Kathleen R. Geyer
Associate

1420 Fifth Avenue Suite 3700, Seattle, WA USA 98101

Overview

Kate Geyer is a trial lawyer who focuses her practice on patent litigation matters in federal district courts and the International Trade Commission. She represents a broad range of clients across a diverse set of industries, from individual inventors to some of the largest companies in the world.

Ms. Geyer has experience in all aspects of litigation, including infringement and validity analyses, motion practice, claim construction, discovery, taking and defending depositions, expert discovery, pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appeals. She has participated in all phases of trial at both the ITC and in district court, including examination of witnesses. In addition, Ms. Geyer focuses her practice on post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and has argued at inter partes review hearing through the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP).

Ms. Geyer is the co-host of Sidebars, a podcast featuring leading women and other underrepresented groups in the patent bar.

While attending law school, Ms. Geyer worked as a summer associate with the firm in 2018. She served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Kara Stoll in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and a law clerk in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations at the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Ms. Geyer was a research assistant to Professor F. Scott Kieff and Articles Editor for the George Washington Law Review. Ms. Geyer won the 2018-2019 AIPLA Giles S. Rich IP Moot Court Competition.

Ms. Geyer was recognized as a Washington "Rising Star" in 2023 and 2024 for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.

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Experience

Defended Nalu Medical in a patent lawsuit filed by Nevro over spinal cord stimulators, which included injunctive relief to prevent Nalu from commercializing its recently FDA-approved neurostimulation system. On the eve of the claim construction hearing in Delaware, and shortly before the PTAB’s institution decision of Nalu’s IPR Petition challenging Nevro’s patent was due, we obtained a favorable settlement for Nalu. Nevro Corp. v. Nalu Medical, Inc., No. 1-20-cv-00291 (D. Del.) and Nalu Medical, Inc. v. Nevro Corp., IPR2021-01023 (PTAB)

Represented Zodiac Pool Systems LLC and Zodiac Pool Care Europe, leading manufacturers and innovators in the pool care industry, in a patent infringement and importation investigation at the International Trade Commission, with a related action in the Central District of California, against Wybotics, Co. Ltd. (d/b/a Winny Pool Cleaner), Tianjin Pool & Spa, Aiper Inc., Aiper Intelligent, LLC, and Shenzhen Aiper Intelligent Co., Ltd. The investigation involved two Zodiac patents covering pioneering technology in robotic pool cleaners. We were able to stop these entities’ infringement before trial. Specifically, before the close of fact discovery, Zodiac settled favorably with the Aiper entities on confidential terms, leading to the issuance of a consent order which bars Aiper from importing or selling any of the Accused Products in the United States. Zodiac also obtained sworn representations during discovery from Wybotics that it had completely stopped manufacturing, importing, and selling the Accused Products in the United States. Certain Robotic Pool Cleaners and Components Thereof, U.S. ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1326; Zodiac Pool Care Europe v. Wybotics, Co. Ltd. et al, No. 2:22-cv-05271 (C.D. Cal.). We also helped coordinate strategy for a seizure and infringement action in France involving the same products, which remains pending.

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Education

George Washington University Law School J.D. (2019) with high honors, Order of the Coif, Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck Award

Massachusetts Institute of Technology B.S. (2012) Physics, Minors in Mathematics and Political Science

Admissions

Washington (2019)

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Professional & Community Activities

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member

National Association of Women Lawyers, Advocacy Committee Member

Seattle Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Member

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