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Kelly S. Horn
+1 202 408 4313

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Georgetown University Law Center
    J.D., expected 2017
  • Rice University
    M.S., Bioengineering, 2009
  • Rutgers University
    B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2006
  • Rutgers University
    B.A., Political Science, 2006

Kelly S. Horn

Student Associate

Kelly Horn's practice focuses on patent drafting and prosecution with an emphasis on biological, mechanical, and electrical technologies. Her experience includes drafting patent applications, preparing responses to U.S. and foreign patent office communications, and conducting patent searches for novelty and clearance activities. Additionally, Ms. Horn has experience with non-infringement and invalidity analyses, written opinions, and pre-litigation diligence.

Ms. Horn's technical experience spans a broad range of technologies, including medical imaging, airway management devices, biosurgical products, welding systems, control systems, and power production systems.

Prior to entering the legal field, Ms. Horn performed research in the field of bioinformatics on the classification and selection of maximally informative genes from a microarray dataset of temporal gene expression. She designed and built a novel proof-of-concept 3D maxillofacial imaging system, which was recognized with the Creativity in Engineering Design Award from an industrial engineering panel. Ms. Horn also worked as a corporate product characterization engineer for Johnson & Johnson in its medical device division. She performed research on the stress relaxation and fatigue properties of polypropylene mesh and the biomechanical properties of calf pericardium, the results of which ultimately withstood peer review at the Society of Biomaterials Annual Meeting.

Ms. Horn's graduate thesis was directed to the engineering of magnetic viral nanoheaters for the targeted hyperthermic treatment of cancer. She assisted with the development of a new module for an undergraduate bioprocessing laboratory course.


  • Member of teams successfully representing clients before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
  • Staff editor for Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, 2014-2015.
  • Former intern with Robertet Flavors, where she assisted in the development of novel food engineering prototypes, 2005.

Professional Recognition

  • Recipient of University of Houston Law Center's Lex Award (highest grade), Lawyering Skills & Strategies, Spring 2014; and Dean's Scholarship Recipient, 2013-2014.
  • Bracewell & Giuliani Law Preview Scholarship Recipient, 2013.
  • Recipient of Rice University's Outstanding Bioengineering Teaching Assistant Award, 2008.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, 2006.
  • Recipient of Rutgers University Creativity in Engineering Design Award, 2006; and selected as James J. Slade Scholar, 2005-2006.

Professional Activities

  • Georgetown University Law Center Law Journals Committee, 2014-2015

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