Kristen M. Hoover is an intellectual property attorney at McCarthy Lebit. Ms. Hoover’s practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, as well as copyright registration, trade secrets and general intellectual property protection. Ms. Hoover handles both domestic and international intellectual property matters. She advises clients on patent and trademark enforcement and infringement issues, prepares advisory opinions on patent and trademark matters, performs IP audits, drafts and addresses cease and desist letters, and handles inter partes trademark proceedings such as oppositions and cancellations.

Ms. Hoover also works on contractual matters related to intellectual property, including assignments, licenses, non-disclosure agreements, and technology agreements. While her specialty is biomedical engineering, Ms. Hoover’s work covers a variety of areas of technology including biomedical, mechanical, automotive, electronic, software, and consumer products.

Ms. Hoover earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Akron School of Law concentrating in Intellectual Property. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Certificate in Business Administration from Saint Louis University. While attending Saint Louis University, Ms. Hoover served as president of the Society of Women Engineers and is still currently a member. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a national co-ed service fraternity.

Ms. Hoover is a native of the Cleveland area and community service continues to be an important way for her to be an involved and active member of her community. She is currently the Vice-President of the Ballet in the City Board and a Director for the Ingenuity Cleveland Board. Additionally, she is a CLE Ambassador through the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.


  • Saint Louis University
    • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering
    • Certificate in Business Administration
  • University of Akron School of Law
    • Juris Doctor with a focus in Intellectual Property


  • Ohio
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • LadderDown Graduate 2019
  • Akron Bar Association Leadership Academy Graduate 2018
  • Akron Bar Association, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Ingenuity Cleveland, Board Member, Secretary
  • Ballet in the City, Honorary Board Member
  • Society of Women Engineers, Member and Past Chapter President, Scholarship Judge
  • Ohio Invention League, Competition Judge
  • National History Day, Competition Judge
  • Joshua Stow NSDAR, Chapter Vice Regent
  • Ohio State Society DAR, Vice Chair of the Volunteer Information Specialists Committee
  • Playhouse Partners, Member
  • Alpha Phi Omega, Member


  • "What You Need to Know About the Trademark Modernization Act," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, June 2021
  • "Did Led Zeppelin Rip Off Its Iconic Song, Stairway to Heaven?," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, November 2020
  • "Intellectual Property and the Cannabis Industry," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, November 2018
  • "Does the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Affect My Business?," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, May 2018
  • "To Open Source or Not to Open Source…," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, September 2017
  • "Identify your intellectual property or risk losing it," Smart Business Magazine, July 2017
  • "Can You Print That?," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, May 2017
  • "Zombie Trademarks: What to Know When Dealing with the Undead," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, October 2016
  • "Trade Secrets: What Businesses Should Know," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, August 2016
  • "Name That Tune," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, August 2016
  • "The Secret of Trade Secrets," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, May 2016
  • "How Will You Celebrate World IP Day?," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, April 2016
  • "Identifying Your Company’s Intellectual Property," McCarthy Lebit IP Blog, April 2015


  • Small Business Law, Aviatra, May 15, 2017
  • Small Business Law, The Dealership, February 22, 2017
  • Intellectual Property for Small Businesses, Bad Girl Ventures Explore Session, January 12, 2017
  • Launchpad Roundtable Discussion, August 14, 2015
  • 17th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy: IP Issues for Small and Emerging Businesses Panel, March 9, 2015
  • Engine of Ingenuity Summit: Unlikely Conversations – Intellectual Property and Open Source Panel, September 27, 2014

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