Kristin H. Altoff concentrates her practice on intellectual property (IP) counseling, including prosecution, portfolio management, and licensing matters involving trademarks, copyrights, and unfair competition. Kristin counsels clients on a range of enforcement matters, and represents them in US federal court litigation, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board cancellation and opposition proceedings. She also helps clients manage domestic and international trademark portfolios by providing guidance on trademark clearance, registration, and maintenance issues.
Kristin routinely counsels clients on global brand protection measures, including initiating and defending trademark opposition and cancellation actions, and, when necessary, litigation. She works with clients to address IP issues related to corporate transactions, including negotiating trademark licenses and related agreements. She provides guidance on the transfer of trademark portfolios during transactions and develops and manages all aspects of global trademark title update work.
Active in the International Trademark Association, Kristin is currently a member of the organization’s Pro Bono Committee.
American University, Washington College of Law, 2002, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Boston University, 1995, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Recommended, Intellectual property: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing), The Legal 500 US (2018)
Leading Trademark Practitioner, Prosecution & Strategy, DC Metro Area, WTR 1000, World Trademark Review (2018–2020)
Former articles editor, The Administrative Law Review