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Karen HahnKaren Hahn has practiced in-house at life science and Fortune 100 companies focusing on intellectual property and transactional matters for over 20 years. Ms. Hahn has represented client’s interests in a wide variety of technologies. These include textiles and carpet, synthetic fiber, polymers, dispersions, chemicals, agricultural products, plant biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, medical devices and more.

Her extensive in-house experience provides her with a deep understanding of each client’s needs and perspectives. Ms. Hahn has experience across multiple legal disciplines: intellectual property, licensing, compliance, commercial, business formation, M&A and related disciplines. She has built life science-related compliance infrastructure from the ground up. During her extensive career, she has managed litigation, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, and negotiated numerous multimillion dollar licenses and commercial agreements. She has participated in due diligence associated with acquisitions and divestitures.

Her intellectual property experience includes managing a group of intellectual attorneys and agents supporting a start-up biotechnology company, IP strategy, patent application drafting and prosecution, litigation strategy and oversight, counseling, portfolio management, due diligence, patentability, and invalidity and non-infringement opinions. Ms. Hahn has developed winning positions in European patent oppositions (both as opponent and defending patentee) and appeals to the US Board of Patent Appeals (as well as the Federal Circuit). Ms. Hahn has been invited to speak at conferences on biotechnology and managing patent litigation.

Ms. Hahn is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Indiana (inactive), Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit, Federal District Court, Southern District of Indiana and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is a North Carolina Superior Court certified mediator (inactive) and a certified Guardian ad Litem for Durham County. She is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, the National Association of Patent Practitioners and the North Carolina Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section. Throughout her career, she has been active in pro bono programs at legal aid institutions and programs assisting low wealth entrepreneurs.

Prior to achieving her law license, Ms. Hahn worked at the bench in the research laboratories of a leading pharmaceutical company, where she co-authored several papers on solid state stability of lyophilized pharmaceuticals under the name Dellerman. Ms. Hahn has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D., with honors, from Indiana University, Indianapolis.
Outside of her law practice, Ms. Hahn is active in the community, recently participating on the Board of Directors and serving as President for a local chapter of a national civic organization. She is an at-large council member for the Durham Farm and Food Network. She enjoys volunteering her time for environmental, animal-related and ecological causes. Ms. Hahn is an accomplished equestrian, gardener and dog handler. She is a Durham County Recycling Ambassador.