{ "channel": { "item": [ { "attorneyImage": "/web upload-Glenn Johnson v2.jpg", "extension": 5956, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "Glenn.Johnson@ipmvs.com", "id": 17713988, "postDate": "2020-01-27T00:00:00", "title": "Glenn Johnson", "slug": "glenn-johnson", "body": "\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eExperienced trial lawyer, including numerous jury trials in state and federal courts.\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eExperienced in multi district litigation proceedings in Federal courts.\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eRegistered Patent Lawyer, United States Patent and Trademark Office. \u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eDecades of experience working with business in operational, management, employment and intellectual property matters.\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eSubstantial business litigation experience in the areas of intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and right of publicity)\n and commercial \u0026amp; business disputes – i.e., contractual, regulatory, minority stockholder, employment, and other legal claims (Case List Available).\n \u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eCorporate representations have involved litigation throughout the United States, including practice before Federal Courts in California, Illinois,\n Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington DC; practice\n before the Eighth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal; practice before the United States Multi-District Litigation Panel; and practice\n before the Patent Trial \u0026amp; Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent \u0026amp; Trademark Office.\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eGlenn practices out of the MVS offices in Des Moines at 801 Grand Avenue, Suite 3200, Des Moines, IA, 50503 and in Cedar Rapids at 4056 Glass Road\n NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e", "cv": "/Glenn Johnson - CV v2.pdf", "vCard": "Glenn Johnson.vcf", "assistant": "Lisa Larbi-Siaw", "practiceAreas": [ "Mechanical Patents", "Design Patents", "Trademarks", "Litigation", "Licensing", "Trade Secrets", "Copyright and Media Law" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "/people/Julie Spieker_WebSized.jpg", "extension": 5939, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "julie.spieker@ipmvs.com", "id": 17451577, "postDate": "2019-09-19T00:00:00", "title": "Julie L. Spieker", "slug": "julie-l-spieker", "body": "\u003cp\u003eJulie L. Spieker is an Intellectual Property Attorney in the Biotechnology \u0026amp; Chemical Practice Group as well as the Mechanical and Electrical Practice\n Group. Julie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. She then worked in the semiconductor manufacturing\n industry doing research and development and process integration. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJulie attended Drake University Law School as a Dwight D. Opperman Scholar and graduated in 2019 with highest honors, Order of the Coif. While a member\n of the Drake University Law Review, Julie was awarded the Jeff Gilbert Memorial Writing Award. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "Julie_Spieker_CV.pdf", "vCard": "Julie L. Spieker.vcf", "assistant": "Amber Covington", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Chemical Patents", "Mechanical Patents" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "/people/Tina_WebSized.jpg", "extension": 5987, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "Tina.Yin-Sowatzke@ipmvs.com", "id": 16596878, "postDate": "2018-09-18T00:00:00", "title": "Tina G. Yin Sowatzke, Pharm.D.", "slug": "tina-g-yin-sowatzke", "body": "\u003cp\u003eTina G. Yin Sowatzke joined McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC after graduating with honors from Drake University Law School, with an Intellectual Property\n Certificate. Prior to graduating law school, Tina received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and graduated \u003cem\u003ecum laude\u003c/em\u003e from the Drake University\n College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile on rotations during her last year of pharmacy school, Tina had experiences in a variety of practice settings, including on the Medical Review team\n at a pharmaceutical company in the surrounding Chicago area. She then decided to focus her studies on intellectual property law with a focus on becoming\n a patent attorney. During law school, Tina continued to work as a pharmacist in a community pharmacy practice setting in the Des Moines area, counseling\n patients on medications and administering immunizations. She also clerked at a general practice firm in West Des Moines during law school, as well\n as at an intellectual property firm in Des Moines during the summer. Tina was recently nominated into the Blackstone American Inn of Court, and continues\n to be a member of the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, and the Iowa Pharmacy Association.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOutside of work, Tina enjoys traveling the world, visiting family with her husband, trying new restaurants, downhill skiing, and looking for opportunities\n to continue her musical interests, particularly with the oboe. Though not devoted to sports, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and\n supporting her Canadian roots during the Olympics.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Tina_YinSowatzke_CV.pdf", "vCard": "tina-g-yin-sowatzke.vcf", "assistant": "Donna Carter", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Chemical Patents" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "OliverCouture.jpg", "extension": 5981, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "oliver.couture@ipmvs.com", "id": 16050663, "postDate": "2018-02-05T00:00:00", "title": "Oliver P. Couture, Ph.D.", "slug": "oliver-p-couture-ph-d", "body": "\u003cp\u003eOliver joined McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, P.L.C. in August 2017 after graduating from George Mason University law school. Prior to law school, Oliver\n graduated \u003cem\u003emagna cum laude \u003c/em\u003ewith a B.S. degree from Drake University in Biology and Psychology, and a minor in Biochemistry. It was during his\n undergraduate years that he began performing research and studied the difference between hypertensive and normotensive resuscitation on the energy\n status of organs following severe hemorrhage. During and just following his undergraduate years, Oliver also worked for Pioneer Hybrid and Kemin Laboratories,\n assisting with various research projects and performing quality control. Following his undergraduate degree, Oliver attended Iowa State University\n as a Multidisciplinary Graduate Education Training Fellow and a Biotechnology Fellow. Oliver received a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Genetics,\n and received the Excellence in Research Award and Excellence in Teaching Award. His graduate work included research in the embryonic development of\n hindbrains in mice, the effects of feed restriction in pigs, and the innate immunity in pigs by utilizing various molecular and bioinformatic techniques.