Kelsey J. Thorkelson is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation in the health and life sciences industry. Ms. Thorkelson has significant experience representing pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman cases, and has also handled patent litigation matters involving other complex technologies including semiconductor fabrication and mobile communications.
Ms. Thorkelson understands the industry challenges her clients face and how to leverage litigation to advance their interests. Her strong science background not only enables her to understand the technology at issue in her cases, but also to clearly communicate those concepts to a court as an advocate.
Ms. Thorkelson is also a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Before law school, Ms. Thorkelson earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She then attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Ms. Thorkelson worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael J. Davis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and as an intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota. She also served as an editor of the Minnesota Law Review.
Ms. Thorkelson is committed to pro bono representation and community involvement. She is an adjunct professor in the University of Minnesota Civil Practice Clinic, where she works with student attorneys representing low-income clients in civil litigation matters. She also handles trademark matters for an international non-profit conservation organization.
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Minnesota
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Minnesota State Bar Association
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