Katya Ascher focuses her practice on patent law issues in litigation and transactional matters across technology sectors. She has over a decade of experience counseling clients in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. Her clients include mid-sized companies and start-ups, operating in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and engineering fields.
She regularly negotiates every type of agreement associated with technology transfer and research and development and has particular experience in challenges posed by public-private partnerships. She spent the first five years of her career as an associate in one of the top New York intellectual property boutiques where she litigated cases in district court and the International Trade Commission and advised clients on patent validity and infringement. She subsequently worked as the intellectual property counsel in a French research foundation and as a solicitor in the Life Sciences department of a UK law firm.
Before studying law, Katya gained technical experience as an intern in a genomic research laboratory of a major biotechnology company.
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Master 2 Industrial Property, 2012
University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with honors, 2005
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, Biology, with distinction, 2002
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