\n Following graduating, Oliver then started a postdoc at Midwestern University. His postdoc research was focused on studying the changes in expression\n and the mechanisms of control between normal cells and osteosarcomas. Oliver also helped to mentor students with a wide variety of backgrounds in research.\n \u003cp\u003eFollowing his years of research, Oliver then decided to attend law school to study patent law. He went to the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason\n University. There he focused on intellectual property. While at school, he spent one summer working at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein \u0026amp; Fox PLLC\n and another summer clerking for the Administrative Patent Judges on the Patent Trial and Appeals Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eWhile not working, Oliver enjoys traveling, kayaking, rafting, camping, and hiking. When he is not out exploring, he also enjoys grilling and cooking,\n especially Cajun, or catching a movie with friends.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "CoutureResume2017.pdf", "vCard": "oliver-p-couture.vcf", "assistant": "Meghan Johnson", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Chemical Patents" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "Cassie_websized_updated.jpg", "extension": 5937, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "cassie.edgar@ipmvs.com", "id": 16026375, "postDate": "2018-01-22T00:00:00", "title": "Cassie J. Edgar", "slug": "cassie-j-edgar", "body": "\u003cp\u003eCassie is a creative connector integrating people, science, and legal solutions to drive business growth. She is a scientist and a registered patent attorney\n with over a decade of experience in intellectual property, regulatory, licensing \u0026amp; corporate law, and IP due diligence. Cassie has global experience\n protecting IP and driving regulatory approvals in the areas of biotechnology and bioengineering from plants to animals, across agricultural and pharmaceutical\n applications.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePrior to joining MVS, Cassie was Chief IP \u0026amp; Regulatory Officer for Genus, PLC. Cassie joined Genus in September 2014 from Pioneer DuPont, where she\n served for 14 years in research, legal and management roles including IP Counsel, Senior Regulatory Counsel, and Director in the Agricultural Biotechnology\n group. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWith her direct scientific, IP, regulatory and business leadership experience, Cassie is able to advise clients in product life-cycle management. From\n discovery through post-product launch, including intellectual property, crisis management, compliance, stewardship, regulatory data package generation,\n lobbying, and obtaining regulatory permits and approvals with USDA, FDA, EPA, Cassie\u0027s experience is well equipped to answer your business questions\n and help fulfill your strategic business goals. Careful coordination of IP and regulatory strategies is critical for biotechnology products. Cassie’s\n unique background allows her to coordinate patent prosecution, patent marking, enforcement, licensing, freedom to operate, and IP litigation programs\n while keeping potential regulatory implications in mind. \u0026nbsp; \n \u003cimg src=\"https://ipmvs.com/images/cje-twitter.jpg?Action=thumbnail\u0026amp;algorithm=fill_proportional\u0026amp;width=200\u0026amp;height=400\" alt=\"Cassie J. Edgar\" title=\"Cassie J. Edgar\" class=\"img-thumbnail\" \"img-responsive\"=\"\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px; float: right;\" width=\"200\" height=\"400\"\u003e\n \u0026nbsp;\n \u003cbr /\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCassie is an active speaker on gene editing IP and regulatory issues. She is heavily involved in industry group policy and regulatory committees including\n IowaBio. Cassie is also a mentor for the Iowa Agritech Accelerator in Des Moines, and serves on the finance council for the Diocese of Des Moines.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCassie completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program, adding academic training to the global business perspective she brings having served\n as in-house counsel for U.S. and U.K. publicly traded companies. She holds a B.S. in Molecular Genetics with honors from The Ohio State University,\n an M.S. in Crop Science with an emphasis on Biomathematics from North Carolina State University, and obtained her law degree with honors from Drake\n University.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "cassie_edgar_cv_Jan2018-edit.pdf", "vCard": "cassie-j-edgar.vcf", "assistant": "Debra Fritz", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Chemical Patents", "Software and Business Methods Patents", "Licensing", "Regulatory Law" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "GregGunnerson.jpg", "extension": 5989, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "gregory.gunnerson@ipmvs.com", "id": 15603722, "postDate": "2017-10-27T00:00:00", "title": "Gregory Lars Gunnerson", "slug": "gregory-lars-gunnerson", "body": "\u003cp\u003eLars joined McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease PLC after graduating magna cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and receiving a Bachelor of Aerospace\n Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota. Lars is an original recipient of Mitchell Hamline’s Patent Law Certificate. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile completing his law degree, Lars competed in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition where he earned a scholarship from the Minnesota Intellectual\n Property Law Association; served as a Notes \u0026amp; Comments Editor for Cybaris®, an Intellectual Property Law Review; served as a Research Assistant\n to Professor R. Carl Moy; served as Vice President of Mitchell Hamline’s Student Intellectual Property Law Association; and prosecuted patent applications\n as a certified Student Attorney through Mitchell Hamline’s Intellectual Property Law Clinic.