular emphasis on Section 337 investigations before the ITC.  Like Kate, her experience with Section 337 investigations encompasses pre-complaint investigations through trial and Commission briefing, and she has extensive knowledge of ITC procedural and substantive issues, discovery and trial strategies, and other nuances of this unique practice area.  Hayley’s background as a sales engineer, which encompassed product management for multiple Fortune 500 companies, instilled a deep understanding for how trade and intellectual property affect a company’s ability to innovate.  She received her B.S. and M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California (Riverside), and her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.

“Hayley and Kate are excellent additions to Merchant & Gould, as we expand our litigation capabilities. Their international trade experience and focus on Section 337 investigations will be invaluable to our clients looking to protect their global assets,” said E. Joseph Gess, managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s D.C.-area office. “Our office is well situated and located for this type of work, and the backgrounds and insight offered by Hayley and Kate will greatly enhance our ITC practice capabilities.”

Josh Hartman, who joined Merchant & Gould last month as a partner to lead the firm’s ITC specialty within the Litigation Practice Group, added, “With the evolution of our global economy, the ITC is more important than ever as a forum for intellectual property and unfair competition disputes.  Kate, Hayley and I are excited to have joined Merchant & Gould and to bring collective relief to our clients in Section 337 matters.”