Julie L. Spieker

Julie L. Spieker is an Intellectual Property Attorney in the Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group as well as the Mechanical and Electrical Practice Group. Julie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. She then worked in the semiconductor manufacturing industry doing research and development and process integration.

Julie 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 of the Drake University Law Review, Julie was awarded the Jeff Gilbert Memorial Writing Award.

  • Biotechnology Patents
  • Chemical Patents
  • Electrical Patents
  • Mechanical Patents
  • Software & Business Methods Patents
  • Academic Research and Technology Transfer
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agritech
  • Chemistry, Material Sciences, and Nanotechnology
  • Consumer Products and Technology
  • Food and Beverage Technologies
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharma and Nutra
  • Plant Breeding and Plant-Related Technology

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

AUTM (FKA, Association of University Technology Managers)


Drake University Law School, J.D., with High Honors, May 2019

Iowa State University, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Dec. 1998

Publications & Presentations

“New Type of Dummy Layout Pattern to Control ILD Etch Rate” Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, Vol. 6798 (2007).

“IP Post-Brexit: What Does the ‘FEUture’ Hold?”, Filewrapper (www.ipmvs.com), Nov. 6 2019.

Bar and Court Admissions

Iowa State Bar, 2019

United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2019

Awards and Recognition

Drake University, Dean’s List (all semesters)

Drake University, Order of the Coif

Drake University, Dwight D. Opperman Scholarship

ALI Excellence for the Future Award – Family Law

CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Wills and Trusts

CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Copyright Law

Drake Law Review, Jeff Gilbert Memorial Writing Award recipient

Drake Law Review, Junior Staff

Drake University, 2017 First Year Oral Argument (FYOA) – Finalist

Iowa State University, Omega Chi Epsilon

Iowa State University, Golden Key National Honorary Society

Iowa State University, Alpha Lambda Delta

Iowa State University, Phi Eta Sigma


US Copyright Office Issues Best Practices to Reduce Unclaimed Royalties

As directed by the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), on Thursday, July 8, 2021, the US Copyright Office (the “Office”) released a public report to recommend best practices for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (“MLC”) to effectively match copyright owners with unclaimed royalties for musical works, and ultimately reduce the incidence of unclaimed royalties. Unclaimed royalties are […]

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Clearly using “clear” for Non-Transparent Goods is Deceptively Misdescriptive.

Dolce Vita Footware, Inc. sought registration of the mark CLEAR for various bags, purses, wallets, and card cases – excluding transparent goods. The Examiner refused registration on the grounds that it is deceptively misdescriptive and on April 29, 2021 the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “TTAB”) affirmed. In its original registration, Dolce Vita identified […]

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Federal Circuit Revives SynQor Patent

On February 22, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that SynQor’s US Patent No. 7,072,190 was unpatentable. SynQor’s ‘190 patent relates to technology that converts DC current from one voltage to another for use in large computer systems and data communication equipment. […]

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“Naked” at the Federal Circuit

On December 4, 2020, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) denied petitions by Naked TM, LLC for a panel rehearing and a rehearing en banc of the decision in Australian Therapeutics Supplies Pty. Ltd. v. Naked TM, LLC, 965 F.3D 1370 (Fed. Cir. 2020). The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board […]

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Dropbox’s Patents Invalidated for Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter

On June 19, 2020 The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (hereinafter the “Federal Circuit”) affirmed a district court’s ruling that Dropbox’s three patents claim abstract ideas and further provide no inventive concept transforming the abstract idea into patentable subject matter. Dropbox and their wholly owned subsidiary, Orcinus Holdings, (hereinafter referred to […]

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Fish Hook Claims Can’t Catch a Patent

On April 24, 2020, The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) held that claims concerning a method for fishing, specifically that of selecting a fishing hook based on observed water conditions, are directed to an abstract idea. According to 35 U.S.C. § 101, “[w]homever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, […]

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UK to Back Out of the UPC

Last year, this blog brought news of the impending Brexit vote and the supposed impact of Brexit on intellectual property laws in the UK. Brexit was thought to have largely no effect on patent law because European and UK patents are governed by the European Patent Convention (EPC) which is a non-EU agreement. Further, the European Patent […]

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IP Post-Brexit: What Does the “FEUture” hold?

On December 12, the United Kingdom (UK) will hold a general election, in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to secure a clear majority so as not to lose the prospect of Brexit after failing to leave the European Union (EU) by the end of October as previously promised. Currently, Johnson enjoys a healthy lead […]

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