Panelist Profile


Kate Gaudry

Kilpatrick Townsend, Partner (US)


Kate Gaudry, Ph.D., is a partner at in the Washington, D.C., office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.


Kate focuses her practice on data-driven and strategic patent prosecution. Specifically, she routinely performs empirical analyses (at a high level, portfolio level or application level) of prosecution techniques to inform her clients’ selection amongst various prosecution strategies. She has authored over fifty publications sharing results of generally applicable analyses, and her work was also pivotal in the shutting down of the USPTO’s SAWS program, which secretly subjected select patent applications to increased examination scrutiny. Her research and data focus was recognized when she was one of five attorneys across all practice areas to be selected for LexMachina’s and Law360’s Data-Driven Lawyer award in its inaugural year of 2018.


Most of her clients are in the software, computers, and quantitative-biology technical areas. Given that her Ph.D. was in Computational Neurobiology, she particularly enjoys patent-prosecution relating to artificial-intelligence and computational-biology technologies.


Kate holds a J.D. from Harvard Law, a Ph.D. from UCSD, and a B.S. in Physics from Fort Hays State University.