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Luke T. Mohrhauser

Luke is Managing Partner of the firm and Chair of MVS’s Mechanical and Electrical Practice Group. He has extensive experience for prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and Worldwide. Luke oversees the Firm’s U.S. Patent Filing Department, staying abreast to any changes and updates to patent law, both in the U.S. and internationally.

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’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 groups and associations to help build their business through IP, and enjoys helping start-ups understand the basics of IP.

Luke joined McKee, Voorhees, and Sease after graduating with honors from Creighton University School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. He has past work experience in manufacturing and agricultural and machine design.

  • 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

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

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

Renaissance Executive Forums (REF)


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

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

Publications & Presentations

Innovation in a Time of Need – An Employment Perspective – Part 2“, December 15, 2021, LinkedIn Post

Innovation in a Time of Need – An Employment Perspective – Part 1“, December 14, 2021, LinkedIn Post

“Mitigating Fear of IP Infringement Claims & Stopping Infringement of Your IP”, ABI Taking Care of Business Conference, Coralville, IA, June 9, 2021

“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,

“Federal Circuit Sets Limits on Precise Values Included in Claims”, LEXOLOGY,

“Questions Remain for Venue Considerations Post TC Heartland”, LEXOLOGY,

“Design Patents and Indefiniteness”,

“Patent Rights are NOT Monopoly Rights”,

Bar & Court Admissions

Iowa State Bar – 2009

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

In Memoriam – Bruce W. McKee

We are deeply saddened by the passing of a great friend and partner. Bruce was born on May 3, 1934, and grew up on a farm in Poweshiek County in Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1956 with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Engineering. After graduation, although recruited as an engineer by some […]

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USPTO Introduces New Tool to Help Creators Identify Their Intellectual Property

This is from a Press Release that was issued yesterday by the USPTO. Yesterday at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) event in Naples, Florida, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal announced the launch of the agency’s new […]

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IP is Everywhere!!!

We attend a lot of conferences and other events, and it is not uncommon to hear someone tell us, “Your job seems exciting, but we just don’t have any IP.” So, let’s step back. What is Intellectual Property (“IP”)? Isn’t it just Patents? No! There is so much more, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, […]

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Trademarks and the First Amendment: Bars v. TV Shows

A recent case out of the 11th Circuit (covering AL, GA, and FL) addressed the interplay between federal trademark laws and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but in a fun setting (trust me, IP law is fun). On the one side is the trademark owner for FLORA-BAMA trademarks and properties (MGFB). For those […]

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USPTO Continues Transition to Filing Patent Applications in DOCX

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues the push towards requiring all patent applications to be filed in DOCX format, instead of PDF, which is currently the case. Applicants would be able to still file in PDF format, but with an extra surcharge fee. As you recall, this was intended to go into […]

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USPTO Terminates Global Patent Prosecution Highway with Rospatent

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today, effective March 11, 2022, that it will no longer grant requests to participate in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) at the USPTO when such requests are based on work performed by Rospatent (Russian Patent Office) as an Office of Earlier Examination under the GPPH. […]

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Innovation in a Time of Need – An Employment Perspective – Part 2

In the previous post we talked about creating an environment that fosters innovation and encourages all employees at a company to participate in the process. This post will discuss protecting your innovation from other outside parties. Now that you have created an environment that fosters innovation and you are seeing the benefits of your new […]

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Innovation in a Time of Need – An Employment Perspective – Part 1

We have all heard the sayings, “Necessity Breeds Innovation” or “Crisis Breeds Innovation”. In recent times, there is plenty of necessity and crisis. Take, for instance, the issues facing many companies, including those in the manufacturing industry. At a recent conference, in conversations with clients, and in numerous articles, the same sentiment is provided – […]

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Starting the Clock on Basketball Whistle Patent Infringement

A recent patent infringement complaint in North Carolina illustrates how patents cover and help sporting events. While golf is the undeniable king of patents in the sports realm, with over 22,000 patents since 1976, other sports do see innovation and patenting as well. Take, for example, Michael J. Costabile’s inventions captured in U.S. Patent Nos. […]

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NIL and University Intellectual Property Controls

One issue that has not been greatly addressed with respect to student-athletes being able to monetize on their rights of publicity (i.e., name, image, and likeness – NIL) is how will universities and colleges monitor the use of their intellectual property (IP). Universities are very protective of their trademarks, copyrights, and any IP that is […]

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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” ( 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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