Karen (formerly Karen Jacobs Louden) is Practice Group Coordinator of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group, and also serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation. She also has experience with a variety of other intellectual property and commercial litigation, 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 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 also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, the Board of Directors of the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund, 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. She also was appointed by Governor Markell to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Oversight Panel.
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.