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLars is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2014), in Minnesota (2017), and in Iowa (2018). Before coming to MVS,\n Lars gained valuable experience at the USPTO drafting office actions as a Summer Extern in USPTO Art Unit 2837, which relates to musical technologies\n and inductors.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMuch of Lars’s practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting utility patent applications and design patent applications in the firm’s Mechanical and Electrical\n Practice Group.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAn avid fan of sports, Lars roots for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers.\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Gregory Lars Gunnerson - Work CV.pdf", "vCard": "gregory-lars-gunnerson.vcf", "assistant": "Marna Falcone", "practiceAreas": [ "Electrical Patents", "Mechanical Patents", "Design Patents", "Software and Business Methods Patents", "Trademarks" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "SarahDickhut.jpg", "extension": 5914, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "sarah.dickhut@ipmvs.com", "id": 15503445, "postDate": "2017-09-29T00:00:00", "title": "Sarah M. Luth", "slug": "sarah-m-dickhut", "body": "\u003cp\u003eSarah’s practice is focused on representing clients in patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation and compliance issues. Her practice primarily\n relates to chemical and biotechnology patent prosecution, plant patents and plant breeders’ rights, complex patent portfolio management, and data privacy/cybersecurity\n advising. Sarah represents clients within the United States and internationally, with patent prosecution experience in over 20 countries. She further\n handles all phases of litigation including legal analysis, motion practice, discovery, and settlement preparation. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBefore joining McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, Sarah worked for the University of Iowa’s Technology Transfer Office, the University of Iowa Research Foundation\n (UIRF), where she conducted market and legal analyses of emerging technologies and worked with University inventors seeking to commercialize their\n work. Her experience at the UIRF developed her ability to understand IP valuation for infant technologies as part of portfolio management, and furthered\n her understanding of inventors’ needs in securing intellectual property protection for their technologies.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "Sarah_M._Dickhut_CV_03132019.pdf", "vCard": "sarah-m-dickhut.vcf", "assistant": "Marna Falcone", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Chemical Patents", "Trademarks", "Litigation", "Trade Secrets" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "Patricia.jpg", "extension": 5942, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "patricia.sweeney@ipmvs.com", "id": 13458624, "postDate": "2016-09-09T00:00:00", "title": "Patricia A. Sweeney - Of Counsel", "slug": "patricia-a-sweeney", "body": "\u003cp\u003ePat Sweeney is an Intellectual Property Attorney with over 30 years experience in obtaining patent protection and counseling clients on intellectual property\n matters. Since 1986, she has worked with clients ranging from small start-up companies to multinational corporations in the biological science field\n through development of intellectual property strategy, building patent portfolios and prosecuting patents, competitive analysis, licensing and other\n transactional intellectual property matters. Her experience includes the fields of biotechnology, plant biology, agriculture, biofuels, veterinary\n and human biologics. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePat was the first female patent attorney in Iowa, beginning her practice at the firm in 1985. She then joined Pioneer Hi-Bred International as Intellectual\n Property Counsel and became Chief Patent Counsel before returning to private practice. After graduating from law school, Pat was law clerk for the\n Chief Judge of the Iowa Appeals Court followed by working as an assistant county attorney. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePat was awarded her law degree, with honors, Order of the Coif, from Drake University Law School and has a double major in Botany and Journalism from Iowa\n State University. She is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. Pat was recognized as a Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney\n in Des Moines, Iowa by Super Lawyers in 2018.\u0026nbsp;\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Pat_Sweeney_Resume.pdf", "vCard": "patricia-a-sweeney.vcf", "assistant": "Debra Fritz", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Licensing" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "Nick_Krob.jpg", "extension": 5979, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "nicholas.krob@ipmvs.com", "id": 13458586, "postDate": "2016-09-09T00:00:00", "title": "Nicholas J. Krob", "slug": "nicholas-j-krob", "body": "\u003cp\u003eNicholas J. Krob joined McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease in 2016 after working as a judicial law clerk for the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa. He is a member\n of the firm\u0027s Litigation Department and practices a variety of areas including trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and intellectual property licensing.\n \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNicholas graduated \u003cem\u003esumma cum laude\u003c/em\u003e from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Sociology, and Criminology,\n and a minor in Politics and Law. He attended Drake University Law School as a Dwight D. Opperman Scholar and graduated with high honors in 2015. Nicholas\n was awarded the Drake Law School Alumni Service Award at the 2019 Drake Law School Supreme Court Celebration.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile in law school, Nicholas was a staff member of the \u003cem\u003eDrake Law Review\u003c/em\u003e and a member of the Drake Law School Intellectual Property Moot Court\n team. He focused his legal study on intellectual property, earning a certificate in Global Intellectual Property and serving as a research assistant\n for Drake Law School professors and Intellectual Property Center directors Shontavia Johnson and Peter Yu. His student note addressing trademark law\n in the context of keyword advertising was published in Volume 63 of the \u003cem\u003eDrake Law Review\u003c/em\u003e.