Katharine Burke

Practice Group Co-Chair - IP Litigation (Firmwide) Partner

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Washington, D.C.

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Katharine Burke

Katharine Burke's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and licensing assertions. Ms. Burke has significant experience with a wide range of technologies and in all aspects of cases, including crafting technical positions, trial presentation, and overall team management.

With a background in electrical engineering, Ms. Burke represents clients in cases involving a range of technologies including mobile telecommunications, mobile phone operating systems and applications, flash memory, network protocols, multimedia, and medical devices.

Ms. Burke has been part of trial teams in IP litigations in federal district court and at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). She has also represented clients in contract disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, and appellate litigation. In addition, she represents pro bono clients in matters related to workplace discrimination, child custody, and veterans’ benefits.

Related Experience

  • Motorola Solutions v. Hytera (N.D. Ill.) – Represented Motorola Solutions in assertion of its patents and trade secrets relating to two-way radios.
  • W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. v. C.R. Bard Inc.  (D. Del.) – Represented Bard in suit brought by Gore alleging infringement of medical device patents. Received summary judgment of non-infringement for one patent. Jury found all asserted claims of remaining patent not infringed and invalid on multiple grounds.
  • Licensing matters – Represented large technology companies in various transactional and assertion matters.
  • Chamberlain v. TTI (N.D. Ill.) – Represented Chamberlain in its assertion of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims.
  • NVIDIA v. Samsung (U.S.I.T.C.) – Represented Samsung in suit related to NVIDIA’s assertion that Samsung infringed seven patents related to graphics processing technology. NVIDIA dismissed one patent after favorable claim construction. Commission found all remaining patents not infringed or invalid.
  • Represented climate control manufacturer in assertion of patent related to HVAC control. Jury returned finding in favor on all issues, including infringement and validity.
  • Samsung (U.S.I.T.C.) – Represented Samsung in assertion of Samsung’s patents related to cellular technology. Parties reached a favorable settlement after the hearing.
  • Certain Automated Media Library Devices, No. 337-TA-746 (U.S.I.T.C.) – Defended IBM in case involving automated tape libraries.
  • Represented leading consumer electronics and software company against HTC in the ITC to protect smartphone technologies. Received and enforced an exclusion order barring HTC's infringing products from importation into the U.S.
  • Certain Flash Memory Chips and Products Containing the Same, No. 337-ITC-664 (U.S.I.T.C.) – Defended Samsung in case involving four patents relating to flash memory.
  • Infineon Technologies v. Atmel Corp. (D. Del.) – Represented Infineon in case involving microcontroller technology.
  • Garnet Digital, LLC v. Cellco Partnership and Verizon Communications Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex.) – Represented Verizon in case involving telecommunications and video transmission and display.
  • Level 3 Communications v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (E.D. Va.) – Defended Limelight in case involving content delivery networks.
  • Certain Video Security Equipment And Systems, Related Software, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same, No. 337-TA-1281 (U.S.I.T.C.) – Representing Motorola Solutions and affiliates as complainants in patent infringement investigation.
  • Certain Chemical Mechanical Planarization Slurries and Components Thereof, No. 337-TA-1204 (U.S.I.T.C.) – Representing CMC Materials as complainant in patent infringement investigation.
  • Moxchange LLC v. Avigilon USA Corp. (D. Del.) – Defended Avigilon in patent infringement action related to video encryption technologies.
  • Cypress Lake Software, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (E.D. Tex. and U.S.P.T.O.) – Defended Samsung in patent infringement suit and inter partes review and ex parte review proceedings relating to streaming and video interface technologies; granted stay of district court suit based on PTO proceedings; settled after stay.
  • Certain Magnetic Data Storage and Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same (II), No. 337-TA-1076 (U.S.I.T.C.) – Represented Fujifilm in second investigation of Sony's infringement of a number of Fujifilm patents related to magnetic tape data storage technologies.
  • Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same, No. 337-TA-1012 (U.S.I.T.C.) – Represented Fujifilm in investigation of Sony's infringement of a number of Fujifilm patents related to magnetic tape data storage technologies.

Awards & Community

Recognized as a "Next Generation Partner" in The Legal 500 U.S. for Trade Secret Litigation, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023

Recognized as a Washington D.C. Rising Star by The National Law Journal, 2020

Recognized as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2017


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