Kate Dominguez is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is co-chair of Gibson Dunn’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, focusing on patent litigation.
Ms. Dominguez has extensive experience litigating complex patent cases from discovery through trial and appeal, and has worked across a broad spectrum of technologies, including both high-tech and life sciences matters. Representative technologies Ms. Dominguez has litigated include systems and software for data storage, encryption, interactive television, intrusion detection, mobile communications, network authentication and wireless networking, among others. Ms. Dominguez’s life sciences work has included matters relating to recombinant DNA, pharmaceutical composition and dosing and medical devices. Ms. Dominguez’s practice also includes antitrust litigation in which a client’s defense of its intellectual property rights gives rise to antitrust allegations.
Ms. Dominguez specializes in representing clients at trial. Some of her trial experience includes a three-week jury trial in the District of Nebraska on behalf of a wireless carrier client, in which Gibson Dunn obtained a complete defense verdict across 30 infringement claims. Ms. Dominguez’s role at trial included examining the client’s sole technical expert (non-infringement and invalidity) and one of its two fact witnesses. Ms. Dominguez’s representative trial experience also includes a jury trial in the District of Delaware, in which Gibson Dunn represented the patentee (the market leader in network storage equipment) and obtained an eight-figure damages award for the client. Ms. Dominguez’s participation included examining one of the client’s fact witnesses and arguing jury instructions and other legal issues. Ms. Dominguez has also successfully argued numerous pre-trial and trial motions.
Ms. Dominguez also regularly practices in the Federal Circuit, where she has argued and briefed patent appeals for a wide range of clients. Ms. Dominguez’s representative Federal Circuit experience includes successfully defending several non-infringement verdicts and invalidating three patents on Section 101 grounds.
Ms. Dominguez has been named to the Super Lawyers New York Metro “Rising Stars” list in the category of Intellectual Property each year since 2016. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Richard G. Taranto of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Dominguez earned her Juris Doctor in 2008 from Yale Law School. She received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Wesleyan University in 2003. Ms. Dominguez also obtained her Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University in 2005, as part of her work as a Teach For America corps member.
Ms. Dominguez is a member of the bar of the State of New York and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
Yale University - 2008 Juris Doctor
Pace University - 2005 Master of Science
Wesleyan University - 2003 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar