Summary

Kristine is an intellectual property lawyer. For more than 20 years, she has represented clients, enforcing and defending intellectual property rights worldwide. Kristine’s experience and expertise is in the areas of trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, patents, licensing and contracts. She is known as a talented and effective lawyer.

Kristine has a practical, business-oriented approach. She completed a Mini-MBA program at the University of Saint Thomas Opus College of Business, based on her interest in ethics, corporate responsibility and compliance.  Today, she brings that focus to emerging Artificial Intelligence needs.

Distinctions

  • Named to American Arbitration Association (AAA) Roster
  • Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Practice Rule 114
  • Appointed Neutral on the International Trademark Association (INTA) Panel of Neutrals

Awards

  • Honoree, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property

  • Recognized, MSBA North Star Program (2013 - 2014)

  • The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota

  • Legal Policy Student Intern, United States Patent and Trademark Office (1997)

All Service Areas

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law (1998)
  • University of St. Thomas, Opus School of Business

    Mini-MBA Program, Spring 2011

  • St. Mary's College of Minnesota (1994)

    B.A.

Admissions

  • State - Minnesota
  • Federal - U.S. Supreme Court
  • State - Wisconsin
  • Federal - 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - District of Minnesota
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal - Northern District of Florida
  • Federal - Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - District of Nebraska

Notable Matters

  • Appeared as lead counsel in more than one hundred federal cases involving intellectual property across the nation 
  • Enforced and protected trade dress and trademark rights in more than forty federal court instances
  • Litigated copyright cases involving architectural works, construction projects, music licensing, designer clothing, software and more
  • Successfully brought and concluded on favorable terms several legal actions over trade secret theft
  • Negotiated hundreds of agreements involving intellectual property rights
  • Handles IP due diligence in multiple M&A transactions per year
  • Searches and clears trademarks for use and registration
  • Leads prosecution of hundreds of trademark applications worldwide and protection of IP rights in dozens of countries
  • Creates and executes on legal and business level strategies to combat counterfeiting worldwide

Speeches and Publications

  • Guarding Your Trademarks and Copyrights in the Digital Age Association of Corporate Counsel, Minnesota Chapter, September 2016.
  • Speaker, Non-Trademark Issues Trademark Attorneys Should Know About International Trademark Association, Minneapolis Roundtable, June 2014.
  • Author, Federal (District of Minnesota) Practice Deskbook, Depositions Chapter, May 27, 2014.
  • Author, "Preliminary Injunctions," Trademark Infringement Remedies (BNA), May 16, 2010.
  • Co-Author and Moderator, "Witness," The Minnesota Ultimate Trial Notebook III, Nov. 18, 2000.
  • Author, "Antitrust Concerns With Licensing Agreements," MSBA's Antitrust & Business Competition Law Conference, April 18, 2000.
  • Author, "Judicial Disobedience & The Corporate Right of Publicity in Federal Trademark Dilution Legislation,"  Nov. 27, 1999.
  • Author, "Life After Quality King: A Critique of Copyright Law as a Tool to Police the Grey Market," AIPLA Quarterly Journal 109, April 27, 1999.
  • Author, "The Corporate Right of Publicity in Federal Trademark Dilution Legislation,"  Trademark Reporter, August 27, 1998.

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

    Premier Member

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

    Member

  • American Bar Association

    Intellectual Property Law Section

  • Federal Bar Association

    Past National and Chapter-Level Board Member

  • Hennepin County Bar Association

    Past Fourth District Ethics Committee Member

  • International Trademark Association

    Appointed Panel Members, INTA Panel of Neutrals

  • American Arbitration Association

    Appointed Roster Member

  • Association for Corporate Growth

    Minnesota Chapter Member

  • National Association of Corporate Directors

    Minnesota Chapter Member

Community Involvement

  • Early Settlement Conference Project

    District of Minnesota, United States District Court - Panelist