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Kathleen Petrillo's practice is devoted to intellectual property law and, more specifically, to patent related issues, including the development, management and enforcement of worldwide patent portfolios. Ms. Petrillo has extensive experience in counseling pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and food science companies, including Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up and emerging growth companies, universities, and venture capital firms. She works closely with her clients to protect their commercially important products and achieve their business objectives while helping them avoid infringement of competitors' patents.
Ms. Petrillo frequently prepares opinions relating to infringement and validity of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, and formulations, and advises her clients with respect to freedom-to-operate involving products with multi billion dollar annual sales. She has extensive experience in preparing legal opinions to support Paragraph IV certifications for Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA) under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Ms. Petrillo also evaluates intellectual property portfolios in connection with venture capital and private equity financings, acquisitions and joint development initiatives by her clients. Ms. Petrillo has handled re-examination and reissue matters, and regularly works with foreign counsel in developing worldwide intellectual property protection and devising strategies for patent oppositions in foreign jurisdictions. Ms. Petrillo has also acted as in-house patent counsel for clients and has negotiated their license agreements and drafted other technology related agreements.
Ms. Petrillo has worked in a wide range of technologies including diagnostic assays for detecting various disease states, polymeric formulations for reducing potassium or sodium levels in vivo, small organic molecules for treating pain, cancer and other indications, contrast agents for use in MRI and optimal imaging, NF-KB inhibitors, herbicide formulations, oil processing methods and enhanced oil compositions, solid oxide fuel cells, carbon capture technologies, protein purification processes, biocides, single crystal silicon manufacture, biofuel cells, immobilized enzyme materials, transgenic plants, assays for measuring ribosomal translational activity in normal, stressed, or dying cells, microalgae for biofuels, bioactive conductive polymers, high throughput screening methods, engineered tissues for use as vasculature or cartilage replacement, and recombinant proteins for use as blood substitutes or in treating anemia or chronic heart failure.
Ms. Petrillo represents clients including Monsanto Company, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Ilypsa, Relypsa, Allied Minds, the University of Missouri, St. Louis University, and Washington University of St. Louis.
Ms. Petrillo currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee as Chief Operating Partner and as the Group Leader of our Chemical, Life Science and Pharmaceutical practice, and has served as Chief Financial Partner of the Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (Patent, Trademark and Copyright Steering Committee; Past Chair of the Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition Subcommittee) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She was a past Vice Chair of the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Committee of the Missouri Bar and a past Vice Chair of the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.
Ms. Petrillo studied chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, where she was recognized as an Alison Scholar and was awarded the President's Achievement Scholarship. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987, graduating cum laude. During her undergraduate studies at Pitt, she was on Dean's List each semester, was inducted into the Omega Chi Epsilon chemical engineering honorary, served as Treasurer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and served as Secretary and Fundraising Chair of the Society of Women Engineers. Ms. Petrillo interned at the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) where she derived mathematical model simulations and determined diffusion in alloy processing reactors.
Ms. Petrillo was employed as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office while attending law school at George Mason University. She worked as a patent agent at Arnold, White & Durkee in Chicago while completing law school. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in 1993, graduating cum laude and was inducted into the Order of John Marshall. She continued working as an associate at Arnold White until relocating to St. Louis. Ms. Petrillo became a partner at Senniger Powers in 1998.
Ms. Petrillo was appointed to serve on the National Advisory Eye Council by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for a term from December 2011 through November 2015. The Council advises and assists the Director of the National Eye Institute of the NIH and the Secretary on matters related to the activities of the Institute and its policies, including research grant recommendations.
Ms. Petrillo has also served as a member of the Lay Review Committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which made research funding recommendations to the JDRF International Board of Directors by participating in scientific reviews of research grant proposals. Ms. Petrillo also serves on the Missouri Botanical Garden Corporate Council.
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