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The Intellectual propery law firm, Zarley, McKee, Thomte, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. announced that Don Zarley and Dennis Thomte are separating from the firm as of December 31 and the firm will change its name to McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. as of that date.’Don bought a small law practice in the 1960’s and together we, and our other partners and associates, have grown it to be one of the top intellectual property law firms in the country, ‘ said Mike Voorhees, the firm’s managing partner. ‘At this point in his career, Don has decided that he is ready for a new challenge and we wish him well. We will continue to pursue excellence in the areas of patent and intellectual property law.’Thomte ran the firm’s Omaha office and his departure was a mutual decision. There are no plans to re-open an office in Omaha.’We do work for clients throughout the United States and in over 80 countries abroad. Our location is simply not an issue and there’s no need to incur the expense of two separate offices, ‘ Voorhees explained.The law firm, which was originally founded in the 1920’s has always been focused on intellectual property law. Recent noteworthy cases include:A Supreme Court case win for Pioneer Hi-Bred. This seminal case holds that plants and seeds are patentable and indicates intention for broad subject matter available for patent. (Lead counsel – Ed Sease)Defended Audi in a copyright infringement case with a favorable jury verdict. (Lead Counsel – Ed Sease)Received a verdict against Land O’Lakes for patent infringement and willfulness of approximately three million dollars. (Lead counsel – Ed Sease)McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. will remain in their office space at 801 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The departure of the two partners will not impact the productivity or the profitability of the firm.

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