Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Kathy Ott was named a finalist by Denver Business Journal as an “Outstanding Woman in Business,” specifically recognized for her innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishments and community leadership – the 20th annual award’s criteria. Nearly 300 nominations, spanning 12 industries, were reviewed and judged by a panel of past-award winners and other committee members, with three finalists named per industry, including law.
As a partner at Merchant & Gould, 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 device technologies. Her practice also involves providing non-infringement and invalidity opinions regarding patents and products, from pharmaceuticals to medical devices to radio frequency transponders.
Ott applies her background in science and technology to help her clients push the envelope with their cutting-edge technologies. As a proponent for all areas of science and technology, she is always helping clients expand their ideas and inventions.
“We are all thrilled for Kathy on this well-deserved award. We’ve always known she’s ‘outstanding,’ and the recognition is exciting,” said Tim Scull, managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s Denver office. “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.”
Ott believes that “if you are in a professional career, you have a responsibility to make it accessible.” And, she does exactly that, giving back to families and children who need it most. Through multiple applications over a period of years, Ott provided pro bono legal assistance to immigrant victims of domestic violence under specific provisions of the Immigration & Nationality Act. She also works with Heart for Africa, a nonprofit organization that provides care for children in Swaziland.
Ott also helps advance opportunities for girls in STEM by providing strategies and tools to several inspiring organizations. She volunteers with Girls Inc., an organization with the mission of supporting and inspiring young girls with limited resources; and sits on an Advisory Committee for a targeted program called Eureka!™, aimed at providing enrichment programming to inspire girls to enter less-diverse STEM careers. And, Ott worked with Girl Scouts® of Colorado to launch the IP Patch event at the Denver Regional Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, encouraging girls to explore the many ways in which inventors solve problems and use IP to protect their ideas.
The Denver Business Journal’s “Outstanding Women in Business” winners will be announced at an awards dinner on Aug. 23. The collective winners and finalists will be featured in a special report by the Denver Business Journal, publishing on Aug. 24.