\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Nicholas_Krob_CV.PDF", "vCard": "nicholas-j-krob.vcf", "assistant": "Marna Falcone", "practiceAreas": [ "Trademarks", "Litigation", "Licensing", "Trade Secrets", "Copyright and Media Law" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "Brandon C.jpg", "extension": 5961, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "brandon.clark@ipmvs.com", "id": 11360931, "postDate": "2015-07-01T00:00:00", "title": "Brandon W. Clark", "slug": "brandon-w-clark", "body": "\u003cp\u003eBrandon W. Clark is an intellectual property attorney whose primary focus is on music industry transactions, copyrights, and entertainment law. Brandon\u0027s\n practice also includes work in the areas of trademarks, licensing, contracts, multimedia law, sponsorship and endorsements, and right of privacy/publicity\n issues. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBrandon\u0027s clients include artists, songwriters, producers, record labels, publishing companies, recording studios, actors, authors, visual artists, clothing\n companies, film production companies, multimedia creators, auto racing entities, and a broad range of other individuals and organizations. He is an\n avid musician that has played hundreds of shows in at least eight different countries. Brandon worked at both record labels and music publishing companies\n before joining McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC in 2015 as Chair of the firm\u0027s Copyright, Entertainment, and Media Law Practice Group.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBrandon teaches Copyright Law at Drake University Law School and is an Adjunct Professor of Music Business at Drake University. Additionally, he is a member\n of The Recording Academy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Des Moines Social Club, the Iowa Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and Station\n 1 Records, a non-profit record label. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn his own words, Brandon likes weekends with nothing to do, southern accents, art, confidence, old cars, horn sections, motorcycles, ping pong, people\n that have a passion for something, big families, march madness, open minds, sushi, childhood innocence, go-karts, and a couple of other things.\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Brandon_Clark.pdf", "vCard": "brandon-w-clark.vcf", "assistant": "Lisa Larbi-Siaw", "practiceAreas": [ "Trademarks", "Litigation", "Licensing", "Trade Secrets", "Copyright and Media Law" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "Jonathan.jpg", "extension": 5927, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "jonathan.kennedy@ipmvs.com", "id": 7477702, "postDate": "2014-12-11T00:00:00", "title": "Jonathan L. Kennedy", "slug": "jonathan-l-kennedy", "body": "\u003cp\u003eJonathan\u0027s technical training is in chemistry. Adding to his background is a Master\u0027s degree in Bioethics where he focused his research and writing on\n the ethics of technological regulation at the federal level. His practice is in intellectual property law, including, patents, trademarks, copyrights,\n and trade secrets. Jonathan\u0027s patent practice focuses on inventions related to chemistry, nanotechnology, and materials science. Example industries\n that he routinely prepares and prosecutes patent applications in include the energy, medical, and cleaning industries. Representative clients that\n Jonathan has worked for include Fortune 500 companies, universities, start-ups, and individual inventors. Jonathan also actively litigates intellectual\n property lawsuits with experience in state and federal courts. Jonathan has argued at the Federal Circuit and before multiple USPTO panels. Jonathan’s\n litigation experience includes examination of witnesses at a federal jury trial, arguing evidentiary motions and objections at federal trial, motion\n practice in both state and federal courts, including claim construction, complex evidentiary issues, summary judgment, and post-trial briefing. He\n also actively represents clients in filing and prosecuting trademark applications before the USPTO. He is the Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association\n IP Section Council (2017 - 2019) and served as the Division Chair for the American Chemical Society\u0027s Division of Chemistry and the Law in 2018. Jonathan\n has been recognized by Best Lawyers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 for his work in trademark law. \u003cspan style=\"font-size: 11px;\"\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJonathan joined McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease as an Associate Attorney in September 2012 and is currently a Member of the Firm as of 2019. During law school,\n Jonathan was Research Editor for Volume 60 of Drake Law Review, served as a junior staff member of Drake Law Review, was Vice President of Drake Law\n School\u0027s Intellectual Property Law Society, was a member of Drake Law School\u0027s Intellectual Property Moot Court Team, and was a Research Assistant\n to Visiting Professor Miguel Schor. He had the honor of publishing his student note addressing a federal circuit split relating to copyright registration\n timing in Volume 60 of Drake Law Review.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen he is not at work, Jonathan can typically be found having fun with his wife and two children. He greatly enjoys a good cup of coffee.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "Jonathan Kennedy_CV_2-12-19.pdf", "vCard": "jonathan-l-kennedy.vcf", "assistant": "Lisa Larbi-Siaw", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Chemical Patents", "Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Patents", "Trademarks", "Litigation", "Trade Secrets", "Copyright and Media Law" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "LukeMohrhauser.jpg", "extension": 5934, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "luke.mohrhauser@ipmvs.com", "id": 7477699, "postDate": "2014-12-11T00:00:00", "title": "Luke T. Mohrhauser", "slug": "luke-t-mohrhauser", "body": "\u003cp\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eLuke\u0027s practice includes all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and licensing. Luke specializes in patent prosecution\n in the mechanical, electrical, software, and business method arts on a global scale. Luke aims to grow companies\u0027 and individual\u0027s patent portfolios\n through advising clients and building a strong business relationship centered upon growth and success.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eLuke is the Co-Chair of MVS\u0027s Mechanical and Electrical Practice Group and has extensive experience for prosecuting patent applications in the U.S.