Wayne State University
Katherine  E. White
Katherine E. White
Professor of Law
Room 3205
(313) 577-1054
Fax (313) 577-2620

Education

LL.M., Intellectual Property Law, George Washington University Law School
J.D., University of Washington School of Law 
M.S.S., U.S. Army War College
B.S.E., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University

Biography

Katherine E. White earned her B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, J.D. degree from the University of Washington, LL.M. degree from the George Washington University Law School and master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

From 1995-1996, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader, circuit judge (retired), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

From 2000-2002, she was appointed by the secretary of commerce to serve on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Public Advisory Committee. She also was appointed by the secretary of agriculture to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Variety Protection Office Advisory Board serving from 2004-2008, 2010-2012 and 2015-present.

She was elected to the University of Michigan Board of Regents in 1998 and re-elected in 2006 and 2014. Her term expires Jan. 1, 2023.

In 2015, she became a member of the Old National Bancorp Corporate Board of Directors.

She is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army serving in the Michigan Army National Guard as the command judge advocate for the 46th Military Police Command in Lansing. In her previous two military assignments, she was in the U.S. Army Reserve serving as an instructor of law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and as the reserve associate dean of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School. On active duty, she was in the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Honors Program serving as the intellectual property counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In addition, she is a Fulbright senior scholar (Germany), a White House fellow (2001–2002) and a registered patent attorney.

Books

Intellectual Property Litigation: Pretrial Practice, Third Edition.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Pretrial Practice, Third Edition. (Aspen) 2008 co-authored w/Eric M. Dobrusin

This book offers up-to-date, comprehensive case analysis and a clear framework for streamlining the procedural requirements and issues involved in resolving patent disputes. The book provides an unparalleled analysis of crucial procedures and guiding case law on key phases of pretrial litigation practice including: preliminary injunction, bifurcation, discovery, summary judgment, and more. Readers will learn cutting-edge, evidence-based practices to establish facts, test the sufficiency of an opponent's case, commit an opponent to a position, and focus the issues toward their advantage. http://www.aspenpublishers.com/Product.asp?catalog_name=Aspen&category_name=&product_id=0735567832&cookie_test=1

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Selected Publications

Post-Teva: When Will the Federal Circuit Embrace the Deferential Standard of Review for Claim Construction, FED CIR. B.J. (forthcoming December 2015)

Government Contracting Should be a Core Competence for U.S. Military Personnel, Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2014

There's A Hole in the Bucket: The Effective Elimination of the Inequitable Conduct Doctrine, 11 J. MARSHALL REV. INTELL. PROP. L. 999 (2012)

Celebrating Contributions of Opinions Authored by Chief Judge Randall R. Rader in Patent Infringement Cases, 7 WASH. J.L. TECH. & ARTS 427 (Summer 2012)

How the Supreme Court's Decisions over the Last Decade Have Reshaped Federal Circuit Jurisprudence, 35 N.KY.L.Rev. 315 (2008).

The Recent Expansion of Extraterritoriality in Patent Infringement Cases, 2007 UCLA J.L. & TECH. 1

One Step Outside the Country, One Step Back from Patent Infringement, Contract and Fiscal Law Developments of 2006 - Year in Review, ARMY LAW. 136, Department of the Army Pamphlet 27-50-404 (January 2007)
 
Preserving the Patent Process to Incentivize Innovation in a Global Economy, SYRACUSE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LAW REPORTER, (Spring 2006)

Trade Secrets and the Federal Tort Claims Act, Contract and Fiscal Law Developments of 2005 Year in Review, ARMY LAW. 125, Department of the Army Pamphlet 27-50-392   (January 2006)

DD Form 882 Over Substance:  Caveat Forfeiture, Contract and Fiscal Law Developments of 2005 Year in Review, ARMY LAW. 126, Department of the Army Pamphlet 27-50-392 (January 2006)

Eriic M. Dobrusin and Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Aspen Law & Business Supplement (September 2006)

