Alina Morris focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark counseling, clearance, filing, prosecution, registration, maintenance, enforcement, defense, and portfolio management. A former trademark examining attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alina leverages her insider expertise with the trademark application and registration process to help clients register their marks and protect their brands. Alina also handles disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, commercial litigation, copyright matters, domain name disputes, licensing, and business agreements. Additionally, Alina provides expert witness analysis and opinions in matters related to trademark examination and registration.

Alina has substantial experience serving the business needs of clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, individuals, and nonprofits, across a broad range of industries, including software, ecommerce, publishing, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, consumer products, energy drinks, and apparel.

Alina regularly presents programs on trademark, copyright and domain name protection, participating in programs hosted by local and national organizations, including the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the International Trademark Association (INTA).  Alina currently serves on INTA’s Government Officials Training Committee.  She is an ex officio member of the board of directors for the Seattle IP Inn of Court.  Alina was named a "Rising Star" in 2015 – 2017 by Super Lawyers.

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  • Professional Experience

    • Christensen O'Connor Johnson KindnessPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 2012 – present
    • Invicta Law Group, PLLC
      Seattle, WA, 2011 – 2012
    • Amazon.com, Inc.
      Seattle, WA, 2010 – 2011
    • Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
      Irvine, CA, 2006 – 2010
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office
      Alexandria, VA, 2005 – 2006
    • Smith and Metalitz, LLP
      Law Clerk, Washington, D.C., 2003 – 2004
  • Professional Affiliations

    • International Trademark Association (INTA)
      Government Officials Training Committee
    • Seattle IP Inn of Court
  • Presentations & Publications

    Presentations

    • “Branding Strategies In the Age of Digital Globalization,” Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Institute, panelist; (Seattle, WA, April 2018).
    • Social Media Policies and Risk Management, Williams Kastner, Labor and Employment Seminar; (Seattle, WA, November 2016).
    • “IP Basics: Considerations for Innovators - Trademark and Copyright,” Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness; (Seattle, WA, November 2015).
    • “Intellectual Property: From Fundamentals to Enforcement,” Seattle University School of Law, Summer Practice Academy; (Seattle, WA, July 2015 - 2017).
    • “More Than Merely Descriptive: Anticipating, Answering, Amending and Accepting Trademark Act Section 2(e) Refusals,” International Trademark Association Annual Meeting; moderator (San Diego, CA, May 2015 and Orlando, FL, May 2016).
    • “Non-Traditional Marks,” Mexican Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AMPPI); (Mexico City, MX, March 2015).
    • “Protecting Your Intellectual Property – Branding Basics,” Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness; (Seattle, WA, November 2014).
    • “Non-Traditional Marks: A Survey,” King County Bar Association;
      (Seattle, WA, February 2014).
    • “IP for the Rest of Us,” Washington State Bar Association;
      (Spokane, WA, February 2014).
    • “Non-Traditional Marks,” and, “The Madrid Protocol,” as panelist; International Trademark Association/Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial Examiner Training (Mexico City, MX, November 2013).
    • “Intellectual Property for the Rest of Us: IP for the Non-IP Attorney,” Washington State Bar Association; (Seattle, WA, September 2013).
    • “Protecting Your Intellectual Property,” Northwest Entrepreneur Network;
      (Seattle, WA, July 2013).
    • “The Seven Dirty Words You Can't Register as a Trademark: Scandalous and Immoral Matter,” International Trademark Association Annual Meeting; moderator (Dallas, TX,  May 2013).
    • “Five IP Pitfalls for Startups: And How To Avoid Them,” Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness; (Seattle, WA, September 2012).
    • “Intellectual Property Fundamentals for the Business and Transactional Attorney,” Washington State Bar Association; (Seattle, WA, September 2012).

     

     

Education

    • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2004
    • B.A. Political Science, Boston College, 2001
    • Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris / Sciences Po Paris, Certificat d'Études Politiques, 2000

Bar & Court Admissions

    • Washington State Bar
    • State Bar of California
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • Virginia State Bar
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