Mark D. Hansing

Mark counsels clients to devise business-oriented patent strategies. Mark specializes in prosecuting mechanical patents, electrical patents and business method patents.

Mark 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, when he joined McKee, Voorhees & Sease.

Mark is an adjunct professor of law with his alma mater, the University of Iowa College of Law.

  • Copyright and Media Law
  • Design Patents
  • Electrical Patents
  • International
  • Licensing
  • Mechanical Patents
  • Software & Business Methods Patents
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Academic Research and Technology Transfer
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agritech
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Consumer Products and Technology
  • Copyright, Media, Entertainment, And Branding
  • Financial Technology
  • Food and Beverage Technologies
  • Lighting
  • Medical Devices

Professional Associations

Iowa State Bar Association

  • Young Lawyers Division Executive Council, 1987-1993
  • Co-Chair of Human Needs Committee, 1990-1993
  • State-wide Board of Governors, 2008-2014

Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association

  • President, 1997

Legal Aid Society of Polk County

  • Board of Directors, 1999-2002

Polk County Bar Association

  • Board of Directors, 2002-2006 & 2008-present

Education

University of Iowa College of Law , J.D., 1981

Luther College, B.A., Physics and History, 1978

Publications & Presentations

Adjunct Instructor at University of Iowa College of Law, 2003-present.

ISBA Annual Meeting, “Trade Secrets”, 1990

ISBA Annual Anti-Trust and Trade Regulation Seminar, “Trademark Law”, 1992

National Farmer Inventor Congress, “Patents”, 1992

National Innovation Workshop, “Protecting Computer Software”, 1994

Bar & Court Admissions

Iowa State Bar, 1981

District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, 1981

Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1981

Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1983

U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1982

Possible Action on Reversing Recent Denial of Software, Business, and Medical Inventions as “Ineligible” for U.S. Patents

A progression of court decisions over the last decade, including from the United States Supreme Court, virtually eliminated patents on most software, business methods, medical testing and diagnosis innovations. For example, with respect to software-related innovations, if they (1) did not improve the functioning of computers (e.g. make them run faster) or (2) improve some […]

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Shoe Wars: Nike’s Use of Utility Patents Against Puma

The athletic shoe industry has seen many legal disputes. Intellectual property fights have included trademarks, copyrights, and design patents; all of which protect some aspect of the appearance of the shoes or the logos on the shoes. What is interesting about the recently filed Nike Inc. v. Puma North America Inc., Case No.1:18-cv-10876, in the […]

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