Canady, Ph.D., Karen S.

Canady + Lortz LLP | Founding Partner

Dr. Canady’s practice emphasizes biotechnology patent preparation and prosecution.  She also counsels clients and prepares opinions relating to patentability, patent validity, infringement, freedom to operate, and other aspects of portfolio assessment.  Some examples of her work include developing and prosecuting a portfolio of lentiviral gene delivery patents and applications that was sold by her client for $12 million, and evaluating a portfolio of antisense molecules to help a client close a deal involving a $45 million dollar upfront licensing fee and the potential for over $230 million in milestone payments.
While a law student, she worked part-time in the technology transfer office at the University of Washington, then gained experience in patent prosecution and litigation support at a Seattle intellectual property firm.  Dr. Canady spent her first year after law school as a trainee with a European patent firm in Munich.  After spending the next two and a half years with a mid-size intellectual property firm, she went on to found the biotechnology practice group at a small Los Angeles boutique firm, and in 2006, merged her practice with Origin Law to form Canady + Lortz LLP.
This broad-ranging intellectual property experience, coupled with her background in neurobiological research, provides a solid foundation for representing and advising clients in the pursuit and evaluation of patent rights, both domestically and abroad.  Her experience in intellectual property law includes patent and trademark prosecution, client counseling and litigation support.  She has been invited to speak at professional programs, particularly on the topics of drafting patent validity and infringement opinions and biotechnology patent prosecution.  Her prosecution practice has emphasized biotechnology, including diagnostic and therapeutic products and methods relating to recombinant DNA technology, vaccines, antibodies, stem cells, genomics and gene therapy; as well as microfluidics and Raman spectroscopy.
An avid lover of bicycling, Dr. Canady frequently rides her road bike in the hills and bike paths of the Los Angeles area and enjoys commuting around the city on her Dutch bike. This commuting experience inspired her to develop a line of cute and stylish apparel for women cyclists, Bikie Girl Bloomers. She has also expanded her patent expertise to include protection for fashion designs.

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