Kristen Mollnow Walsh focuses her practice on helping clients protect, enforce and monetize their trademarks and copyrights. Kristen advises clients in a wide range of industries including beverage alcohol, food, consumer goods, fashion, higher education, imaging, medical equipment, health care, software, technology and financial services.
I focus on helping clients to develop, protect and manage distinctive brands to drive their businesses forward. I counsel clients on the selection of new marks, create and implement filing strategies to protect marks both within the United States and abroad and strategically manage worldwide trademark portfolios. I also assist clients with obtaining copyright registrations and advise routinely on Internet and social media-related IP issues.
I help clients strategically enforce their trademark and copyright rights including, for example, through direct contact with infringers, by implementing brand-specific Internet enforcement programs and by invoking the DMCA take-down provisions. I have extensive experience with domain name enforcement proceedings under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and represent clients in contested proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
I do a significant amount of trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement work for clients in the beverage alcohol and food industries. I actively work with other members of the firm’s Food, Beverage and Agriculture industry team to provide comprehensive legal services to businesses in these industry sectors.
With the increasing globalization of our economy and the increasing connectedness of consumers around the world, having a strong, distinctive, well-protected brand will become essential for any company wanting to effectively compete on the global stage.
Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., summa cum laude
Vanderbilt University, B.S., Mathematics, magna cum laude
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Kristen is a member of the New York State (Intellectual Property Section), the American, and the Monroe County bar associations, the International Trademark Association, and the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association.