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March 1, 2015 Vol. 70 No. 5 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Volunteer Spotlight: Katja Loeffelholz

With a Russian first name, meaning “little Katherine,” and the married name “Loeffelholz,” which is of German origin, Katja Loeffelholz feels right at home in an international association.
While in law school, and after several informational interviews covering various practice areas, the topic Katja found most interesting was IP/trademarks. She thought it was creative and innovative; and today, after some experience in this area, she can confirm that she has never regretted the decision to specialize in IP.

After she graduated from law school, Katja practiced IP law in South Carolina for about seven years. There, she passed the patent bar during her first year of practice. South Carolina was a great experience, as there are several multinational companies based there, including Michelin, BMW, Ryobi, Fiji and Hitachi, some of which were her clients. She claims that thanks to her relationship with Japanese clients, the best Japanese food she ever had outside of Japan was in South Carolina.

Today her practice at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, LLP, is in Napa, California, so she has exchanged Japanese food for Napa’s wine. Consequently, her practice tends to focus on trademarking wine brands, bottle design patents and enforcement issues. Napa is also known for its restaurants, hotels, spas and scenic beauty, so she still races outside in the morning to see the hot air balloons fly overhead. If she were not practicing law, she says she would want to be a professor, as she enjoys learning, reading and exploring new ideas.

The first INTA meeting Katja attended was the San Antonio Annual Meeting in 1997. She thought it was fun, very organized and she thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many professionals from around the world. She is currently serving on the Geographical Indications Subcommittee of the Related Rights Committee, which she believes is a fascinating area of the law, and she is learning Spanish in preparation for the 2015 INTA Leadership Meeting in Panama.

Katja likes to run and does “boot camp” exercises called INSANITY. She enjoys being outdoors, especially in warm weather. Her husband likes to sail, so occasionally all the family goes sailing out in the San Francisco Bay. Because her parents live in Puerto Rico, one of her preferred vacations is visiting them and then cruising around the Caribbean to Saint Thomas, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Martin. Katja also has three daughters—Gabriella, 18; Francesca, 16; and Dominique, who is in the fourth grade.

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