In 2019, IAM Strategy 300 honored Diane Gabl Kratz as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists. She is currently Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate Technology’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Diane manages Seagate’s global trademark portfolio, leading strategy across 100 countries, strengthening brand recognition, and combatting counterfeits. Her enforcement responsibilities include copyrights and domain names. As a USPTO-registered patent attorney, she also handles all aspects of the patent portfolios for the Consumer Products and Media business units, advising on strategy, prosecution, litigation, and IP-related transactions.
A four-time Super Lawyers Rising Star, Diane was previously in private practice at the Silicon Valley offices of international law firms Morrison & Foerster LLP and Sidley Austin LLP. There, she focused on IP litigation in industries such as semiconductors, software, telecom, consumer electronics, and medical devices. While at Sidley Austin, Chambers USA awarded her department the 2014 Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Team of the Year.
A well-regarded speaker, Diane regularly presents at conferences throughout the United States. She has been featured as a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Management Science & Engineering Department, the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the Practising Law Institute (PLI). She serves as a Global Advisory Board Member for the Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF).
Diane received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University.