Mitchell A. Katz

Senior Counsel

Mitchell A. Katz is the immediate past Chair of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department and has served as leader of the firm's Patents Group and Chemical Patent Team. He is a member of the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Patent team.

Mitch serves as patent counsel to numerous chemical and pharmaceutical companies ranging from large multinational corporations to small start-ups and various universities. He focuses on domestic and international patent procurement, client counseling, and opinion writing, as well as post-grant patent office proceedings and international oppositions.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Mitch is active in and proud of his pro bono work, having recently worked on two Syrian asylum cases and one Congolese asylum case. As a result of this work, the firm received the 2015 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award from the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN). Additionally, Mitch is the lead Ballard Spahr partner handling GAIN cases for immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

American Chemical Society, Division of Chemistry and Law
Past Program Chair (1998-2002); past Assistant Program Chair (1997-1998)

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Recognition & Accomplishments

Georgia's Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year," 2020

The Best Lawyers in America, patent law, 2013-2022; "Lawyer of the Year," Patent Law (Atlanta), 2015, 2020

Chambers USA, intellectual property law, 2009-2017

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "How to Prepare Your Business for IP Issues in the U.S. Market," Valea AB, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 9, 2019

Presenter, "How to Prepare Your Business for IP Issues in the U.S. Market," Valea AB, Stockholm, Sweden, October 8, 2019

"Value Add And Risk Management for U.S. Patent Practice," Business Finland, Helsinki, Finland, April 27, 2018

Board Memberships & Community Service

Emory IP Society Advisory Board

Virginia Tech Campaign, Atlanta Region, Chair



Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1992)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S., chemical engineering, 1984, cum laude)




U.S. Patent and Trademark Office