Kirby Drake, partner, is experienced in all areas of intellectual property law, including trade secret, patent, trademark, copyright and confidential information matters.  She focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution, addressing a broad range of technologies, including chemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, aerospace, and computer-related matters.  Kirby has a wide range of litigation experience, largely focused on patent litigation, having been an integral part of trial teams working on matters from the initial filing phase through trial, both on the plaintiff as well as on the defense side.  She also has significant experience in electronic discovery in various types of litigation matters, including managing various e-discovery platforms, and she also regularly writes and speaks on the subject.  

Kirby earned a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in chemistry from Duke University.

Contact Kirby Drake at Kirby.Drake@kk-llp.com.

  • Professional Activities

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

    • General Chair, Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM) 2014
    • Executive Commitee, National Chemistry and the Law Section
    • Member, Committee on Patents and Related Matters
    • Treasurer, Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section (2006-2012)
    • Business Manager of the regional newsletter, The Southwest Retort
    State Bar of Texas
    • Member, Intellectual Property Section, 2002-present
    • Council Member, Intellectual Property Section, 2011-present
    • Member, Unfair Competition Commitee, 2004-present
    • Committee Chairperson, Unfair Competition Committee, 2007-2011
    Dallas Bar Association
    • Vice Chair (2010-2011) and Co-Chair (2012-present), Summer Law Intern Program Committee
    • Chair (2012), Dallas Bar Association Justice in Education Symposium
    • Member, Intellectual Property Section, 2005-present
    • Co-Vice Chair (2008) and Co-Chair (2009-2011), Law Day Committee
    • Co-Vice Chair (2005-2006) and Co-Chair (2006-2007), Law in the Schools and Community Committee

  • Honors

  • "Rising Star," 2007, 2009-2014, a Thomson Reuters service

  • Speeches, Publications and Presentations

  • "How to Take Advantage of the First-to-File Patent System", Entrepreneur.com, March 2014

    "Inter Partes Review (IPR) - Learning From the Denied Petitions", State Bar of Texas, March 2014

    "Covered Business Method Review - A Tale of Two Decisions", Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, March 2014

    "Inter Partes Review - Taking the Invalidity Battle Back to the Patent Office", Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, November 2013

    "An Entrepreneur's Guide to Intellectual Property", Entrepreneurial Insurance Symposium, September 2013

    "Patent Prosecution in the First-to-File World", Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, August 2013

    "Outside to In-House Counsel- Making the Switch and Lessons Learned", Panel Moderator, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2013

    "Reverse Payments, Generic and Brand-Name Drugs, and Consumer Impact", Commentary, Westlaw Journal Pharmaceutical, Vol. 29, Issue 4, June 2013

    "Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis Inc.: The Future of Reverse Payment Settlements in Pharmaceutical Litigation," Bloomberg BNA, May 2013

    "Pre-Issuance Patent Submissions - A New Way to Participate in Patent Prosecution," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, May 2013

    "Ethical Issues in Discovery," Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 4, Spring 2013

    "Pre-Issuance (Third-Party) Submissions", State Bar of Texas Advanced IP Course, February 2013

    "So a Patent Issues, Now What?" American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM), October 2012

    "Pre-Issuance (Third-Party) Submissions" as part of "The America Invents Act: What It Means to You," Dallas Bar Association, August 2013 and October 2012

    "So a Patent Issues, Now What?," Dallas IEEE GOLD, September 2012

    "IP Issues in Advertising and Promotion in the Chemical Industry," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012

    "Ethics in Discovery," American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Spring Meeting, Austin, TX, May 2012

    "IP Issues in Advertising and Promotion in the Chemical Industry," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, August 2011

    "Ethical Issues in Discovery," State Bar of Texas Advanced Patent Litigation Course, July 2011

    "DBA Hosts Mock Voir Dire," Dallas Bar Association HEADNOTES, June 2011

    "Ethical Issues in Electronic Discovery: Lessons to be Learned," Dallas Bar Association, November 2010

    "Ethics and the Law: The Case of Myriad Genetics, Ethics in Patenting and Ethics in Licensing and Commercializing Innovations," Dallas Bar Association, October 2010

    "Food for Thought - The Potential for Food Patenting," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2010

    "Protecting Trade Secrets in the Current Economy," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2010

    "Texas Trade Secret Update," State Bar of Texas Annual IP CLE Program, June 2010

    "DISD Students Participate in Mock Voir Dire," Dallas Bar Association HEADNOTES, June 2010 (quoted)

    "Ethical Issues in Discovery: Lessons to be Learned," Dallas Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, April 2010

    "Protecting Trade Secrets in the Current Economy," State Bar of Texas Annual IP CLE Program, June 2009

