Kristen specializes in the development and management of patent portfolios for startup ventures and emerging growth companies. She takes a hands-on approach with each client, partnering with Engineering and Management teams to intimately understand each client’s business, competition, and product vision. Armed with this knowledge, Kristen is able to increase the value of her clients’ patent portfolios while reducing overall legal costs.
Kristen has extensive experience building patent portfolios directed to a diverse array of technologies. Previously, with Foley & Lardner LLP in Silicon Valley and Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP in San Diego, Kristen drafted and prosecuted patent applications for drug delivery systems, wireless healthcare technologies, healthcare IT systems, exercise equipment, stem cell technologies, microfluidic diagnostic tools, surgical implants, neuromonitoring systems, and other medical devices. In this role, she also performed patent due diligence reviews and drafted technology development agreements for healthcare technology companies.
Kristen earned her J.D. (cum laude) from Duke University School of Law where she was Chief Executive Editor of the Duke Law & Technology Review and President of the Duke Health Law Society. While at Duke, Kristen advised an early-stage company on legal issues surrounding corporate formation and intellectual property protection as a student advisor in the Duke Start-Up Ventures Clinic.
Kristen received her M.S.E. and B.S.E. (magna cum laude) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan where she performed research in tissue engineering and healthcare policy. As an undergraduate, Kristen co-founded and served as President of the University of Michigan’s Health Engineered for All Lives (M-HEAL), a student organization committed to increasing global access to lifesaving healthcare technologies. Today, the organization continues to provide students with immersion in various stages of product development as they engineer sustainable solutions to real-world global health problems.