Kristen Mollnow Walsh - IP Counseling & Transactions - Nixon Peabody LLP

Kristen Mollnow Walsh

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.

What do you focus on?

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.

What do you see on the horizon?

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.



Kristen Mollnow Walsh



Phone: 585-263-1065


Phone: 617-345-6021

Fax: 585-263-1600

Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., summa cum laude

Vanderbilt University, B.S., Mathematics, magna cum laude

New York


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

  • World Trademark Review 1000—Recommended as a leading NY lawyer for trademark prosecution and strategy (2014-2022)

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.

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