\n and Worldwide. Luke oversees the Firm’s U.S. and Foreign Patent Filing Departments, staying abreast to any changes and updates to patent law, both\n in the U.S. and internationally.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eLuke’s client base includes varying sizes, from individual innovators to Fortune 500 companies, handling the legal services for clients of varying\n specialties, industries, and technologies. This includes crafting strategies for fostering and capturing innovation, such as by setting up IP policies,\n meeting with engineers and other inventors, collaborating with executives to determine IP paths, developing competitive landscapes, and providing\n additional value-added benefits. Working with CEOs, senior-level executives, in-house counsel, engineers, and even solo inventors has given Luke\n the skills to develop his expertise as a patent attorney and to provide advice and strategy for any situation.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eLuke is an active supporter of economic development and growth in the State of Iowa. He is a mentor in the \u003ca href=\"https://agiowa.com/\"\u003eIowa AgriTech Accelerator\u003c/a\u003e program, \"a mentor-led accelerator focused on AgTech innovations\", and enjoys helping startups understand the basics of intellectual property.\n Luke is also active in the \u003ca href=\"https://www.iowaabi.org/\"\u003eIowa Association of Business and Industry\u003c/a\u003e, helping to educate and grow Iowa businesses.\n In addition, Luke is the current (2019) President of the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association, a non-profit organization formed in 1989 to\n promote the development of intellectual property law in Iowa and enhance the professionalism of its members.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eLuke T. Mohrhauser joined McKee, Voorhees, and Sease after graduating with honors from Creighton University School of Law in 2009. Prior to that, he\n clerked at the Firm while studying at Creighton. His received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. He\n has past work experience in manufacturing and agricultural and paving machine design. Luke is admitted to practice in Iowa and is registered to\n practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Luke Mohrhauser_CV_11-12-15.pdf", "vCard": "luke-t-mohrhauser.vcf", "assistant": "Dee Bradshaw", "practiceAreas": [ "Electrical Patents", "Mechanical Patents", "Design Patents", "Software and Business Methods Patents", "Trademarks", "Licensing" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "JillL.jpg", "extension": 5929, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "jill.link@ipmvs.com", "id": 7476197, "postDate": "2014-12-10T00:00:00", "title": "Jill N. Link, Pharm.D.", "slug": "jill-n-link-pharmd", "body": "\u003cp\u003eJill received her doctorate degree in pharmacy with honors from the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (with undergraduate emphasis\n in chemistry). While practicing as a hospital pharmacist, Jill continued her education at Drake University completing her law degree with high honors\n and graduating as a member of the Order of Barristers and the Agricultural Law Journal. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJill\u0027s practice includes all areas of intellectual property, with an emphasis on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the firm\u0027s Biotechnology\n and Chemical Practice Group. Jill has filed over 200 hundred U. S. patent applications in the chemical and life sciences areas, and her practice includes\n both U. S. and international patent management. Much of Jill\u0027s patent prosecution work is in the field of water, hygiene and energy technologies to\n provide chemical products for food service, food processing, healthcare, industrial, and oil and gas markets. Jill works with numerous universities\n throughout the country through their technology transfer programs to protect various chemical and life science technologies. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJill’s practice also includes complex licensing, collaborations and other transfers and sales of property to help clients monetize innovations. Jill’s\n licensing experience spans across various technologies, with an emphasis in agriculture. She has over a decade of experience working with multi-national\n companies, start-ups, joint ventures, and numerous universities throughout the country. Her experience includes both domestic and cross-border transactions.\n Jill is the Chairwoman of the Firm’s Licensing Practice Group.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJill is actively involved in organizations relating to her practice to stay up-to-date with the latest in technology and trends. Organizations include\n the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA),\n the American Bar Association (ABA), the Polk County Women Attorneys (PCWA), the Iowa State Bar Association, IowaBio, Drake Law School Board of Counselors\n (2018-2020), and the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Jill is a founding member of and the 2019 Chair for the LES Iowa Chapter. Jill is also a proud\n member of ChIPs, a nonprofit organization that advances and connects women in technology, law and policy.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRecognized from 2017-2019 by IP Stars (a legal directory published by Managing Intellectual Property) for her “in-depth work and for spending time at board\n meetings for her clients to be considered part of the \u0027inner sanctum of various companies,\u0027” Jill emphasizes working closely with clients to develop\n and implement intellectual property strategies tailored to individualized outcomes while remaining cost-effective. She places a high value on the development\n of client relationships to fully understand each client\u0027s business and what success looks like on a transaction-by-transaction or asset-by-asset basis.