Kat Li is a Principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith. Her trial practice focuses on patent and technology litigation and has included actions in the United States District Court, the International Trade Commission, the Patent and Trial Appeal Board, 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, as well as participated in inter partes review proceedings and appeals. Kat has substantial experience arguing, presenting witnesses, and representing clients in the courtroom before judges and juries. She handles a variety of technologies, such as mobile devices, semiconductors, computer software, electronic materials, and telecommunications, as well as design patents.
Kat has been honored as “Best Under 40” by the State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section. Kat speaks Mandarin Chinese and has represented U.S. clients with their global patent enforcement and Asian clients with their U.S. patent litigation.
Kat is a member of Western District of Texas Judge Alan Albright’s working group that advises on procedures for patent cases. She has been named as “One to Watch for Intellectual Property and Patent” by the Best Lawyers in America.
Kat serves as McKool Smith’s national Hiring Principal and is a founding member of its Diversity Initiative. She has been recognized as a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and the 2020 “Nation’s Best” by Lawyers of Color for demonstrating outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Prior to joining the firm, Kat was 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.
- Semiconductor Connections v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Defending TSMC on appeal at the Federal Circuit regarding semiconductor manufacturing and packaging technology, and representing petitioner TSMC in an IPR before the PTAB. Secured a stipulation of non-infringement on issuance of a case dispositive claim construction in the Western District of Texas.
- Vervain v. Micron and Western Digital. Representing Vervain Western District of Texas patent infringement cases relating to flash memory.
- Samsung v. Ericsson. Defended Respondent Ericsson at the International Trade Commission on semiconductor technology related to the design and manufacture of integrated circuits.
- Katana Silicon Technologies v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Defended TSMC in the Western District of Texas regarding semiconductor packaging technology.
- Fortune Global 500 ITC Action: Prepared an ITC complaint and received OUII approval for filing for a Fortune Global 500 company accusing competitor of patent infringement.
- 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. Defended 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.
- 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. Defended 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 at the International Trade Commission and in 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. Defended 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 to Profiles in Diversity Journal's Women Worth Watching, 2021
- Recognized as a Fellow The Leadership Council on Diversity (LCLD), 2021
- Recognized among the “Nation’s Best” by Lawyers of Color, 2020
- Recognized by "Best Lawyers in America" as Ones to Watch for Intellectual Property and Patent, 2021-2022
- State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section Best Under 40 Award, 2020
- Named a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2016-2019
Community & Professional Activities
- Board of Directors, Association of Former Law Clerks & Technical Advisors, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
- President, Association of Former Law Clerks for the Eastern District of Texas
- Leadership Advancement Program Fellow, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Council, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section
- Leadership Council, Austin Asian American Bar Association
- Associate Member, The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court
- Faculty, Women in Law Institute
- Bench Bar Conference Planning Committee, Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
- 1L Mentor, University of Texas School of Law
- Educational Counselor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Member, Kappa Alpha Theta Austin Alumnae Chapter
- Volunteer, The Settlement Home for Children
Media & Events
- 21 McKool Smith principals recognized in the 2022 Edition of "Best Lawyers in America" and 11 attorneys recognized in "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch"08.19.2021
- McKool Smith attorneys Kat Li, Melissa Cabrera, and John Yang recognized by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)03.02.2021
- 20 McKool Smith principals recognized in the 2021 Edition of "Best Lawyers in America" and 11 attorneys recognized in "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch"08.18.2020
- Kat Li served as a panlist at the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association's "Supreme Court & Federal Circuit IP Year in Review, June 2020-June 2021"07.21.2021
- Kat Li spoke and served as a panel moderator for the Gender & IP: Addressing the Gap at the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal's 19th Annual Symposium03.10.2020
- Kat Li will participate on a panel discussion of "Global Trends in Enforcement" at the Advanced Patent Law Institute10.30.2019
- 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
- Scott Hejny, Kat Li and James Quigley published the article “Arthrex: the Supreme Court Preserves the PTAB System” on Licensing Executives Society (LSE)06.28.2021
- James Quigley and Kat Li wrote and presented "IPR Update" at the State Bar of Texas 33rd Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law: Patents in IP02.07.2020
- Kat Li and James Quigley discuss "O2 Micro Issues at the Federal Circuit a Decade Later", at the Texas State Bar's Advanced Patent Litigation Course07.18.2019
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
- Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- Hon. Leonard E. Davis, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- 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