A future-focused IP attorney with an engineering background
Kaylee Hoffner is a former engineer turned patent attorney with a passion for technology and lifelong learning. She began her career with Patterson + Sheridan as a summer intern in 2020. As an associate, she assists in the preparation and prosecution of patents, with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Before joining Patterson + Sheridan, Kaylee worked as an engineer for Boeing. In that role, she gained experience both in equipment and tooling engineering, as well as robotics and controls engineering, while supporting factory automation for the 787 production system. Kaylee enjoyed using her undergraduate degree in materials science engineering to assist with programming, robotic path planning, and factory automation. This technology sparked Kaylee’s passion as a lifelong learner. She decided to expand her expertise and is on track to finish a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a focus in robotics and controls at John Hopkins University in 2022.
Lifelong learning backed by research
Kaylee graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law, where she was president of the Intellectual Property Student Association. Kaylee was also a scholar at the university’s Center for Law, Science, and Innovation (LSI), where she received the Daniel Strouse Prize for her academic strength and contributions to the LSI center. During law school, she also presented and published research related to the soft law governance of AI as well as blockchain technologies, governance, and proposed election infrastructures.
While in Arizona, Kaylee volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). In this role, she helped children through custody cases by explaining the legal process and advocating for their best interests. She plans to continue this work in Houston, as well as continuing to serve as an active member of the Junior League.
Kaylee’s love of research finds its way into the rest of her life. It’s not unusual to find her studying the latest technology for a patent she is working on. When she isn’t reading up on neural networks or taking apart instruments as part of her master’s research, Kaylee teaches ballet, plays piano and runs marathons. She is currently training for her first Iron Man competition.
- Communications Technologies
- Complex Software + IT
- Electronics + Semiconductor Technologies
- Industrial Products
- Patent Preparation + Prosecution
- J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 2021
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2022
- B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2017
- State Bar of Texas (pending)