\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Jill_Link_5-22-19.pdf", "vCard": "jill-n-link-pharmd.vcf", "assistant": "Donna Carter", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Chemical Patents", "Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Patents", "Licensing" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "Christine.jpg", "extension": 5928, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "christine.lebron-dykeman@ipmvs.com", "id": 7475985, "postDate": "2014-12-10T00:00:00", "title": "Christine Lebron-Dykeman", "slug": "christine-lebron-dykeman", "body": "\u003cp\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eChristine is the head of MVS\u0027s Trademark Department. Christine specializes in national and international trademark protection and intellectual property\n litigation. She litigates trademark/trade dress infringement, patent infringement, unfair competition, counterfeiting, and cyber-squatting cases\n before state and federal district court, and has successfully argued appeals before the Federal, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. She\n also manages U. S. and foreign oppositions and cancellations, and domain name disputes. \u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eChristine\u0027s cases have included litigation of trademarks and trade dress in the fields of food and beverage, personal care products, arts and entertainment,\n banking, medical, industrial, consumer electronics and software, and patents directed to seed genetics, agricultural devices, and natural health\n products. \u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eChristine also regularly counsels clients regarding trademark matters, including conducting national and international trademark clearance searches,\n registering trademarks, service marks, and trade dress, managing trademark portfolios, protection efforts, and advising clients on licensing arrangements.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003ePrior to joining MVS, Christine worked as an associate at Morrison \u0026amp; Foerster and a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Pratt in the\n Southern District of Iowa. She graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of law, obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith\n College, and is licensed to practice in Iowa, Massachusetts and California. \u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eOutside the office, Christine is an adjunct Trademark Law and IP Litigation Law professor at Drake University Law School.She also serves on the Foundation\n Board of Iowa Legal Aid, and on Iowa Legal Aid\u0027s Equal Justice After Hours committee and she belongs to Polk County Women\u0027s Bar Association, through\n which she volunteers in a book club at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "Christine Lebron-Dykeman Resume Oct. 2018.pdf", "vCard": "christine-lebron-dykeman.vcf", "assistant": "Amber Covington", "practiceAreas": [ "Trademarks", "Litigation", "Licensing", "Trade Secrets" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "MikeG.jpg", "extension": 5919, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "mike.gilchrist@ipmvs.com", "id": 7475984, "postDate": "2014-12-10T00:00:00", "title": "Michael C. Gilchrist - Of Counsel", "slug": "michael-c-gilchrist", "body": "\u003cp\u003e\n \u003cp\u003ePracticing since 1995, Mike worked both within private practice and as in-house counsel at a Fortune 500 financial company before joining MVS in 2009.\n Mike\u0027s practice focuses primarily on protecting his clients\u0027 mechanical and financial service innovations by writing reader-friendly patent applications,\n shepherding those applications through the Patent Office, and maximizing the value of issued patents through enforcement, licensing, and sales.\n \u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eMike also participates in appeals and trials at the United States Patent and Trademark Office including Covered Business Method Review, Supplemental\n Examination, Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination, and Trademark Oppositions and Cancellations. Mike recently successfully appealed the Patent\n Office’s rejection of claims in a utility patent application that resulted in a precedential decision by the Federal Circuit vacating the rejection.\n \u003ca href=\"http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/17-1486.Opinion.5-30-2018.1.pdf\"\u003eIn re Durance\u003c/a\u003e, 891 F.3d 991 (Fed.\n Cir. 2018). This is one of only four such results at the Federal Circuit since 2016.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eMike is a past president of the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association and a chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Iowa State Bar Association.\n Mike coaches the Drake University Law School Intellectual Property Moot Court Team.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "Mike Gilchrist - CV_5-20-11.pdf", "vCard": "michael-c-gilchrist.vcf", "assistant": "Meghan Johnson", "practiceAreas": [ "Electrical Patents", "Mechanical Patents", "Design Patents", "Software and Business Methods Patents", "Trademarks", "Litigation", "Licensing", "Trade Secrets" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "Heidi.jpg", "extension": 5935, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "heidi.nebel@ipmvs.com", "id": 7475981, "postDate": "2014-12-10T00:00:00", "title": "Heidi S. Nebel", "slug": "heidi-s-nebel", "body": "\u003cp\u003eHeidi is an Intellectual Property attorney with over 25 years of experience obtaining patents and designing IP strategy in the areas of biotechnology,\n chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Heidi is the Chair of the Biotechnology \u0026amp; Chemical practice group and is also the Managing Member of the Firm. She\n serves as an advocate for her clients and believes that the best results come from working in close association with the U. S. Patent and Trademark\n Office examiners. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi participated in the seminal United States Supreme Court case, \u003cem\u003ePioneer v. J. E. M. Ag Supply\u003c/em\u003e, 534 U. S. 124 (2001), which confirmed the availability\n of utility patent protection for plants.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi S. Nebel obtained patent 6,136,320 entitled VACCINES EXPRESSED IN PLANTS cited in MIT\u0027s Technology Review magazine as “one of five patents that will\n transform business and technology”. The technology involved engineering plants to express various bacterial and viral antigens so that upon consumption\n of the resultant animal food product, an animal would become immunized.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrom 2004 - 2009, Heidi led the MVS team in a strategic Alliance with Pioneer Hi-Bred International/DuPont. The Alliance involved a novel partnership where\n MVS attorneys attended monthly business strategy meetings and became educated on long range intellectual property goals of the company. The strategic\n alliance relationship included a monthly fixed fee in exchange for becoming the exclusive firm for all outside patent work for Pioneer Hi-Bred International/DuPont.\n This involved all technology areas for Pioneer Hi-Bred, and of course, focused primarily on patents in the plant area involving germplasm patents,\n transgenic protocols, genetically modified plants for both input and out traits, male sterility and many others. This was a great opportunity to provide\n value added service to one the firm\u0027s largest clients.