Kristine Schlegelmilch is the IP attaché for the U.S. Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, covering the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and all U.N. intellectual property-related issues. Kristine has been an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Office of Policy and International Affairs for five years, covering IP-related multilateral trade issues and IP enforcement issues in South Asia.
Most recently, she was detailed to the White House's Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator as senior advisor for international affairs, and took part in developing the administration's 2013-2016 Joint Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement. Kristine previously served as deputy director of the Office of Intellectual Property Rights for the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration.
Originally from the Seattle area, she holds a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, and M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
About the USPTO and the Office of Policy and International Affairs
Aside from the issuance of patents and registration of trademarks, the USPTO has a statutory mandate to advise the President and all federal agencies, through the Secretary of Commerce, on national and international intellectual property (IP) policy issues, including IP protection in other countries. In addition, the USPTO is authorized by statute to provide guidance, conduct programs and studies, and interact with IP offices worldwide—and with international intergovernmental organizations—on matters involving IP.
The USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs fulfills this mandate by leading negotiations on behalf of the United States at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); advising the Administration on the negotiation and implementation of the IP provisions of international trade agreements; advising the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on a full range of IP policy matters, including in the areas of patent, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets; conducting empirical research on IP; and providing educational programs on the protection, use, and enforcement of IP.