University of Iowa School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 2003
Ph.D. University of Missouri Biochemistry, 2001.
B.S. Washington State Biochemistry, with honors, 1994


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Kathryn Cox is a partner at Bates & Bates. She is an experienced patent and trademark attorney, Kate assists clients in leveraging their brands by managing design patent, trademark, industrial design portfolios, and negotiating strategic alliances. Her breadth of patent and trademark experience includes: prior art and clearance searches; prosecution of domestic and international design patents; industrial designs; trademarks and service marks; domain name registration and monitoring; enforcement; litigation and licensing.

Kate is also an experienced transactional attorney, having drafted and negotiated a diverse range of patent and trademark relevant agreements including international and domestic sales, licensing and joint venture agreements, franchise agreements, operating agreements, IP and technology licenses, confidentiality agreements, re seller agreements, acquisition agreements and outsourcing agreements.

Prior to joining B&B, Kate worked as a intellectual property attorney at Lane & Waterman in Davenport, Iowa and in the Madison office of Foley & Lardner. She has also worked as a licensing associate for the University of Iowa Research Foundation, where she managed an intellectual property portfolio of approximately 300 cases. Because of her diverse experience, Kate has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by in-house counsel in balancing a company's business goals with legal risks and compliance.