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McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC (MVS) Celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2024

We are thrilled to announce the 100th Anniversary of McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, a true milestone for our firm. The Firm started in July 1924 when Talbert Dick began his patent law practice at the Hippee Building (now known as the Surety Hotel) in downtown Des Moines. After his service as a World War I pilot, he chose to live and practice law in Des Moines. This patent law practice grew because of Dick’s ceaseless dedication to clients, and superior intellectual property counsel. Today, MVS continues this dedication to serving at the intersection of science and law as an internationally-recognized intellectual property law firm advising clients in 160 countries. Our clients are involved in a large range of technologies and industries, from simple to complex, and include individuals, family and small companies, venture-capital backed startups, Fortune 500 corporations, and major global research universities utilizing sophisticated technology transfer offices.

During our century of protecting inventors’ rights, our attorneys have filed and defended hundreds of patents that have improved lives across the globe. Our service to innovation has persisted through World Wars, the Great Depression, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, 9/11 attacks, the pandemic, and 17 presidents. Groundbreaking innovations have been made during this century, such as the invention of television, computers, the internet, electronic circuits, penicillin, vaccines, gene editing, space travel, and so much more. As we celebrate 100 years of service, we continue to represent our clients and their groundbreaking discoveries.

MVS is proud to be a part of the worldwide intellectual property law community while remaining rooted in the city of Des Moines. We look forward to serving our clients for the next 100 years and beyond. Stay connected to MVS for updates throughout 2024 as we continue our 100th year celebration. Follow us on LinkedIn at:


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professionals with STEM-related degrees
(7 engineering, 14 science including 4 master's, 1 pharmacist, 3 Ph.D.'s)

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