Stephanie Kato’s practice encompasses a range of intellectual property law matters, with a focus on high-tech patent litigation and patent prosecution.
Stephanie has experience counseling clients on strategic patent portfolio development though preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as acquisition assessments, due diligence analysis, and freedom-to-operate opinions. She has also assisted clients with patent disputes before U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
With a background in mechanical engineering, Stephanie has experience in a variety of technology fields including in autonomous vehicles, circuit design, control systems, electronics and telecommunications, medical devices, robotics, and software development.
Stephanie is also actively involved in the firm's pro bono practice, including advocating on behalf of survivors of gender-based violence and volunteering with Asian American groups in the community.
Prior to her legal career, Stephanie worked as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford University. Her research focused on obstacle detection controllers and vision systems for autonomous vehicles.