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi also prepared and prosecuted US patent number 10,308,947 METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR MULTIPLEX RNA GUIDED GENOME EDITING AND OTHER RNA TECHNOLOGIES\n for Dr. Yinong Yang from Penn State University. The groundbreaking technology involves methods to highly increase gene editing efficiency in plants\n and animals. The technology has been widely adapted with over 30 peer review journal publications to date and has been exclusively licensed to Monsanto\n for use in their product development pipeline.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn early May 2019, Heidi worked with New West Genetics to file an application for one of the first PVP Certificates for AOSCA-certified hemp seed variety\n approved for by the 2018 Farm Bill. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAgricultural patents in the animal area also form a large part of her practice including animal vaccines, gene editing, and sex selection. Heidi joined\n the firm in 1991, serves on the firm\u0027s management committee and is the chairperson of the Biotechnology/Chemical Practice Group. She manages several\n of the firm\u0027s largest clients and guides client teams to focus on overall business strategies around a solid intellectual property foundation. Heidi\n also enjoys being an advocate of biotechnology, speaking around the country on important issues in the field.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi is actively involved in the Association of University Technology Managers where she has served on the Board of the Midwest Region for four years\n and has presented at meetings over the past 15 years. Heidi is rated as AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer\n review rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Heidi was recently appointed by the United States Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the USDA\n PVP Advisory Board, to help shape the country’s IP policy for plants. Her clients include over 40 universities and research institutions, as well as\n fortune 500 companies around the world. Heidi is also an active member of ChIPs, a nonprofit organization that advances and connects women in technology,\n law and policy. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePublications and Presentations by Heidi S. Nebel include: \u003c/b\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\"Appeals Before the Federal Circuit\", Practicing Law Institute Seminar on Patent Litigation (Co-authored with Tom Arnold), Fall 1990.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Intellectual Property Protection for Biotechnology”, Iowa Commerce Magazine, January 1996.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Patenting and Sequencing the Genome”, Chapter 8 of Intellectual Property Rights and Patenting in Animal Breeding and Genetics (Co-authored with Lila\n A.T. Akrad and Tonya Y. Brady), October 2002.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“BUSINESS BASICS: Understanding Patent Law”, December 2004.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Growing Biotechnology in Iowa”, Iowa Biotechnology Association, September 2004.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Intellectual Property Myths Debunked!”, Greater Des Moines Partnership, April 2007.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Defining the Inventor”, AUTM Central Region Meeting, July 2007.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Keeping Your Rights Shipshape: Inventorship, Authorship and Ownership”, AUTM Central Region Meeting, July 2007.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“US Patent System Under Reform, A Boon or Bust for Innovation?”, AUTM webinar, September 2008.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“It Is My Idea, I Think?” Iowa Farm Bureau, January 2009.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Patenting Wheat Varieties and Gene Innovations”, National Wheat Quality Council, May 2013.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“IP Protection of Plants”, Drake Law School Midwest IP Symposium Spring CLE, March 25, 2016.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Protection for Biotechnology\", South Dakota State University Internal Presentation, April 28, 2016.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eDes Moines Women of Influence Awards, March 2017.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“\u003cspan\u003eWhat\u0027s Hot in Crops: Key Issues in Agriculture”, AUTM Crop Productivity Partnering Forum, September, 2017.\u003c/span\u003e \u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"IP, Regulatory, \u0026amp; Tax\", Iowa Biotechnology Association Legal Symposium, November 2017.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/span\u003e \u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eDes Moines Women of Influence Awards March 2018.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“The Current State of Intellectual Property: A Broad-Spectrum Conversation”, The Conversation: AUTM Leadership Forum (Presented with the Honorable\n Paul Michel, Former Chief Justice, United States Court of Appeals for the federal Circuit), September 2018.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n \u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e“Plant IP and Key Issues” NuTech Ventures, May 23, 2019.\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003e\u003cem\u003eUpcoming\u003c/em\u003e “In the Weeds: Navigating Cannabis-based Research Opportunities and IP Protection in the Federal Prohibition World\", AUTM Central,\n July 2019.\u0026nbsp; \u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "Heidi Nebel_CV.pdf", "vCard": "heidi-s-nebel.vcf", "assistant": "Michelle Rushing", "practiceAreas": [ "Biotechnology Patents", "Chemical Patents", "Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Patents", "Trademarks" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "KirkH.jpg", "extension": 5922, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "kirk.hartung@ipmvs.com", "id": 7474123, "postDate": "2014-12-08T00:00:00", "title": "Kirk M. Hartung", "slug": "kirk-m-hartung", "body": "\u003cp\u003eKirk specializes in patent protection for agricultural implements, consumer appliances, medical devices and equipment, sports products, and mechanical\n inventions, as well as infringement analysis, strategic positioning, trademark protection, trade secret and copyright evaluations, and related matters.