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Natalie K. Kaplan*

Senior Patent Agent

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.


Natalie is experienced in all aspects of patent prosecution, from advising clients on patentability and patent filing strategies to drafting design and utility patent applications in the United States and worldwide.

A trained mechanical engineer, Natalie applies a deep technical understanding of the technologies behind her clients’ innovations to each engagement.


Natalie has significant experience in mechanical fields such as heat exchangers, refrigeration devices, engine technology, automotive interiors, agricultural vehicles, construction vehicles, clothing technology, faucets, food products and packaging, and power tools. Her focus also includes control systems, including climate control, traction control, and intelligent vehicular systems. Natalie has also prosecuted design patents for a wide range of consumer products and employs creative strategies to obtain broad design patent protection.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Natalie was a co-op engineer for Madison, Wisconsin-based Sub-Zero Freezer Co. 


Natalie’s representations before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) include:

  • Successfully obtaining meaningful utility and design patent protection aimed at covering potential infringers. In one exemplary case, Natalie prosecuted a utility patent while navigating the USPTO’s prioritized prosecution procedures and obtained valuable patent protection before the prioritized status ended. In parallel, she also successfully filed and prosecuted a series of design patent applications to provide a differing scope of patent protection aimed at covering the competitor’s product.
  • Initiating a reissue design patent application to broaden a food products and packaging client’s patent protection. This application is the result of Natalie’s proposing solutions to improve the strength of the new client’s pre-existing patent portfolio.
  • Successfully defending an ex parte reexamination challenge to an apparel industry client’s patent. Natalie analyzed art brought forward by a third party challenger and successfully identified the differences between the prior art and the patented claims. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • Recipient of The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Gustus L. Larson Scholarship
  • Recipient of the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Recipient of the Edward M. Kurtz Prize, Wisconsin Engineer Magazine


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