Kristi Kuhnert

Professional Experience

Kristi Kuhnert, PLLC
Owner/Attorney (February 2011 – Present)
Engage outside firms as a contractual attorney
Cultivate new individual inventor clients
Perform strategic analysis to determine the optimal course of action for each project on my docket
Prepare provisional patent applications to be submitted to the United States Patent Office (USPTO) 
Perform preliminary intellectual property search prior to preparing provisional patent applications 
Prosecute U.S. patents including examiner interviews and office action responses

Lee & Hayes, PLLC — Spokane, WA
Attorney (October 2006 – February 2011) 
Prepared provisional patent applications to be submitted to the United States Patent Office (USPTO) 
Performed preliminary intellectual property search prior to preparing provisional patent applications 
Completed prosecution of U.S. patents and foreign filings including examiner interviews, office action responses, and working with foreign counsel. 
Opinion work 
Received Rookie of the Year award for 2007

Kolisch Hartwell — Portland, OR
Summer Law Clerk (Summer 2006)
Prepared provisional patent applications to be submitted to the United States Patent Office (USPTO)
Responded to office actions received from the USPTO
Amended claims in rejected patent applications

Gonzaga University Legal Assistance — Spokane, WA
Intern (June 2005 – December 2005)
Worked with low income tax clients to manage their accounts
Dealt directly with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Drafted legal documents as well as correspondence to submit to the IRS and the client

Crystal Springs Water Company — Kent, WA
Quality Specialist (October 2003 – July 2004)
Managed quality control and assurance for manufacturing department
Created and implemented the Hazardous Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the food safety and principle program for the manufacturing department
Developed and maintained company training program for the manufacturing department

Virbac — St. Louis, MO
Senior Research Chemist (September 2001 – August 2003)
Managed analytical laboratory for the Research and Development of animal pharmaceutical products
Supervised Research and Development team including two junior level chemists
Member of hiring committee for both Research and Development and the Quality Control department

Pascal Dental Pharmaceutical — Bellevue, WA
Lead Chemist / Production Technician (March 1997 – August 2001)
Reviewed and maintained completed production paperwork upon release of finished product
Served as contact for the Canadian Government consultants to help ensure continued sales of our products in their country

Education

Gonzaga University School of Law — Spokane, WA
J.D., May 2007
Activities: Intellectual Property Club, Client Counseling Competition, Saul Lefkowitz Trademark and Unfair Competition Moot Court Team

University of Washington — Seattle, WA
B.S. Chemistry, March 1997

Admissions

Washington State Bar
United States Patent and Trademark Office