Katja Loeffelholz

Of Counsel

  • Biography

    Katja Loeffelholz is a Registered Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Katja’s practice focuses on counseling and representing clients on all aspects of trademark, trade dress, copyright and related issues. Katja’s experience covers all aspects of these areas of law, including practice before the USPTO, counseling on protection, licensing and acquisition of intellectual property, and enforcement matters. She also advises clients on the adoption and availability of trademarks and service marks both domestically and internationally. Katja is also licensed to practice as a patent attorney before the USPTO.

  • Education
    • J.D., University of South Carolina, School of Law (1995)
    • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles (1990)
    • A.A., Spanish, Napa Valley College (2018)
    • A.A., Art History, Napa Valley College (2022)
  • Writings and Presentations
    • “Turning Your Green Brand into Green Cash”, Wine Business Monthly, Fall 2023
    • Speaker, Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic, University of San Francisco’s School of Law, October 11, 2023
    • Speaker, “Techin’ Over” on NFTs the Metaverse and Artificial Intelligence, International Trademark Association TMAP, October 2, 2023
    • Speaker, Intellectual Property Summer Institute on “Wine and Geographic Indications”, Franklin Pierce School of Law, June 9, 2023
    • Speaker, “Intellectual Property Aspects of Wine Labels”, American Intellectual Property Law Association, May 10, 2023
    • Speaker, JBEL Symposium on “The Developing Landscape of the Wine & Alcohol Industry”, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, April 7, 2023
    • Speaker, Intellectual Property Law Society on “Protecting Fermented Grapes”, Notre Dame School of Law, April 5, 2023
    • On-line Presenter, “Pitfalls of Branding,” USPTO’s Women Innovators in the Wine World, March 24, 2021
    • Speaker, “International Trademark Protection for Wine Brands,” Napa Valley Vintners at COPIA, December 6, 2019
    • Guest Lecturer, “Intellectual Property for the Wine Industry,” Sonoma State Wine MBA Program, July 26, 2019
    • Guest Lecturer, “Intellectual Property for the Wine Industry” and “Bias in the Legal Profession and Wine Industry,” Wine Law class at University of California, Davis, February 27, 2015 Download Article Download Article
    • Guest Lecturer, “Intellectual Property for the Wine Industry” and “Bias in the Legal Profession and Wine Industry,” Wine Law class at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo,  February 26, 2015 Download Article Download Article
    • Panel Chair, Addressing Bias in the Legal Profession and Wine Industry, Best Practices in Winery Operations Seminar
      May 28, 2014
    • “What’s trending, how to capture it,” Practical Winery & Vineyard, 
      February 2014 – Download Article
    • Speaker, Intellectual Property Issues in the Wine Industry, Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo Wine and Viticulture Department,
      November 4, 2013
    • “Protecting Intellectual Property in Your Brand,” Beverage Trade Network,
      November 11, 2013
    • “How to Protect Your Wine, Spirits or Beer Brand Trademark in China,” Beverage Trade Network,
      October 28, 2013
    • Speaker, Trademark Protection for Wine Brands in China, Second Annual Exporting Wine to China Seminar,
      October 16, 2013
    • Speaker, Trademarking Your Vineyard, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, 2011
    • “Starting a Virtual Brand,” Wine Business Monthly, 2009
    • Speaker, Trademarking Your Vineyard, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, 2008
    • “How to Protect Your Wine’s Packaging,” Wine Business Monthly, 2005
  • Associations
    • International Trademark Association (INTA),
      Unreal Campaign Committee Member (2022 – present)
      Public Information Committee Member (2017 – 2021)
      Geographic Indications Committee Member (2012 – 2016)
    • California Bar Association,
      Member of Intellectual Property Subcommittee
    • Napa County Bar Association,
    • Napa County Women Lawyers, Member
    • Women for WineSense, Former Board Member
    • Yountville Chamber of Commerce, Former President
    • Yountville’s Tourism Improvement District Board, Former member
    • New Tech Foundation, Former Board Member
    • Arts Council Napa Valley, General Counsel and Former President