Katherine Lobel-Rice, Ph.D.


Not all patents are created equal. Good patents take thoughtfulness and ingenuity to prosecute so that complex innovations can be clearly understood in any court of law. Procuring, protecting, fortifying and monetizing intellectual property, Kathy works with her clients to truly strategize successful business outcomes.

Kathy has focused on patent prosecution in the fields of biotechnology and chemical arts for over a decade. As a scientist herself, she loves sinking her teeth into new problem spaces.  She focuses on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, freedom-to-operate assessments, non-infringement and invalidity assessments, licensing agreements, and due diligence reviews.

Kathy works directly with her clients to deeply understand their work and its potential. She specializes in managing overall patent portfolios for major corporations. Clients credit her with bringing a refreshing long view to developing new business strategies based on their IP.

    Practice Areas

    • Life Sciences
    • Biotechnology
    • Pharmacology and pharmaceuticals
    • Medical devices
    • Chemical Arts

    Distinctions & Awards

    • IAM Patent 1000, Recommended Expert – Patent Prosecution 2018

    Professional Activities

    • Colorado Bar Association
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Colorado BioScience Association


    Kathy’s thesis and supporting research focused on the elucidation of signaling pathways relating to MAP kinases, utilizing targeted stem cell gene deletion, RNAi knockdown, and micro array analysis. As an undergraduate, Kathy worked as an organic chemist, analyzing furocoumarin derivatives.

    • KE Lobel-Rice, K. Kesavan, et al. MEKK2 Regulates the Coordinate Activation of ERK5 and JNK in Response to FGF-2 in Fibroblasts. J. of Cellular Physiology 199:140-148 (2004).
    • M.Uhlik, A.Abell, N.Johnson, W.Sun, B.Cuevas, K.Lobel-Rice et.al. Rac-MEKK3-MKK3 scaffolding for p38 MAPK act. during hyperosmotic shock. Nature Cell Bio. 5, 1104–1110 (2003).
    • T de Beer, RE Carter, KE Lobel-Rice, A. Sorkin, M Overduin. Structure and Asn-Pro-Phe Binding Pocket of Eps15 Homology Domain. Science 281:1357-1360 (1998).
    • NF Voelkel, K Lobel, JYWescott, and TJ Burke. Nitric Oxide-Related Vasoconstriction In Lungs Perfused with Red Cell Lysate. FASEB J.9(5),379-386 (1995).


    • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D.
    • University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center, Ph.D., Pharmacology
    • Occidental College, A.B., Biochemistry

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Colorado State Bar