Kirsten Donaldson


Donaldson, Kirsten

Kirsten Donaldson provides strategic counsel to clients in an array of areas, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes, including trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret and patent matters. Ms. Donaldson also maintains a robust practice in technology and intellectual property policy, and administrative practice and procedure. She represents clients in a wide range of technologies, including software, communications, pharmaceuticals, standards setting bodies, and in a variety of consumer products industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Donaldson was legislative director and counsel at the US House of Representatives, where she worked primarily on shaping federal intellectual property laws.

Previously, Ms. Donaldson was a counsel at the Intellectual Property Owners Association, where she represented intellectual property owners before the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Copyright Office, the Department of Commerce, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, the US Trade Representative, the State Department, and Congress. Ms. Donaldson has also worked at the US House Committee on the Judiciary and, while receiving her LLM, in trademarks at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Publications & News


June 13, 2017

What Reviving the TTIP Agreement Could Mean for the Future of Geographical Indications

BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal published an article written by Kirsten Donaldson and John Hobgood analyzing considerations for trademark and geographical indication owners to take into account should the Trump Administration re-engage in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement.

November 16, 2016

How Energy Firms Can Use The Defend Trade Secrets Act

An article by Benjamin Fernandez, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Kirsten Donaldson, published by Law360, discusses how energy firms can use the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act to help them safeguard against misappropriation of their proprietary information.

November 10, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Energy Companies With Trade Secrets—Welcome to the DTSA

Whether it's hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredients, customer lists, geologic and seismic data, or employee know-how, energy companies routinely face trade secret issues. With the enactment of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act in 2016, energy companies have an additional tool to help them safeguard against misappropriation of their proprietary information.

September 29, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: The Future of Energy and Environment Policy Under a Clinton or Trump Presidency

With just under six weeks remaining until the election, we take stock of each candidate's positions on energy, climate change and environmental regulations and discuss what the regulatory landscape might look like under a President Clinton or President Trump. We also offer an analysis of the implications of a potential flip in Senate control coming out of November's many tight Senate races.


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LLM, Intellectual Property, The George Washington University Law School, 2009

JD, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2008

BA, Economics and Political Science, with honors, California Lutheran University, 2005

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