Karen Ann Jacobs

Partner

(302) 351-9227 T
(302) 425-4681 F

Recognized as an intellectual property leader by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America®, Delaware Super Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America, Managing IP, and others. Karen is also recipient of the Delaware State Bar Association Community Service Award & Women’s Leadership Award.

Karen (formerly Karen Jacobs Louden) is Practice Group Coordinator of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group.  Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation.  She also has experience with a variety of other intellectual property and commercial litigation areas, including copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, and contract and licensing disputes.

Karen has been recognized for legal excellence by Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, Law and Business Media, IAM Patent 1000, Delaware Super Lawyers and for consecutive years, by Managing Intellectual Property and Best Lawyers Business Edition as one of the top women in IP.

Karen is an avid advocate of legal representation for the poor.  She is a board member and past president of Delaware Volunteer Legal Services.  She recently served as chair of the Combined Campaign for Justice, which benefits the three legal aid agencies in Delaware that serve low-income populations.  Karen served for eight years as a member of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Committee for the Provision of Legal Services to Low Income People.

Karen’s other community activities include her service as co-chair of the Delaware State Bar Association Professional Guidance Committee, which offers peer guidance and support to lawyers with practice-related or personal issues, and her past service on the Delaware State Bar Association Executive Committee, where she has served in various positions.  She was appointed by Governor Markell to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Oversight Panel.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware and is Legal Community Section Chair for the United Way of Delaware.  She previously served as chair of the Women and Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, and as an associate member of the Board of Bar Examiners.  In 2001, she was appointed by Governor Minner to serve a three year term on the State of Delaware Council on Early Care and Education.

In 2009, Karen was the recipient of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Women’s Leadership Award.  The award is presented to a member of the Delaware Bar whose character, strength, personality, achievement and activities in matters affecting women lawyers have served as an inspiration to and a model for women lawyers.  She also was awarded the Delaware State Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 2003.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association (Professional Guidance Committee, Co-Chair; Women in Law Section, Chair, 1994-1995; Executive Committee, 2009-2012)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association

Community Activities

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware (Board Member)
  • Combined Campaign for Justice (Former Chair)
  • Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (Board Member and Past President)
  • Governor’s Task Force on Early Care and Education (2001-2003)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
  • United Way of Delaware (Legal Community Sector, Chair)
  • Workers’ Compensation Oversight Panel

News

32 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2017) – Thirty-two attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 83,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

IAM Patent 1000 2017 Ranks Morris Nichols Among Top Delaware IP Firms

Wilmington, DE (July 14, 2017) – Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) has released the sixth edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The 2017 guide pronounces Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP a “tier-one practice” brimming with “high-quality professionals who possess a wealth of knowledge and... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2017 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 23 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 26, 2017) – The 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-three... Continue Reading

Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Names Morris Nichols

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2017) – Managing Intellectual Property has once again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a “highly recommended” Delaware IP law firm. The firm earned the highest possible ranking in the Managing IP – IP Stars (2017) guide. The publication deemed Morris Nichols, “one of the biggest IP groups... Continue Reading

16 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2017 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 12, 2017) – Sixteen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2017 Delaware Super Lawyers list.  William M. Lafferty was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Kimberly Gill McKinnon, D. McKinley (Mac) Measley, and Curtis S. Miller were... Continue Reading

Expert Guides: Patents Names Four Morris Nichols Partners

Wilmington, DE (March 20, 2017) – Four Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners will be listed in Expert Guides: Patents.  Jack. B. Blumenfeld, Karen Jacobs, Maryellen Noreika and Rodger D. Smith II have all been identified as leading individuals in the legal industry through Expert Guides independent client and peer research. About... Continue Reading

31 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2016) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

IAM Patent 1000 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Among Top Delaware IP Firms

Wilmington, DE (May 31, 2016) – Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) has released the fifth edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The 2016 guide pronounces Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP a “patent litigation powerhouse” and ranks the firm in its highest, Gold band on the Delaware rankings... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 25 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 27, 2016) – The 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-five Morris... Continue Reading

Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Names Morris Nichols

Wilmington, DE (May 24, 2016) – Managing Intellectual Property has once again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a “highly recommended” Delaware IP law firm. The firm earned the highest possible ranking in the Managing IP – IP Stars (2016) guide. The publication deemed Morris Nichols, “one of the biggest IP groups in... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 13, 2016) – Seventeen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers list.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, D. McKinley (Mac) Measley, Curtis S. Miller, and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as... Continue Reading

Six Morris Nichols Partners Listed Among Best Lawyers 2016 Women in the Law

Wilmington, DE (May 3, 2016) – Six partners from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP have been included in Best Lawyers Business Edition’s list of 2016 Women in the Law. Featuring peer-nominated attorneys in 140 practice areas, the list is part of the inaugural Best Lawyers Business Edition publication, produced in collaboration with the... Continue Reading

Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2016 Names Three Morris Nichols Partners

