B.S. Computer Engineering California State University, Long Beach, CA

B.A. English, Honors University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

J.D. Loyola Law School, Los Angles, CA


Karen Oster

Karen is a Partner with the firm. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution (the process of obtaining a patent). Karen has written and/or prosecuted patents in technological categories such as machines and tools, medical and dental devices and processes, construction, consumer products, sporting equipment, toys and games, and computer-related inventions. She also has extensive experience with design patents. Finally, Karen’s practice includes opinion work (e.g. patentability, noninfringement, and infringement).

For over twenty-five years Karen has been assisting businesses and individuals turn ideas into patents. She realizes that each client has unique intellectual property needs and uses creative solutions to help her clients achieve their goals. Karen takes the time to explain the patenting process so that each client understands the available options.

Karen’s computer engineering degree was directed to a combination of software, digital electronics, and analog electronics.

Karen has been and remains active in many legal and professional organizations. She has served on the board of (and sometimes chaired) groups such as the Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Section, the Oregon Patent Law Association, the Oregon State Bar Technology Section, and the IEEE Intellectual Property Committee.

Representative patents available upon request. Please send a basic technological category (e.g. software, business method, mechanical, electrical) and some additional information such as the general field of your invention (e.g. medical, computer, audio, printing, games, tools, sporting goods).

2009: “Patents and E-Commerce” Chapter of the Oregon State Bar Computer and Internet Law Section e-Commerce Deskbook.

2009: Cited in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin.

1995-2001: Federal Circuit Patent Case Digests published by West Group.

Bar Admissions

Oregon State Bar

Patent Bar

USPTO Registration # 37,621