Dr. Kathryn Piffat is Of Counsel to the Life Sciences Group at Pearl Cohen’s Boston office. She focuses her practice on biotechnology and has extensive experience in the areas of patent prosecution and counseling on worldwide patent portfolio management, as well as due diligence analysis of patent portfolios and pre-litigation. Kathryn has represented clients in North America, Europe, and Asia in protecting a wide range of technologies from nucleic acid and protein isolation devices and methods to genetic and pharmaceutical assays.
Kathryn is a member of the International Patent Law & Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Organization (IPO), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA), and other organizations. She has been an invited speaker for the AIPLA and has also presented at the SMi Conference on Pharmacogenomics in London, and she served on the faculty of the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) in New York. She has given numerous presentations and has authored or co-authored various law-related and scientific papers and other publications.
Kathryn serves on the Alumni Executive Committee for Boston University School of Law. She also assisted the grant writing team of a local historical society in drafting a successful grant proposal for greenhouse renovations relating to an educational and vocational program for youth with disabilities.
Prior to joining Pearl Cohen, Kathryn was a patent attorney with the law firms of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (now Locke Lord) and Fish & Richardson in Boston and a Lecturer in International Intellectual Property at Boston University School of Law. Kathryn holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Boston University, where her research centered on RelB, a member of the Rel/NF-kappaB family of transcription factors, and her work was published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She received the Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, the Kathryn & John Silber Book Award, and a graduate student travel award. She also served as a biology career panelist and worked with the Pathways program, leading laboratory tours for female high school students.