Larina Alton, a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is a dedicated and versatile business trial attorney with experience in every aspect of intellectual property (IP) practice. Larina is deeply familiar with patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret laws, and draws from her nationwide appearances in federal courts in helping her clients assess their business rights. As a seasoned attorney working exclusively on business-to-business disputes, negotiations, and competitive positioning, she also assists clients in a nonlitigation consulting role.
Larina has led litigation in federal courts throughout the country, managing every aspect of large scale, bet-the-company disputes between direct business competitors. These matters have involved complex disputes related to, for example, contracts, unfair competition, antitrust, patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising, trade dress, trade secret, and consumer rights. Larina’s practice is especially distinguished by superior experience and repeated success representing patent owners and patent challengers in inter partes review proceedings, a contested administrative trial before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which plays a vital role in any patent litigation. To date, Larina has appeared in more than 20 such proceedings without a trial loss, representing both clients who own patents and those challenging a patent's validity.
Larina’s IP knowledge extends to trademark filings, including registrations, oppositions, and petitions to cancel. She regularly counsels her clients in all aspects of their product development and branding initiatives. Her trademark, trade dress, and copyright experience includes large scale litigation between competing product developers. This litigation experience informs her thoughtful advice to clients regarding the competitive advantages, risks, and costs of seeking or enforcing their intellectual-property rights.
A former clerk of the Minnesota Court of Appeals to the Honorable David Minge, Larina is also experienced in appellate matters, having successfully handled numerous arguments before the Federal Circuit and as primary draftsman of appellate briefing in both State and Federal appellate courts.
Prior to joining Maslon, Larina developed her vibrant private practice at AM Law 100 and boutique IP firms. She has maintained a well-earned reputation for providing fast, efficient, and thorough client service. She was included in 2018 and 2019 on the Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List, which recognizes practitioners who are among the top talent in their respective litigation communities in the U.S. & Canada. Larina has also been recognized on the Minnesota Super Lawyers® list in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, and was on the Minnesota Super Lawyers® Rising Stars List from 2017 to 2019. She is also on the Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, 2018-2022.