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Kara F. Stoll
+1 202 408 4119
kara.stoll@finnegan.com

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

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
    J.D., 1997
  • Michigan State University
    B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1991

Judicial Clerkships

    U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Kara F. Stoll

Partner

Kara Stoll focuses her practice on patent litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has represented clients in more than 35 appeals, covering a diverse range of technologies and legal issues. She has extensive experience developing and implementing successful appeal strategies, and regularly counsels clients and trial counsel in identifying the best issues for appeal, drafting compelling appeal briefs, and presenting persuasive oral argument. She has repeatedly argued before the Federal Circuit, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTAB) (formerly the U.S. Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences).

Ms. Stoll also has significant experience in district court litigation. She has helped clients to formulate their litigation strategies, with an eye toward success in the district court and on appeal. She has led litigation teams from complaint to judgment in district courts, argued in claim construction and summary judgment hearings, and has taken and defended witnesses at deposition and trial.

The industries Ms. Stoll works with primarily involve leaders in consumer electronics, computers, software, and medical devices. Specific technologies at issue have included memory devices, printers, RF transmitters, electronic gaming systems, digital set-top boxes, implantable heart stimulation devices, stents, and various operating system and application software.

Ms. Stoll is a frequent lecturer on appeal-related issues. She has moderated panels and taught courses on Federal Circuit practice and procedure, presented on the Court's recent case law, and has been repeatedly invited to argue in mock oral arguments before Federal Circuit judges.

Highlights

  • Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (Fed. Cir.). Represented Akamai in en banc rehearing on issues of divided infringement.
  • Markem-Imaje Corp. v. Zipher (Fed. Cir.). Successfully represented Zipher at oral argument in an appeal related to thermal transfer printing technology.
  • i4i Ltd. v. Microsoft (Fed. Cir.). Successfully represented i4i in the largest ($290 million) patent verdict sustained on appeal.
  • Saffran v. Boston Scientific Corp. (Fed. Cir.). Represented Boston Scientific Corp. in an appeal of a one-half billion dollar verdict resulting in settlement of the case at less than 10% of the verdict after briefing and oral argument.
  • Katz v. American Airlines (Fed. Cir.). Represented FedEx in a complicated appeal from a multi-district litigation regarding interactive call processing systems.
  • Guidant Corporation v. St. Jude Medical, Inc. (D. Del., Fed. Cir.). Represented Cardiac Pacemakers in a bench trial on the validity of a patent for implantable cardiac stimulators to treat heart failure; the validity of the patent was upheld by the district court and the Federal Circuit on appeal.
  • Gaus v. Conair Corp. (Fed. Cir.). Represented appellant Conair in an appeal from an adverse jury verdict; the judgment of patent infringement against Conair was reversed by the Federal Circuit.
  • Served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall, Circuit Judge at the Federal Circuit, 1997-1998; as a law clerk with the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and as a USPTO patent examiner in the area of computers and display technology, 1991-1997.
  • Adjunct professor at George Mason School of Law, teaching a course on Federal Circuit Practice and Procedure, 2008-present. Also taught patent law at Howard University School of Law, 2006-2008.

Professional Recognition

  • Committee Individual Leadership Award (CILA) from the Federal Circuit Bar Association for contributions to the Rules Committee, 2012.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Section on Intellectual Property Law
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association 
  • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
  • Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court