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Women Who Mean Business 2017: Women to Watch

Houston Business Journal

In September 2017, Blank Rome Associate Katherine Franco was named a Woman to Watch by the Houston Business Journal (“HBJ”). As part of HBJ’s second annual Women Who Mean Business Awards, which recognizes Houston’s most successful women business leaders in for-profit and nonprofits industries, the "Women to Watch" designation honors up-and-coming women who have been in their industry for 10 years or less. For more information on Ms. Franco’s honor, please click here.

"Women Who Mean Business 2017: Women to Watch" — from the October 26, 2017 edition of the Houston Business Journal:

Houston, you better look out — these women are on the rise in the Bayou City's business world.

The 13 Women to Watch honorees are among the 70 honorees selected across eight categories. The criteria for selection included career achievement, contribution to company and city success, community involvement and leadership. A panel of judges and HBJ editors selected the finalists and winners.


Katherine Franco, patent attorney at Blank Rome

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bachelor’s; University of Houston, J.D.

Affiliations: The Clemency Project, pro-bono lawyer; Battleground Texas, volunteer; Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, member

Overheard: “What is most impressive about Katherine is her refusal to take the easy road and her willingness to take the road less traveled, even at great personal sacrifice, and her willingness to find the avenue that will provide her the best learning experience and education, even if she has to leave her comfort zone.” — David Cabello, partner, Blank Rome

Katherine Franco has proven an accomplished patent attorney firmwide at Blank Rome. In her role, she focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, licensing and acquisition of intellectual property rights, opinion work, and counseling clients in technical areas. She became interested in intellectual property law when she supported technology licensing at MIT and Rice University. In addition, very early in her profession, Franco wrote the curriculum for an intellectual property course for the University of Houston Law Center and became an adjunct professor for this course. She frequently writes on intellectual property matters and cases in leading industry publications.

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