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Kacy L. Dicke

Associate
+1.312.807.4311
Fax +1.312.345.9961
Kacy Dicke is an intellectual property lawyer focusing on intellectual property litigation, post-grant practice at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, patent prosecution, and client counseling. She has experience litigating intellectual property matters before numerous U.S. district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She has a background in mechanical engineering and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ms. Dicke represents clients in all aspects of patent, trade secret, trademark, unfair competition and false advertising litigation. She also has represented clients in matters involving the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Ms. Dicke also has experience in appellate practice before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Ms. Dicke’s patent litigation experience involves a variety of technologies, including work in the fields of telecommunications, computer systems and software, medical devices, passive RFID technology, automotive parts, cellular telephone technology, and security systems.

As a PTO-registered lawyer, Ms. Dicke has extensive experience in post-grant proceedings at the Patent and Trademark Office. She has experience handling ex parte reexamination and inter partes review including preparing petitions for inter partes review.

Ms. Dicke also has experience in patent prosecution matters involving a variety of technologies such as medical devices, miscellaneous retail goods, virtual maps, financial systems, electromechanical technology, and business method patents.

Prior to being a lawyer, Ms. Dicke worked as a global design engineer for a large chemical manufacturing company.

Professional Background

During law school, Ms. Dicke worked both as a summer associate for K&L Gates LLP and as a legal intern in the in-house intellectual property department of Trading Technologies International, a Chicago-based company that produces software for the electronic trading industry. She also worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Martin Ashman in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to law school, she worked for Dow Corning, first as a global design engineer, then as a maintenance and reliability engineer responsible for the hydrochloric acid purification process. Ms. Dicke also worked as an engineering co-op for Anheuser Busch at multiple manufacturing locations.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Women in Intellectual Property
Additional Experience
Pro bono experience includes:
  • Acting as guardian ad litem for minors on behalf of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Representing pro-bono clients in adoption matters on behalf of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Representing pro bono clients in land lord tenant disputes on behalf of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Counsel for Baxter International, Inc. in the Western District of Texas against competitor Becton, Dickinson & Company. Drafted successful summary judgment motion of invalidity for all asserted claims resulting in a take-nothing judgment in favor of Baxter.
  • Counsel for TRW Automotive in the Eastern District of Michigan. The case was resolved favorably.
  • Counsel for LKQ Corporation in the Northern District of Illinois. Court granted summary judgment of invalidity leading to a favorable settlement.
  • Counsel for Baxter International, Inc. in the Northern District of Illinois against competitor Fresenius. The case was resolved favorably.
  • Counsel for Plaintiff Zebra Technologies Corp. in Northern District of Illinois litigation against competitor Intermec. The case was resolved favorably.
  • Prepared and filed multiple inter partes review petitions on behalf of clients driving favorable settlements in related district court actions.
  • Counsel for CBRE, Inc. in a breach of contract and trade secret theft in the Central District of California. Case is on going.