Kat Li is a Principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith. Her trial practice focuses on patent and complex commercial litigation and has included actions in United States District Court, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has successfully managed and tried all phases of litigation, from pre-filing investigation to post-trial briefing to appeal. Kat has substantial experience arguing, presenting witnesses, and representing clients in the courtroom before judges and juries. She also handles a variety of technologies, such as mobile devices, semiconductors, computer software, electronic materials, and telecommunications, as well as design patents. In addition, Kat serves on the Firm’s Diversity Initiative.
Prior to joining the firm, Kat served as a law clerk for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. and the Honorable Leonard E. Davis at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler, Texas. Kat is the president of the Association of Former Law Clerks for the Eastern District of Texas. She is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
While attending law school, Kat was the editor-in-chief of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Lee Yeakel at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. At MIT, Kat was a Materials Processing and Manufacturing Institute Graduate Fellow and a Humanities, Art, and Social Sciences Burchard Scholar.
Kat speaks Mandarin Chinese proficiently and has counseled clients on their global patent enforcement strategy, particularly in China and Taiwan. In addition, she represents Chinese clients with their U.S. litigation needs, including commercial, intellectual property, and white collar defense.
- Egenera v. Cisco Systems. Represents Egenera in a patent infringement action in the District of Massachusetts regarding server and network virtualization technology.
- Team Express v. Junction Solutions/Microsoft. Represents Team Express in a commercial action involving the installation of Microsoft Dynamics software in the Western District of Texas.
- Immersion v. Fitbit. Represented Immersion in multiple patent cases in the Northern District of California and Beijing and Shanghai, China regarding haptic feedback technology, including coordinating global patent enforcement strategy.
- Coding Technologies v. Arconic and Coding Technologies v. Wilsonart. Represented Arconic and Wilsonart in separate patent infringement actions in the Southern District of New York and the Middle District of Florida, respectively, regarding QR codes.
- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Represents TSMC in patent infringement disputes involving semiconductor materials technology.
- Unwired Planet v. Apple. Represented Unwired Planet in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California regarding speech recognition, app downloading, location services, and push messaging technologies.
- Odyssey Wireless v. Apple et al. Represented Odyssey Wireless in patent infringement cases against Apple, Samsung, LG, and Motorola regarding technology related to the LTE standard including frequency hopping and carrier aggregation in the Southern District of California.
- Cambria v. Wilsonart et al. Represented Wilsonart in design patent infringement lawsuits at the International Trade Commission and in Minnesota district court regarding quartz countertops.
- Ericsson v. Apple. Represented Ericsson in a global patent infringement dispute against Apple including district court cases in Texas regarding location-based services in mobile devices and connectivity of mobile and stationary devices.
- ParkerVision v. Qualcomm. Represented ParkerVision in a patent infringement action in the Middle District of Florida against Qualcomm, Samsung, and HTC regarding direct conversion receiver technology for use in high-performance wireless telecommunications devices.
- Dynamic 3D Geosolutions v. Halliburton et al. Represented Halliburton and LMKR in a patent infringement suit in the Western District of Texas regarding geophysical software used to produce three-dimensional models of subterranean formations.
- Rockstar Consortium v. Samsung/Google. Represented Rockstar Consortium in patent infringement lawsuits in California and Texas district courts against Samsung, ASUS, LG, HTC, Pantech, ZTE, and Google regarding mobile handset technology.
- Ericsson v. Samsung. Represented Ericsson in patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung at the International Trade Commission and in Texas district court regarding standard essential and implementation patents related to LTE, WCDMA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, and 802.11 wireless technology. The case was resolved by a settlement favorable to Ericsson.
- Ericsson v. D-Link, et al. Represented Ericsson in a patent infringement lawsuit against Intel, Acer, Dell, Gateway, Toshiba, Netgear, and D-Link regarding 802.11n wireless technology. Following a jury trial in the Eastern District of Texas, a jury awarded a substantial amount to Ericsson for the defendants’ infringement of Ericsson’s patented technology.
- Summit 6 v. Samsung. Represented Summit 6 in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung, Facebook, Research in Motion, and others regarding digital content processing and uploading technology. The case was resolved by a settlement favorable to Summit 6 from all defendants except Samsung before trial. Following a jury trial in the Northern District of Texas, a jury awarded a substantial amount to Summit 6 for Samsung’s infringement of Summit 6’s patented technology.
- Good Technology v. LRW. Represented Good Technology in a patent litigation against LRW in the Northern District of Texas involving technology relating to secure email solutions. The case was resolved favorably to Good Technology.
- Global Sessions v. Travelocity et al. Represented Global Sessions against multiple online retailers, including Amazon, Orbitz, Travelocity, and CDW, in a patent infringement case regarding technology related to maintaining session state for a user of a website and managing a web system in the Eastern District of Texas.
Rankings & Honors
- Named a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2016-2019
Community & Professional Activities
- President, Association of Former Law Clerks of the Eastern District of Texas
- Board of Directors, Association of Former Law Clerks and Technical Advisors of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Leadership Council, Austin Asian American Bar Association
- Associate Member, The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court
- Bench Bar Conference Planning Committee, Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
- Faculty Member, Women in Law Institute at Texas Law
- Member, Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
- MIT Educational Counselor
Media & Events
- Kat Li Moderated a Panel on "Global Strategies for Patent Portfolio Enforcement” at the FCBA’s Global Series04.29.2019
- Kat Li to Speak at Global Patent Enforcement to Maximize Portfolio Value Seminar10.18.2017
- Kat Li to Speak at U.S. 337 Investigation Technical Seminar Before Chinese Ministry of Commerce Officials07.20.2017
- Kat Li to Present on Preparing an IPR Petition and a Preliminary Order Response at Advanced IP Law TexasBarCLE02.24.2017
J.D. with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2009
- Editor-in-chief, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
M.Eng., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
S.B., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
- State of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office