Katherine A. Helm, Ph.D.


Katherine A. Helm, Ph.D.


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Dr. Katherine A. (“Kassie”) Helm, Ph.D., represents clients in patent litigation and related intellectual property, antitrust, healthcare and international arbitration matters. Leveraging her background in neuroscience, Dr. Helm offers a unique perspective to innovator pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare companies in all aspects of litigation, from pre-suit diligence through appeal, including Patent Office and other contested patent proceedings around the world.  Her experience includes representing life sciences companies in patent infringement and declaratory judgment actions, in pay-for-delay antitrust litigation, in complex commercial litigation involving joint ventures, licensing and drug development agreements, as well as in related regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and capital markets transactions.

Dr. Helm is an active participant in the IP community, across both the academic and legal landscape. Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Intellectual Property Litigator in New York, 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 as the chairperson of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Veterans Pro Bono Committee.

Prior to joining Dechert, Dr. Helm was Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • 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
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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
  • Helm Speaks at the Women in IPLS Event — (November 6, 2018)

Dr. Helm speaks on the "Women in IP" panel hosted by the Cordozo Intellectual Property Society

  • Helm's Pro Bono Work Featured in Federal Circuit Bar Association's Pro Bono Digest — (April 11, 2017)

Dr. Helm’s pro bono work was featured in the March issue of the Federal Circuit Bar Association's Pro Bono Digest in an article titled “Veterans, Government Employees, Inventors, and Now Immigrants.”

  • Helm Speaks at National Conference on Louis D. Brandeis: An Interdisciplinary Retrospective — (March 30, 2016)

Dr. Helm speaks at Touro Law Center's and the Jewish Law Institute's national conference, Louis D. Brandeis: An Interdisciplinary Retrospective.


Presentations and Publications