With a practice focusing on patent prosecution, Kristen Kovach prepares and oversees the submission of provisional patent applications, negotiates and interfaces with USPTO examiners, and analyzes references for Freedom to Operate analysis to determine rights related to patent families. Her clients have been in financial software and biotechnology, as well as in pharmaceuticals and biologics. She has particular experience with technologies utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for medical devices or the delivery of medical services.

Kristen works closely with her clients to identify the fundamental concept behind a technology, then drafts specifications based on that strategy. Representing these clients, Kristen has demonstrated an exceptional ability to clarify and enhance the description of a technology, often identifying where an examiner misunderstands something, resolving it, and obtaining an allowance.

In law school, Kristen was a Clinician in the Appellate Advocacy Clinic. In the clinic, she co-authored, researched, and revised an appellate brief, as well as assisted in preparation for an oral argument that successfully reversed summary judgment in the Fourth Circuit. She also advised fellow clinic members on scientific concepts relevant to arguments they were assembling.

Prior to the inception of her legal career, Kristen was a fellow with the Art and Antiquities Blockchain Consortium. She utilized blockchain technology to develop a prototype for managing high-value art sales, reducing the problem of unclear provenance while growing crucial trust in the industry.

Ultimately, Kristen sees her job as helping her clients use their ideas to power their growth. To her, this means both protecting their current disclosure, and simultaneously helping them define and monetize their work in the future.

In her spare time, Kristen enjoys hiking, visiting historic locations, and reading, mostly nonfiction.

Community & Professional

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Art & Antiquities Blockchain Consortium, Fellow, 2021-2022


J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law

M.S., Medical Physiology with concentration in Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

B.S., Biology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Hungarian

Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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