Merchant & Gould is excited to announce the promotion of attorney Kathleen Ott to partner, after she worked as an associate for nine years. The promotion embraces the growth of the Denver office, bringing greater depth to the firm’s local leadership, commitment to diversity and advancement of women.
Ott’s practice is concentrated on patent prosecution and analysis. She focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of technology areas, from software to medical devices. Her practice also involves providing non-infringement and invalidity opinions, from pharmaceuticals to medical devices to radio frequency transponders. In addition to her emphasis in patent prosecution and opinion work, Ott has prosecuted and litigated trademarks and been involved in a number of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her professional approach and unique background help clients navigate their industries and stimulate greater innovation.
Ott believes strongly in public service and provides pro bono legal assistance to immigrant victims of domestic violence. She also serves on the Steering Committee and volunteers for ProBoPat, a program that provides pro bono patent legal services to underprivileged inventors. As a passionate advocate for advancing opportunities for girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), she supports a number of inspiring organizations. For example, she volunteers with Girls Inc., an organization with the mission of supporting and encouraging young girls with limited resources; and sits on the Advisory Committee for a targeted program called Eureka!™, aimed at providing enrichment programming to inspire girls to enter STEM careers. Ott also helped the Girl Scouts® of Colorado and the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association to launch an IP Patch event at the Denver Regional USPTO, encouraging girls to explore the many ways in which inventors solve problems and use IP to protect their ideas.
“Kathy is a leader in our firm and the community, empowering others to do and be their best – from seasoned professionals and technology companies with big ideas, to girls as future innovators – and encouraging an innovative business culture,” said Tim Scull, managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s Denver office. “We are proud to promote her and salute her work for the advancement of our technology and legal industries.”