    "Trade Secrets and Patents: The Yin and Yang of IP Law," State Bar of Texas Advanced IP CLE Program, March 2009

    "Patents, Competition, Antitrust and Generic Drugs: Resolving Hatch-Waxman Issues," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2009

    "The PRO IP Act - A New Hammer in Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. CLE, December 2008

    "A Primer on Trade Secret Law," The Advocate, Winter 2008

    "Ethical Issues in Electronic Discovery: Lessons from Qualcomm," State Bar of Texas Annual IP CLE Program, July 2008

    "So You Have Gotten a Patent - Now What?," American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2008

    "Food for Thought - The Potential for Food Patenting," Institute of Food Technologists, Frisco, Texas, March 2008

    "Ethics in the Marketplace: Can You Keep a (Trade) Secret?," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, August 2007

    "New PTO Rules Relating to Patent Prosecution," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Web Seminar, September 2006

    "The Paperless Office - Not So Unrealistic Anymore," Dallas Bar Association HEADNOTES, November 1, 2005

    Co-author with Edward R. Ergenzinger, Jr., "The 'Depressing' Effect of Eli Lilly and Co. v. Barr Labs., Inc. on the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries," Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal 1, 2002

  • Practice Areas

  • Patent litigation
    Patent prosecution
    Trade secret and misappropriation litigation
    Trademark litigation
    Intellectual property counseling
    Counseling on electronic discovery matters
    Trade secret protection and enforcement

  • Admitted to Practice

  • State of Texas, 2002
    United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2004
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2004
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2003
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2011
    Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009
    U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 2010
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2010

  • Education

  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2002

    • Managing Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review
    • Citation Editor of Wake Forest Intellectual Property Association Law Journal

    B.S., cum laude, Chemistry, Duke University, 1999

  • Volunteer Activities

  • The Shoulders of Giants, a science-focused non-profit organization

    •  Board of Directors, 2013 to present

    Lake Highlands North HOA 

    • President, 2012-present
    • Secretary, 2010-2011
  • Publications



  • Presentations

  • Darin M. Klemchuk
  • Kelly J. Kubasta
  • Casey L. Griffith
  • Shannon W. Bates
  • Kirby Drake
  • Liza Philip Dahm
  • Austin Champion
  • Pei-Chih H. Keene
  • Michael C. Barbee

Kirby Drake, partner, is experienced in all areas of intellectual property law, including trade secret, patent, trademark, copyright and confidential information matters.  She focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution, addressing a broad range of technologies, including chemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, aerospace, and computer-related matters.  Kirby has a wide range of litigation experience, largely focused on patent litigation, having been an integral part of trial teams working on matters from the initial filing phase through trial, both on the plaintiff as well as on the defense side.  She also has significant experience in electronic discovery in various types of litigation matters, including managing various e-discovery platforms, and she also regularly writes and speaks on the subject.  

Kirby earned a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in chemistry from Duke University.

Contact Kirby Drake at Kirby.Drake@kk-llp.com.

  • Professional Activities

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

    • General Chair, Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM) 2014
    • Executive Commitee, National Chemistry and the Law Section
    • Member, Committee on Patents and Related Matters
    • Treasurer, Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section (2006-2012)
    • Business Manager of the regional newsletter, The Southwest Retort
    State Bar of Texas
    • Member, Intellectual Property Section, 2002-present
    • Council Member, Intellectual Property Section, 2011-present
    • Member, Unfair Competition Commitee, 2004-present
    • Committee Chairperson, Unfair Competition Committee, 2007-2011
    Dallas Bar Association
    • Vice Chair (2010-2011) and Co-Chair (2012-present), Summer Law Intern Program Committee
    • Chair (2012), Dallas Bar Association Justice in Education Symposium
    • Member, Intellectual Property Section, 2005-present
    • Co-Vice Chair (2008) and Co-Chair (2009-2011), Law Day Committee
    • Co-Vice Chair (2005-2006) and Co-Chair (2006-2007), Law in the Schools and Community Committee

  • Honors

  • "Rising Star," 2007, 2009-2014, a Thomson Reuters service

  • Speeches, Publications and Presentations

  • "How to Take Advantage of the First-to-File Patent System", Entrepreneur.com, March 2014

    "Inter Partes Review (IPR) - Learning From the Denied Petitions", State Bar of Texas, March 2014

    "Covered Business Method Review - A Tale of Two Decisions", Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, March 2014

    "Inter Partes Review - Taking the Invalidity Battle Back to the Patent Office", Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, November 2013

    "An Entrepreneur's Guide to Intellectual Property", Entrepreneurial Insurance Symposium, September 2013

