Catherine A. Van Houten supports the attorneys and clients of McNeill Baur PLLC as Practice Manager. She brings over 30 years of IP support experience, including 18 years in management roles with increasing levels of responsibility. Well-recognized for her knowledge and leadership ability, Cathy speaks and teaches frequently on patent firm administration. She creates course content and teaches for the Patent Resources Group seminar Patent Administration: A Foundation for Success. The course provides training in patent prosecution processes and procedures for administrative staff. Since 2009, Cathy has been a speaker at the Annual Conference for Senior Patent Administrators, sponsored each fall in London by the Management Forum. In 2016, Cathy became the Chairperson of the conference.
In her current role, Cathy provides firm-wide leadership with recruiting and training, new matter and new client processes, docketing, marketing, and other practice management activities. Prior to joining McNeill Baur, Cathy served as the IP Administrator for both Arnold & Porter and Venable LLP. Cathy also had a long tenure as the Manager of Docketing and IP Training at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.
Cathy received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College (2007).