Losing Rights to Intellectual Property:  The Perils of Contracting with the Federal Government, Contract and Fiscal Law Developments of 2004 Year in Review, ARMY LAW. 146, Department of the Army Pamphlet 27-50-380 (January 2005)

Eriic M. Dobrusin and Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Aspen Law & Business Supplement (September 2005)
 
An Efficient Way to Improve Patent Quality for Plant Varieties, 3 NW J. OF TECH. & INTELL. PROP. 79 (2004)

Eric M. Dobrusin and Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Aspen Law & Business Supplement (September2004)
 
Eric M. Dobrusin and Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Aspen Law & Business Supplement (September2003)
 
Festo:  A Case Contravening the Convergence of Doctrine of Equivalents Jurisprudence in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, 8 MICH. TELECOMM. & TECH. L. REV. 1 (2001-2002) (lead article)

Eric M. Dobrusin and Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Aspen Law & Business Supplement (September 2002)
 
A Rule for Determining When Patent Misuse Should be Applied, 11 FORDHAM INTELL. PROP., MEDIA & ENT. L.J. 671 (Spring 2001)

Eric M. Dobrusin and Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Aspen Law & Business Supplement (September 2001)
 
A General Rule of Law is Needed to Define Public Use in Patent Cases, 88 KY. L.J. 423, No. 2 (1999-2000)

Eric M. Dobrusin and Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Aspen Law & Business Supplement (September 2000)
 
Eric M. Dobrusin and Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Aspen Law & Business (September1999 loose-leaf edition)
 
Katherine E. White, "Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Practice Guide," Chapter 2A, Cumulative Supplement, Aspen Publishing 1998

Prosecution History Estoppel after Warner-Jenkinson, Comment, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property Publication Series No. 3, 1997, University of Washington School of Law (Summer 1998)
 

Accomplishments

August 20, 2015
Katherine E. White was elected to the Corporate Board of Directors of Old National Bancorp. She is a lieutenant colonel in the Michigan Army National Guard, and a regent for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, serving as Michigan Board of Regents Chair from 2008-09 and again from 2014 -15. She serves as command judge advocate for the 46th Military Police Command in Lansing. White was a market board member for United Bank and Trust for 11 years, which was assumed into Old National Bancorp in 2014 as part of a cash and stock merger. She has since been serving on the Old National Bank Advisory Board for the central Michigan market.

 


May 26, 2015
Katherine E. White was reappointed to the national Plant Variety Protection Board for a two-year term.  The 14-member board advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters concerning intellectual property rights to developers of new varieties of plants. White represents the public/university sector of the board, which also includes members of the farm community and the plant breeding seed industry. 


January 30, 2015
Katherine E. White spoke on diversity in the military and in higher education during the Student Veterans Benefit Dinner at the University of Michigan, where she is a regent.


November 6, 2014
Katherine E. White was re-elected to a third eight-year term on the University of Michigan Board of Regents. She was previously elected to the Board of Regents in 1998 and 2006, and serves as the board chair.


September 24, 2014
Katherine E. White presented "Patent Eligibility: Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank - What It Reveals: Past, Present and Future" at the seventh annual Information Technology Law Seminar in Plymouth.


July 27, 2011
Katherine E. White former judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, spoke at the CASRIP 2011 High Technology Protection Summit at the University of Washington School of Law on July 22. White spoke on Judge Rader's judicial opinions on patent infringement throughout his 20 years on the Federal Circuit. Click here for more information.


March 21, 2011
Katherine E. White has been selected as an Instructor of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., for her army reserve duty. She will be teaching courses beginning in May 2011. Her rank is Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.


January 25, 2011
Katherine E. White was reappointed to the Plant Variety Protection Board by the USDA. The board advises the Secretary of Agriculture on the adoption of new rules and regulations, makes advisory decisions on appeals from applicants, and advises on declaring a protected variety open to public use in emergencies. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service monitors the operation of the board.

 

In The News

February 1, 2015
Katherine E. White was quoted by The Michigan Daily in "Veterans group raises funds for local programs."

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