Catherine Klima


  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - B.S., Mechanical Engineering
  • Northern Illinois University - J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State of Illinois


  • Chicago Women in Intellectual Property (ChiWIP)

Catherine Klima

Senior Counsel

Technology Areas

  • Mechanical
  • Medical Devices

Professional Experience

Catherine is Senior Counsel at Shumaker & Sieffert and is a registered patent attorney. Her practice includes drafting and prosecution of US and International patent applications in the mechanical arts, including applications directed to medical devices, spinal implants, stents, cardiac leads, dental implants, cardiac systems, automotive components, energy components, oil technology, membrane technology, manufacturing processes, semiconductor technology, electronic packaging, solar technology, and fuel cells. Catherine’s practice further includes patent infringement/validity analysis, and portfolio management.

Catherine has been a patent attorney for over 24 years. Previously, Catherine was in-house IP Counsel at Continental Automotive Systems, and a Shareholder at another patent prosecution firm. Prior to her legal career, Catherine was an Engineer at Honeywell International, Inc.

Catherine is on the Board as Vice Chair of Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP).

Speaking Engagements

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP FORUM 2019: Managing the Anticipated Opportunities and Challenges with the 5G Revolution, September 12, 2019 (Sponsored by Managing Intellectual Property)

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: A Discussion About the Legal Implications of AI, Driverless Vehicles and Blockchain, April 18, 2019 (Sponsored by IPLAC)