Kate Geyer is an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. She focuses her practice on patent litigation matters.
While attending law school, Kate worked as a summer associate with the firm in 2018. She served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Kara Stoll in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and a law clerk in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations at the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Kate was a research assistant to Professor F. Scott Kieff and Articles Editor for the George Washington Law Review. Kate won the 2018-2019 AIPLA Giles S. Rich IP Moot Court Competition.
Prior to launching her legal career, Kate was a Business Analyst at SRA International, Inc. in Washington, D.C. where she had a number of business development, strategic planning, and implementation roles focusing on emerging technology for Department of Defense and intelligence customers.
On September 2, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a decision granting a Motion for Summary Judgment for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and upholding the Office’s view that AI algorithms cannot be listed as inventors on U.S. patents. The court pointed to the Administrative Procedures Act’s (APA’s) strong deference to final agency decisions, barring any egregious errors. DABUS generated outputs corresponding to (1) a fractal design for food container surfaces that may help prevent stacked containers from sticking together and (2) a technique for controlling the timing of flashing warning lights to help attract attention. Dr. Stephen Thaler (DABUS’s creator and owner) filed patent applications on these inventions that were filed around the world, listing Thaler as the applicant and listing only DABUS as the inventor.