Wilmington, DE (February 3, 2016) – Three Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners will be listed in Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2016. Jack. B. Blumenfeld, Karen Jacobs, and Rodger D. Smith II have all been identified as leaders in their field through Who’s Who Legal’s independent client and peer research. The annual guide recognizes... Continue Reading

30 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Wilmington, DE (August 17, 2015) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Jack B. Blumenfeld was named the Best Lawyers® 2016... Continue Reading

IAM Patent 1000 2015 Ranks Morris Nichols a “Gold” Firm in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (June 17, 2015) – Today, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) released the fourth edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The guide ranks Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a “Gold” band law firm in Delaware, noting that the firm “achieves the rare feat of making major plays on the... Continue Reading

Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2015 Recognizes Four Morris Nichols Partners

Wilmington, DE (June 6, 2015) – Four Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners have been named in Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2015. Through client and peer research, the independent guide evaluates hundreds of attorneys worldwide to identify top patent attorneys. Morris Nichols partners Jack. B. Blumenfeld, Karen Jacobs, Maryellen... Continue Reading

Managing Intellectual Property Recognizes Morris Nichols in 2015 IP Stars Guide

Wilmington, DE (May 27, 2015) – In the 2015 edition of IP Stars, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been “highly recommended” for intellectual property in Delaware, the highest possible ranking.  Noting that Morris Nichols “is a highly acclaimed general practice law firm with a strong intellectual property group and a diverse... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2015 Ranks 23 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2015) – The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-three... Continue Reading

16 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 15, 2015) – Sixteen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Curtis S. Miller and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as 2015... Continue Reading

2015 Patents Expert Guide Recognizes Three Morris Nichols Partners

Wilmington, DE (March 1, 2015) – Patents Expert Guide has released its 2015 international guide to the top legal practitioners advising on patent law.  Morris Nichols partners Jack B. Blumenfeld, Karen Jacobs, and Rodger D. Smith II are recognized in the United States listing. The 2015 Patents Expert Guide covers 62 jurisdictions... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

Wilmington, DE (August 18, 2014) – Twenty-eight attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell were selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 50,000 attorneys. Two partners received special recognition as 2015 Delaware Lawyer of the... Continue Reading

Four Morris Nichols Partners Listed Among Top Patent Attorneys in Who's Who Legal: Patents 2014

Wilmington, DE (June 13, 2014) – Four Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell lawyers have been named in the Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2014, an independent research guide on the world’s leading patent lawyers. Jack B. Blumenfeld, Karen Jacobs, Maryellen Noreika, and Rodger D. Smith, II are among 670 experts in 57 worldwide... Continue Reading

Intellectual Asset Management Ranks Morris Nichols in Delaware Top Tier

Wilmington, DE (June 2, 2014) – The 2014 edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners ranked Morris Nichols in the gold tier for Delaware, noting the firm “is a first port of call for litigators seeking local counsel in Delaware.” In addition to this top firm ranking, five Morris Nichols’... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers- Delaware Edition 2014

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2014) – 17 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013. Jack Blumenfeld and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. In addition, attorneys Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Curtis Miller were recognized as 2014 Delaware... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2014 Names 21 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups as Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2014) – The 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked twenty-one Morris Nichols’ attorneys and four practice groups as best in Delaware.  Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and reputations... Continue Reading

2014 Chambers USA Directory Ranks 21 Morris Nichols Attorneys as 'Leaders in their Field"

Wilmington, DE (March, 2014) – The Firm congratulates its 21 attorneys who will be included in the 2014 Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field” legal directory by Chambers & Partners. Several practices and lawyers are recognized in more than one area. Delaware A Gilchrist Sparks III, Chancery & Corporate /M&A Derek... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America - 60 Practice Specialty Selections; 22 Top-Listed Practice areas; 5 Delaware Lawyers of the Year

Wilmington, DE (August 21, 2013) – Morris Nichols is pleased to announce that two thirds of the firm's partnership have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  The firm was noted for 60 individual specialty selections, 22 "Top-Listed" practice specialties, and five individual 2014 Delaware Lawyers... Continue Reading

22 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2013) – 22 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013.  Rick Alexander and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2013 Names 17 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups as Best In Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 24, 2013) – The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked seventeen Morris Nichols’ attorneys and four practice groups as best in Delaware.  Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and reputations... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013

Wilmington, DE (August 31, 2012) – 28 Morris Nichols attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in twenty two practice areas. Morris Nichols lawyers were selected for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the country, according... Continue Reading

18 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2009

Wilmington, DE – June 3, 2009 – Super Lawyers® magazine has named 18 Morris Nichols attorneys as top legal counsel in Delaware for 2009, three more than were listed in 2008. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics who undertakes a rigorous selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2009 Names 20 Morris Nichols Attorneys and Five Practice Groups as Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE – June 12, 2009 – The 2009 edition of Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked twenty Morris Nichols’ attorneys and five practice groups as best in Delaware. Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and... Continue Reading

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