Katherine A. Helm Ph.D.


Katherine A. Helm Ph.D.


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

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Dr. Katherine A. (“Kassie”) Helm represents clients in complex patent litigation and related intellectual property, antitrust, healthcare and international arbitration matters. Leveraging her background in neuroscience, Dr. Helm offers a unique perspective to life sciences companies in all aspects of litigation from pre-suit diligence through appeal, including Patent Office and other contested patent proceedings around the world, as well as in related regulatory aspects of licensing, capital market transactions and counseling in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industries.

Dr. Helm is an active participant in the IP community, across both the academic and legal landscape.  Recognized as a New York Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation, she is a regular speaker, moderator and panelist and has authored over 50 articles, book chapters and commentary, including as a columnist for American Lawyer Media, on topics of legal and scientific interest to her clients.  She is a founder of the New York chapter of ChIPs (Chiefs of Intellectual Property), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing and connecting women at the confluence of law, technology and regulatory policy.  She is also devoted to pro bono work, having represented U.S. Army veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is the chairperson of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Veterans Committee.

Prior to joining Dechert, Dr. Helm was Counsel at another international law firm.

  • 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
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Honorable Alvin A. Schall
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
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