Katherine A. Helm, Ph.D.


Katherine A. Helm, Ph.D.


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3559 | +1 212 698 3599


Dr. Katherine A. (“Kassie”) Helm, Ph.D., represents clients in patent litigation and related intellectual property, antitrust, healthcare and international arbitration matters. Her neuroscience background allows her to offer a unique perspective to innovator pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare companies in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit diligence through trial and appeal and across a wide variety of contentious Patent Office proceedings around the globe. She has represented life sciences companies in patent infringement, declaratory judgment, preliminary injunction and Hatch-Waxman actions, involving small and large molecules, as well as in pay-for-delay antitrust litigation, and in a variety of both federal and state complex commercial litigation and international arbitrations, involving joint ventures, licensing and drug development agreements.  Dr. Helm also has significant experience with concurrent Patent Office proceedings and global litigation including Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), Post Grant Reviews (PGRs), Interferences and appeals, European Patent Office (EPO) Oppositions and appeals, as well as UK, French and other European patent revocation and infringement actions.  

Dr. Helm is an active participant in the IP community. In 2020, Dr. Helm was named a Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500 US for Industry Focus: Healthcare: Life Sciences. She was also recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal in the publication’s 2020 Women Worth Watching in STEM Awards, which were established to celebrate women leaders who break barriers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dr. Helm was the 2019 winner of the “U.S. Rising Star – Intellectual Property” award from LMG Life Sciences. She is also recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Intellectual Property Litigator in New York, by Managing Intellectual Property as a MIP Star, regularly speaks on and moderates panels, and has authored over 50 articles, book chapters and commentary on legal and scientific topics, including as a columnist for American Lawyer Media. She is a founder of the New York chapter of ChIPs (Chiefs of Intellectual Property), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing and connecting women in law, technology and regulatory policy. She previously sat on the Board of Governors for the Princeton Association of New York City (PANYC), the official alumni association for Princetonians in New York City and the largest regional college alumni association in the country. She is also devoted to pro bono work, serving as appellate counsel for U.S. Army veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is the former chairperson of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Veterans Pro Bono Committee.

  • Princeton University, A.B., 1999, cum laude, Sigma Xi
  • Johns Hopkins University, M.A., 2001
  • Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., 2003, Full Scholarship, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2008, cum laude, Dean’s List, Parchomovsky-Siegelman Student Graduation Prize, Helen and Norman Burg Graduate Student Ethics Prize, Senior Articles Editor, Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Honorable Alvin A. Schall
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel
Speaking Engagements
  • C5’s 12th Annual Forum on Pharma & Biotech Patent Litigation — Amsterdam, Netherlands (February 25-26, 2020)

    Speaker, “Developing Practical Strategies for Optimizing Patent Success In Europe and the U.S.” panel hosted by C5 Communications.
  • BPCIA Litigation: Lessons from the Trenches — New York, NY (February 11, 2020)

    Moderator, hosted by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. 
  • CIPA Life Sciences Conference 2019 — Brighton, England (November 11-12, 2019)

    Speaker, delivered U.S. update on "Satisfying the Disclosure Requirements for Functional Genus Claims" hosted by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. 

  • C5's Life Sciences IP Summit — Munich, Germany (October 15, 2019)

    Speaker, "Focus on the U.S.: Antibody Patents Under 35 U.S.C. § 112 Written Description and Enablement" presentation hosted by C5 Communications.
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference — Colorado Springs, CO (June 14, 2019)

    Speaker, "Serving Veterans Pro Bono (Ethics)" panel. Dr. Helm spoke alongside the Honorable Robert Davis, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Affairs, and the Honorable Cheryl L. Mason, Chairman to the Board of Veterans Appeals’ in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Grow, Transform, and Succeed: Taking Charge of Your Career and Thriving with Change LIKE A BOSS —New York, NY (March 6, 2019)

    Speaker, hosted by ChIPs (Chiefs of Intellectual Property).
  • 2nd Annual Women in Law & IP Summit — Seattle, WA (January 31, 2019)

    Speaker, "Cultivating Male Allies: Engaging, Educating & Motivating Men in Diversity" panel hosted by Centerforce. 
  • Women in IPLS — New York, NY (November 6, 2018)

    Speaker, "Women in IP" panel hosted by the Cardozo Intellectual Property Law Society.
  • Ethics, Social Media, and Jury Selection — (August 29, 2017)

    Panelist, Webinar hosted by the American Bar Association. 
  • Social Media and Jury Selection 101: Guidelines Every Litigator Should Know — (August 22, 2017)

    Speaker, Webinar hosted by the American Bar Association. 

  •  Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference—  Coeur d'Alene, ID (June 21-24, 2017)

    Speaker, “Next Generation, Ethics & Diversity” panel hosted by the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

  • Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference — Nashville, TN (June 22-25, 2016)

    Moderator, U.S. District Court Judicial Panel, “The Assessment on the 5th year Anniversary of the Patent Pilot Program,” hosted by the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

  • Louis D. Brandeis: An Interdisciplinary Retrospective Conference — New York, NY (March 31-April 1, 2016)

    Speaker, “Brandeis and Lawyering,” hosted by Touro Law's Jewish Law Institute. 

  • Suffolk Law School’s National Judicial Conference — Boston, MA (February 17, 2011)

    Speaker, “Challenging Judicial Independence,” hosted by Suffolk Law School.