Kristin Murphy

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Kristin Murphy’s experience spans across all aspects of intellectual property. With respect to patent matters, her practice includes domestic and foreign patent prosecution, including as part of strategic patent portfolio development and management. She has extensive experience in patent opinions, intellectual property valuations/due diligence and drafting and negotiation agreements relating to technology and intellectual property.

    Kristin`s intellectual property experience extends beyond patent prosecution. With respect to enforcement matters, she has extensive experience with trademark, unfair competition, and patent litigation through trial and appeal. She also has developed an expertise in administrative contested matters, such as oppositions and cancellation practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Further, Kristin's practice routinely involves drafting and negotiating agreements involving both patent and trademark assets.

    Kristin also counsels companies, venture capitalists, angel investors, and individual investors by helping them evaluate the viability of patent portfolio assets and properly understand the strengths and weaknesses of the intellectual property assets which enable them to make critical investment decisions.

    Prior to her legal career, Kristin was a project engineer for a manufacturing company. She is also a former editor of IDEA, The Journal of Law and Technology, and interned with the Honorable Judge Devine at the United States District Court of New Hampshire. Kristin co-authored the Intellectual Property Today article: “Protection of Intellectual Property from The International Trade Commission” and is the author of an eBook chapter titled: “Tips for Building and Maintaining an Effective Patent Portfolio.” She is also a frequent presenter on various topics relating to intellectual property.

    Kristin is the immediate president of the Women`s Bar Association – Women Lawyer Association of Michigan, Oakland County Region and the current president of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Western New England University, a member of the inGage Advisory Council, Inforum Center for Leadership`s strategy to position Michigan as a hub for high-growth women entrepreneurs, and is a past member of the board of directors for The Pink Fund, a Michigan-based charity that provides short-term financial aid to women and men who are in active treatment for and recovery from breast cancer.

  • Courses
    • Patent Litigation
      This course shall consider strategies and procedures pertaining to patent litigation in the U.S. federal courts. Details of the Patent Act and case law shall be analyzed with regard to discovery, motion practice, trial practice, infringement, invalidity and remedies. No technical degree is required. It is recommended students complete Civil Procedure I and II and Patent Law before enrolling in this course.