Kristin H. Altoff concentrates her practice on intellectual property (IP) counseling, including portfolio management and brand strategy. She provides guidance and advice on domestic and international clearance, prosecution, registration, and maintenance issues. Kristin also counsels clients on a wide range of enforcement matters and represents them in US federal court litigation and US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board opposition and cancellation proceedings. Kristin serves as co-head of the IP practice in the Washington, DC, office.
Kristin assists clients in a broad array of IP-related matters, including addressing IP issues related to corporate transactions, negotiating settlement and licensing agreements, providing guidance on the transfer of IP portfolios during transactions, and developing and managing all aspects of global title update work.
World Trademark Review 1000 recently recognized Kristin as a leading practitioner for trademark prosecution and strategy, noting that Kristin “not only is well-versed in the unique rules and procedures of the TTAB, but also understands business needs and priorities. She handles TTAB matters efficiently with excellent outcomes.” An active member in the International Trademark Association, Kristin currently is a member of the Brand Restrictions Committee and was previously a member of the Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee, the Pro Bono Committee, the Enforcement Committee, and the Parallel Imports 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
Recommended, Intellectual property: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing), The Legal 500 US (2018, 2023)
Leading Trademark Practitioner, Prosecution & Strategy, DC Metro Area, WTR 1000, World Trademark Review (2018–2023)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Former articles editor, The Administrative Law Review