    "Patent Prosecution in the First-to-File World", Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, August 2013

    "Outside to In-House Counsel- Making the Switch and Lessons Learned", Panel Moderator, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2013

    "Reverse Payments, Generic and Brand-Name Drugs, and Consumer Impact", Commentary, Westlaw Journal Pharmaceutical, Vol. 29, Issue 4, June 2013

    "Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis Inc.: The Future of Reverse Payment Settlements in Pharmaceutical Litigation," Bloomberg BNA, May 2013

    "Pre-Issuance Patent Submissions - A New Way to Participate in Patent Prosecution," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, May 2013

    "Ethical Issues in Discovery," Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 4, Spring 2013

    "Pre-Issuance (Third-Party) Submissions", State Bar of Texas Advanced IP Course, February 2013

    "So a Patent Issues, Now What?" American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM), October 2012

    "Pre-Issuance (Third-Party) Submissions" as part of "The America Invents Act: What It Means to You," Dallas Bar Association, August 2013 and October 2012

    "So a Patent Issues, Now What?," Dallas IEEE GOLD, September 2012

    "IP Issues in Advertising and Promotion in the Chemical Industry," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012

    "Ethics in Discovery," American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Spring Meeting, Austin, TX, May 2012

    "IP Issues in Advertising and Promotion in the Chemical Industry," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, August 2011

    "Ethical Issues in Discovery," State Bar of Texas Advanced Patent Litigation Course, July 2011

    "DBA Hosts Mock Voir Dire," Dallas Bar Association HEADNOTES, June 2011

    "Ethical Issues in Electronic Discovery: Lessons to be Learned," Dallas Bar Association, November 2010

    "Ethics and the Law: The Case of Myriad Genetics, Ethics in Patenting and Ethics in Licensing and Commercializing Innovations," Dallas Bar Association, October 2010

    "Food for Thought - The Potential for Food Patenting," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2010

    "Protecting Trade Secrets in the Current Economy," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2010

    "Texas Trade Secret Update," State Bar of Texas Annual IP CLE Program, June 2010

    "DISD Students Participate in Mock Voir Dire," Dallas Bar Association HEADNOTES, June 2010 (quoted)

    "Ethical Issues in Discovery: Lessons to be Learned," Dallas Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, April 2010

    "Protecting Trade Secrets in the Current Economy," State Bar of Texas Annual IP CLE Program, June 2009

    "Trade Secrets and Patents: The Yin and Yang of IP Law," State Bar of Texas Advanced IP CLE Program, March 2009

    "Patents, Competition, Antitrust and Generic Drugs: Resolving Hatch-Waxman Issues," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2009

    "The PRO IP Act - A New Hammer in Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. CLE, December 2008

    "A Primer on Trade Secret Law," The Advocate, Winter 2008

    "Ethical Issues in Electronic Discovery: Lessons from Qualcomm," State Bar of Texas Annual IP CLE Program, July 2008

    "So You Have Gotten a Patent - Now What?," American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2008

    "Food for Thought - The Potential for Food Patenting," Institute of Food Technologists, Frisco, Texas, March 2008

    "Ethics in the Marketplace: Can You Keep a (Trade) Secret?," American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, August 2007

    "New PTO Rules Relating to Patent Prosecution," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Web Seminar, September 2006

    "The Paperless Office - Not So Unrealistic Anymore," Dallas Bar Association HEADNOTES, November 1, 2005

    Co-author with Edward R. Ergenzinger, Jr., "The 'Depressing' Effect of Eli Lilly and Co. v. Barr Labs., Inc. on the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries," Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal 1, 2002

  • Practice Areas

  • Patent litigation
    Patent prosecution
    Trade secret and misappropriation litigation
    Trademark litigation
    Intellectual property counseling
    Counseling on electronic discovery matters
    Trade secret protection and enforcement

  • Admitted to Practice

  • State of Texas, 2002
    United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2004
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2004
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2003
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2011
    Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009
    U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 2010
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2010

  • Education

  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2002

    • Managing Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review
    • Citation Editor of Wake Forest Intellectual Property Association Law Journal

    B.S., cum laude, Chemistry, Duke University, 1999

  • Volunteer Activities

  • The Shoulders of Giants, a science-focused non-profit organization

    •  Board of Directors, 2013 to present

    Lake Highlands North HOA 

    • President, 2012-present
    • Secretary, 2010-2011
  • Publications



  • Presentations

  • Darin M. Klemchuk
  • Kelly J. Kubasta
  • Casey L. Griffith
  • Shannon W. Bates
  • Kirby Drake
  • Liza Philip Dahm
  • Austin Champion
  • Pei-Chih H. Keene
  • Michael C. Barbee