The Prinz Law Office

The Prinz Law Office specializes in providing world-class intellectual property counsel to clients in the high technology, life science, and e-commerce industries. From across the San Francisco Bay Area to Europe and Asia, The Prinz Law Office advises early stage start-ups to large public companies on how to develop, commercialize, protect, and transfer their most vital assets – intellectual property.

Located in Silicon Valley, only minutes away from South San Francisco, The Prinz Law Office enjoys strong ties to the high technology, life sciences, and e-commerce industries, which collectively form the backbone of the Bay Area economy. The firm’s unparalleled expertise across these industries enables us to provide superior legal representation regarding intellectual property matters to high technology, life sciences, and e-commerce focused companies.

The Prinz Law Office currently offers the services of firm founder Kristie D. Prinz, Esq. Kristie’s practice focuses on representing high tech and life sciences companies in a variety of domestic and international transactional matters, including but not limited to technology licensing and research collaborations; development, supply, purchase, and commercial services agreements; nondisclosure agreements; mergers and acquisitions; and employment and severance agreements.

Prior to opening her own firm, Kristie was in the licensing group of the New York-based intellectual property firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP in Palo Alto, CA, which closed its doors in December 2003.

Kristie is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Georgia.

Education

Kristie is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received her J.D. in 1998, and a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she received a B.A summa cum laude in Political Science and Spanish in 1995. She also studied as an undergraduate student at the Universidad de Nebrissenssis in Madrid, Spain in 1993.

Business and Legal Affiliations

Kristie currently serves as Vice Chair of the Programs and VOIP Committees for the Science and Technology Law Section of the American Bar Association, Director of Life Sciences/Biotechnology for the NAWBO Silicon Valley Board of Directors, and co-chair of the Telecom and Intellectual Property Subcommittee for the California State Bar’s Cyberspace Committee of the Business Section. Kristie’s other service includes the Cyberspace Committee of the Business Law Section for both the American Bar Association, the Corporate IP Management Committee for the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the Fundraising Committee for the Entrepreneurs’ Network in Santa Clara, and the Life Sciences and Entrepreneur Venture Catalyst Program planning committees for the Women’s Technology Cluster in San Francisco, CA.

In addition, Kristie is a member of the Georgia State Bar Association, the International Technology Law Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives, and the Women’s High Tech coalition.

Kristie’s prior service includes chairing the Copyright Licensing Subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and co-chairing the 2006 Selma Moidel Smith Writing Competition for the National Association of Women Lawyers. She also served on the U.S. Copyright Law Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Languages

Kristie is fluent in both English and Spanish

Publications

Kristie is the author of Unlocking the Secrets to Executive Coaching published in the Women Lawyers Coaching published in the Women Lawyers Journal in Summer, 2005 and the co-author of When a Business Begins a Blog: It’s Easy but Is It Safe? published in the Business Law Today, Volume 16, Number 3, January-February 2007 and the Ruling Brings to Light DMCA’s Broad Scope published in the New York Law Journal on June 9, 2003. She also writes for the weekly “Ask a Lawyer” intellectual property column published on www.lawyers.com.

Media Interviews and Appearances

Kristie has been featured in multiple media interviews and appearances, which include CNN Radio, American Public Media, Dow Jones, and Sky Radio:

Interview, Sky Radio, Dennis Michael, Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Affecting the Biotech Industry,” June 26, 2007.
Interview, LexBlog, Rob LaGatta”Five Questions,” June 25, 2007.
Interview, American Public Media, Steve Tripoli, “Nuts & Bolts: The Basics of Building a Small Business,” June 20, 2007.
Interview, CNN Radio, Rahul Bali, AT&T v. NASCAR, June 18, 2007.
Interview, Dow Jones, John Letzing, “Tech Companies Pile on Patents, Complain About Clutter,” March 28, 2007.
Interview, Dow Jones, John Letzing, “Microsoft, Google Differ in Farming for Young Hearts and Minds, February 16, 2007.
Interview, ABA Journal eReport, G.M. Filisko, “A Different Foley Fracas: Foley & Lardner Agrees to Modify Brand to Settle Trademark Suit with Foley Hoag,” October 20, 2006.
Interview, BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report, Wendy Leibowitz “Open Source Issues Challenge Lawyers; Software Registration Rules May Be Revisited,” April 6, 2005.

Speaking Engagements

Kristie’s past speaking engagements include the following:

Speaker, “Recent Developments in Blog Law,” State Bar of California, Business Section Cyberspace Committee, Silicon Valley Capital Club (San Jose, CA), June 14, 2007.
Panelist, “Understanding the Acquisitions Process: How to use the Sale and Purchase of Assets to Grow Your Business,” Silicon Valley Capital Club Speaker Business Forum Luncheon (San Jose, CA), May 24, 2007.
Speaker, “Hottest Topics in Cyberspace: Cyberinsurance, Blogs, and On-Line Advertising”, Section Education Institute, State Bar of California, Claremont Resort and Spa (Berkeley, CA), January 20, 2007.
Panelist, “Understanding the Acquisitions Process: How to use the Sale and Purchase of Assets to Grow Your Business,” Sunnyvale Rotary Club, November 7, 2006.
Panelist, “Patent Protection/IP Strategy,” 2006 WTC Catalyst Program Life Sciences (Palo Alto), September 15, 2006.
Panelist “Understanding the Acquisitions Process: How to Use the Sale and Purchase of Assets to Grow Your Business” National Association of Women Business Owners, Silicon Valley Chapter (San Jose), July 18, 2006.
Panelist, “Who is Watching Out for Your In-House Career: How a Professional Coach Can Help You Gain the Edge,” Association of Corporate Counsel-America San Francisco Bay Chapter, May 25, 2006.
Program Chair, “Changing Face of Telecommunication (VOIP, WiFi),” International Technology Law Association, 35th Anniversary Annual Meeting and World Conference (San Francisco), May 5, 2006.
Panelist, “The Art of Telling Your Story Workshop,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce/ National Institute of Standards and Technology, Advanced Technology Program (San Jose), September 7, 2005.
Panelist, “IP Reps and Warranties Gone Wrong: Avoid Potholes in the Business Transaction,” ABA Business Section Meeting (Nashville), April 2, 2005.
Panelist, “Strategies for Modifying Electronic Standard-Form Agreements and Policies,” ABA Business Section Meeting (Nashville), April 1, 2005.
Speaker, “Protecting & Exploiting Software Conference,” Law Seminars International (San Francisco), August 5 – 6, 2004.
Panelist, “What You Need to Know about CAN-SPAM,” Santa Clara Bar Association and the California State Bar Cyberspace Committee (Palo Alto), June 8, 2004.

For more information about the firm’s practice, please check out our website at www.prinzlawoffice.com.

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