Kristine Schlegelmilch

IP Attaché for the U.S. Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva

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 UN intellectual property-related issues. Kristine has been an Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office / 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 International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Originally from the Seattle area, she holds a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law, and MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

About the USPTO

Since 1790, the basic role of the United States intellectual property system has remained the same: to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries" (Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution). Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a federal agency in the Department of Commerce, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Through the issuance of patents, the USPTO encourages technological advancement by providing incentives to invent, invest in, and disclose new technology worldwide. Through the registration of trademarks, the agency assists businesses in protecting their investments, promoting goods and services, and safeguarding consumers against confusion and deception in the marketplace. By disseminating both patent and trademark information, the USPTO promotes an understanding of intellectual property protection and facilitates the development and sharing of new technologies worldwide.