Karen Imgrund Deak

Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Master of Science in Patent Law
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Special Professional Faculty

Office: 1190 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574. 631.6695
Email: kdeak@nd.edu

After earning her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Chicago, Dr. Deak joined the patent prosecution group of Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal. She joined the firm as a patent scientist; passed the patent bar and became a patent agent. Her practice included work with all stages of the patent lifecycle for biotech clients, and included work on medical diagnostic tests, agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and industrial products. Dr. Deak performed patentability, due diligence, and freedom-to-operate analyses; and actively participated in the drafting and prosecution of both U.S. and international patent applications.

At Notre Dame, Dr. Deak is the Director of, and teaches in, both the on-campus MS in Patent Law, as well as in the online- and Chicago-based Certificates in Patent Prosecution.