Kathleen Markowski Petrillo of Lewis Rice

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Kathleen Markowski Petrillo’s primary focus is to develop and enforce worldwide patent portfolios. She counsels companies in the pharma, biotech, medical, energy, oil and gas, agricultural, and food science industries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up and emerging growth companies, universities, and venture capital firms. A registered patent attorney, Kathleen also assists in developing litigation strategies for patent infringement lawsuits and Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings.

Kathleen counsels clients on freedom-to-operate and patent enforcement involving products with multi-billion dollar annual sales. She has extensive experience with complex licensing and technology agreements worldwide, and due diligence for venture capital and private equity financings.

Kathleen has worked in a wide range of technologies from FDA-approved polymeric formulations for treating hyperkalemia or hypertension to kamado grills. She has experience and knowledge with small organic molecules for treating pain, cancer and other indications, diagnostic assays for detecting various disease states, contrast agents for use in MRI and optical imaging, NF-KB inhibitors for treating muscular dystrophy, and in vitro cell culture systems for mimicking human vasculature for use in drug discovery. Kathleen has extensive experience assisting clients with polymer hydroxide exchange membranes for fuel cells, and flow batteries, herbicide formulations, oil processing methods and enhanced oil compositions, biocides, and single crystal silicon manufacture.

Kathleen has also worked with engineered tissues for use in organ printing of vasculature and cartilage, transgenic plants, assays for measuring ribosomal translational activity in stressed or dying cells, bioactive conductive polymers for medical devices, high throughout screening methods, cryopreservation, immobilized enzyme materials for carbon capture and fuel cells, protein purification processes, microalgae for biofuels, and recombinant proteins for use as blood substitutes or in treating anemia or chronic heart failure.

Kathleen prepares opinions concerning the infringement and validity of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, vaccines and formulations and provides legal opinions to support Paragraph IV certifications for Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA) under Hatch-Waxman.

Kathleen was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Patent Law and Patent Litigation for 2017 by The Best Lawyers in America®. She was also selected for inclusion in the Top 50 Women Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® in 2012.

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COVID-19 and Intellectual Property

Despite the COVID-19 closures and cancellations, some governmental intellectual property offices have not extended deadlines, so parties should remain mindful that protections for individuals and businesses should not be overlooked. Many patent and trademark offices around the world are providing relief for businesses that may have difficulty tending to their intellectual property filings due to other pressing COVID-19-related concerns; some … Continue Reading