Luke T. Mohrhauser

Luke’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and licensing. Luke specializes in patent prosecution in the mechanical, electrical, software, and business method arts on a global scale. Luke aims to grow companies’ and individual’s patent portfolios through advising clients and building a strong business relationship centered upon growth and success.

Luke is the Co-Chair of MVS’s Mechanical and Electrical Practice Group and has extensive experience for prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. 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 in the U.S. and internationally.

Luke’s client base includes varying sizes, from individual innovators to Fortune 500 companies, handling the legal services for clients of varying specialties, industries, and technologies. This includes crafting strategies for fostering and capturing innovation, such as by setting up IP policies, meeting with engineers and other inventors, collaborating with executives to determine IP paths, developing competitive landscapes, and providing additional value-added benefits. Working with CEOs, senior-level executives, in-house counsel, engineers, and even solo inventors has given Luke the skills to develop his expertise as a patent attorney and to provide advice and strategy for any situation.

Luke is an active supporter of economic development and growth in the State of Iowa. He is a mentor in the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator program, “a mentor-led accelerator focused on AgTech innovations”, and enjoys helping startups understand the basics of intellectual property. Luke is also active in the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, helping to educate and grow Iowa businesses. In addition, Luke is the current (2019) President of the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association, a non-profit organization formed in 1989 to promote the development of intellectual property law in Iowa and enhance the professionalism of its members.

Luke T. Mohrhauser joined McKee, Voorhees, and Sease after graduating with honors from Creighton University School of Law in 2009. Prior to that, he clerked at the Firm while studying at Creighton. His received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. He has past work experience in manufacturing and agricultural and paving machine design. Luke is admitted to practice in Iowa and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Design Patents
  • Electrical Patents
  • International
  • Licensing
  • Mechanical Patents
  • Software & Business Methods Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Academic Research and Technology Transfer
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agritech
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Consumer Products and Technology
  • Financial Technology
  • Food and Beverage Technologies
  • Lighting
  • Medical Devices

Professional Associations

Iowa State Bar Association

Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Polk County Bar Association

American Bar Association-IP Division

Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Education

Creighton University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2009

Iowa State University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2005

Publications & Presentations

“Fostering and Capturing Innovation in Manufacturing and R&D”, ABI Advanced Manufacturing Conference, Altoona, IA, October 2, 2019

“USPTO to Require U.S. Licensed Attorney for Trademarks”, LEXOLOGY, https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=ced13d28-f8bf-4991-9289-faebcb67b2bd

“Federal Circuit Sets Limits on Precise Values Included in Claims”, LEXOLOGY, https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=6646f3f5-c648-4d19-bcf3-adda578dfd01

“Questions Remain for Venue Considerations Post TC Heartland”, LEXOLOGY, https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=b5cbda06-cc71-48bf-9efe-8cc15e6ac1eb

“Design Patents and Indefiniteness”, https://www.filewrapper.com/filewrapper/design-patents-and-indefiniteness?filewrapper=true

“Patent Rights are NOT Monopoly Rights”, https://www.iowaabi.org/news/blog/patent-rights-are-not-monopoly-rights/

Bar & Court Admissions

Iowa State Bar – 2009

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – 2010, Registration No. 67,188

USPTO to Provide a Deferred-Fee Provisional Patent Application Pilot Program

In yet another effort to encourage innovation to combat COVID-19, the United States Patent and Trademark Office recently announced a pilot program that attempts to expedite the protection and disclosure of innovations. The pilot program, titled “Deferred-Fee Provisional Patent Application Pilot Program and Collaboration Database to Encourage Inventions Related to COVID-19”, allows inventors to file […]

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Patents 4 Partnerships Marketplace

The USPTO recently rolled out a new IP Marketplace Platform called “Patents 4 Partnerships” (https://developer.uspto.gov/ipmarketplace/search/patents). According to a press release and information released by the USPTO, the marketplace is an attempt to bring together those who have technologies and want to make them available for licensing and those who have an interest in and the […]

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USPTO To Require U.S. Licensed Attorney for Trademarks

On July 2, 2019, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) released a rule related to foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings. The rule, which takes effect on August 3, 2019, states that all foreign-domiciled parties must be represented at the USPTO by an attorney who […]

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Federal Circuit Sets Limits on Precise Values Included in Claims

The Federal Circuit recently reversed a decision of the United States District Court for the Easter District, overturning an award of damages and decision of infringement in a case between rival boat makers, Brunswick Corp. and Cobalt Boats. In doing so, the Court decided that the claims included precise values without any qualifying terms, and […]

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Questions Remain for Venue Considerations Post TC Heartland

A recent decision in a patent infringement case involving John Deere suing both AGCO Corporation and its subsidiary, Precision Planting LLC, in the District of Delaware illustrates that not all answers from the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision of TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Grp. Brands LLC are clear. The TC Heartland decision included, in […]

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Design Patents and Indefiniteness

            In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit addressed indefiniteness and enablement issues under 35 U.S.C. § 112 as they apply to design patent applications. In In re: Ron Maatita, the court held that two-dimensional drawings in design patents can meet the definiteness and enablement requirements under § 112, and that the determination includes, at […]

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Patent Rights are NOT Monopoly Rights

There has been a long believed and conveyed statement that patent rights provide a “legal monopoly”. While this may be a simple way to explain the rights held by one issued patent, this is simply not true. Monopolies, at their core, attempt to control a market or an aspect of a market. Patents provide protection […]

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