William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1998

St. Mary's College of Minnesota, B.A., 1994

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Kristine M. Boylan
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Since 1998, Kristine Boylan has enforced and defended intellectual property rights worldwide at Patent and Trademark offices,  in courts, in mediations, and in ADR.  Today, Kristine is co-chair of Briggs’ IP Prosecution section and focuses her practice in the areas of trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, licensing and intellectual property contracts.

Kristine has a practical, business-oriented approach. She completed a Mini-MBA program at the University of Saint Thomas Opus College of Business. In law school, she served as a legal policy intern at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Named to American Arbitration Association (AAA) Roster
  • Qualified neutral under Minnesota Practice Rule 114
  • Appointed neutral on the International Trademark Association (INTA) Panel of Neutrals

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • International Trademark Association, Panel of Neutrals
  • Table Captain, St. Thomas Law Women's Leadership Roundtable, 2016
  • Recognized, MSBA North Star Program, 2013-2014
  • The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota


  • Handles IP due diligence in multiple M&A transactions per year
  • Regularly searches and clears trademarks for use and registration
  • Leads prosecution of hundreds of trademark applications worldwide and protection of IP rights in dozens of countries
  • Creates and executes on legal and business level strategies to combat counterfeiting (worldwide)
  • Has negotiated hundreds of agreements involving intellectual property rights
  • Has appeared as lead counsel in more than one hundred federal cases involving intellectual property across the nation  
  • Has enforced and protected trade dress and trademark rights in more than forty federal court instances
  • Has litigated copyright cases involving architectural works, construction projects, music licensing, designer clothing, software and more
  • Has successfully brought and concluded on favorable terms several legal actions over trade secret theft

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Premier Member

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Trademark Litigation Committee, Former Member

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section

Federal Bar Association, Former National and Chapter-Level Board Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Former Fourth District Ethics Committee Member

Early Settlement Conference Project, District of Minnesota, United States District Court, Early Settlement Conference Counsel Panelist