\n Services include patentability analysis, patent prosecution, patent infringement analysis, and trademark advice and registration. He also provides\n litigation support on all intellectual property issues. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKirk received a degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. Kirk joined McKee,\n Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease in 1982. He is a patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKirk has written and published a number of articles and law reviews on intellectual property law and speaks across the world on important intellectual\n property issues. He was the Chair of the Advisory Board (2017-2019) for \u003ca href=\"http://www.leguslaw.com/\"\u003eLEGUS International Network Of Law Firms\u003c/a\u003e with over 70 law firm members around the globe.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eCivically minded, Kirk has been actively involved in the Des Moines YMCA Camp Board of Managers since 1982 and has been a Chair of the Board twice.\n He\u0027s currently a Board Member for the Highland Memory Gardens; Des Moines YMCA Camp Annual Campaign Chair; and the University of Iowa College of\n Law Annual Campaign. Previously, he\u0027s been a Past Chair, Co-Chair, or Board Member in the following organizations: the Iowa State Bar Association\n Young Lawyers Division, Saydel Community School District, Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association, Iowa State Bar Association Intellectual Property\n Law Section, Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting Committee, Iowa State Bar Associate Quality of Life Task Force, Des Moines YMCA Camp Capital\n Campaign, Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines YMCA Camp Annual Campaign , the University of Iowa College of Law Annual Campaign, and the Iowa State\n University Alumni Marching Band. Kirk is also a Co-Founder of the Iowa State University Alumni Band.\u003c/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003eKirk enjoys volunteering and has been recognized for his time and talent given to our community, including the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers\n Division Award of Merit, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines Service to Youth Award, the Iowa State University Alumni Band Noteworthy Service Award,\n the Des Moines YMCA Camp Annual Campaign Spirit Award, and has been two-time Des Moines YMCA Camp Volunteer of the Year.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Kirk Hartung_CV.pdf", "vCard": "kirk-m-hartung.vcf", "assistant": "Meghan Johnson", "practiceAreas": [ "Mechanical Patents", "Design Patents", "Trademarks", "Copyright and Media Law" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "MarkH.jpg", "extension": 5921, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "mark.hansing@ipmvs.com", "id": 7473219, "postDate": "2014-12-05T00:00:00", "title": "Mark D. Hansing", "slug": "mark-d-hansing", "body": "\u003cp\u003eMark counsels clients to devise business-oriented patent strategies. Mark specializes in prosecuting mechanical patents, electrical patents and business\n method patents.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMark earned a dual degree in physics and history from Luther College. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1981,\n when he joined McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMark is an adjunct professor of law with his alma mater, the University of Iowa College of Law.\u003c/p\u003e", "cv": "Mark Hansing_ CV_5-20-11.pdf", "vCard": "mark-d-hansing.vcf", "assistant": "Debra Fritz", "practiceAreas": [ "Electrical Patents", "Mechanical Patents", "Design Patents", "Software and Business Methods Patents", "Trademarks", "Copyright and Media Law" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "EdS.jpg", "extension": 5941, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "ed.sease@ipmvs.com", "id": 7473216, "postDate": "2014-12-05T00:00:00", "title": "Edmund J. Sease", "slug": "edmund-j-sease", "body": "\u003cp\u003eEd is a trial lawyer with over 50 years of experience litigating intellectual property cases before judges and juries throughout the country. Ed is equally\n adept as an appellate lawyer and prosecutor. He has represented clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and argued before\n the Supreme Court of the United States in a precedent-setting case shaping the law of utility patents for plants. Ed\u0027s clients appreciate his skills\n in patent prosecution, including appeals. Ed was recognized by his peers and Best Lawyers in 2020 as \"Lawyer of the Year\" for his work in intellectual\n property litigation and patent law. (Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with a \"Lawyer of the Year\" designation.)\n \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEd holds a degree in chemistry and graduated Order of the Coif from Drake University Law School in 1967, where today he is an adjunct professor. He has\n taught copyright, trademark and patent law and courses in intellectual property litigation. He was the Interim Director of the Drake Intellectual Property\n Law Center in 2015 and 2016. Ed has also taught Patent Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "EJS-CV revised 11-6-15.pdf", "vCard": "edmund-j-sease.vcf", "assistant": "Dee Bradshaw", "practiceAreas": [ "Chemical Patents", "Trademarks", "Litigation", "Trade Secrets" ] }, { "attorneyImage": "BruceM.jpg", "extension": 5933, "type": "attorneys", "emailAddress": "bruce.mckee@ipmvs.com", "id": 7473215, "postDate": "2014-12-05T00:00:00", "title": "Bruce W. McKee", "slug": "bruce-w-mckee", "body": "\u003cp\u003eBruce has been developing custom intellectual property strategies for his clients since 1962; however, his career in patent and trademark law began in\n 1956. After earning his degree in engineering from Iowa State University, Bruce attended American University in Washington, D.C. to study law. He also\n worked as a USPTO patent examiner until graduating in 1959. Bruce then served as an assistant staff judge advocate at the US Air Force Logistics Command,\n headquarters, Dayton, Ohio, until 1962.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToday, Bruce is one of the firm\u0027s three named partners. He specializes in patent and trademark matters with a particular focus on international trademark\n issues for major corporations, medical devices, and mechanical patents. Bruce has been recognized by Best Lawyers in 2020 for his work in trademark\n law and patent law.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e", "cv": "Bruce McKee.pdf", "vCard": "bruce-w-mckee.vcf", "assistant": "Amber Covington", "practiceAreas": [ "Mechanical Patents", "Design Patents", "Trademarks" ] } ] } }