Sarah M.D. Luth

Sarah’s practice is focused on representing clients in patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation and compliance issues. Her practice primarily relates to chemical and biotechnology patent prosecution, plant patents and plant breeders’ rights, complex patent portfolio management, and data privacy/cybersecurity advising. Sarah represents clients within the United States and internationally, with patent prosecution experience in over 20 countries. She further handles all phases of litigation including legal analysis, motion practice, discovery, and settlement preparation.

Before joining McKee, Voorhees & Sease, Sarah worked for the University of Iowa’s Technology Transfer Office, the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF), where she conducted market and legal analyses of emerging technologies and worked with University inventors seeking to commercialize their work. Her experience at the UIRF developed her ability to understand IP valuation for infant technologies as part of portfolio management, and furthered her understanding of inventors’ needs in securing intellectual property protection for their technologies.

  • Biotechnology Patents
  • Chemical Patents
  • Copyright and Media Law
  • International
  • Litigation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Academic Research and Technology Transfer
  • Agritech
  • Chemistry, Material Sciences, and Nanotechnology
  • Consumer Products and Technology
  • Copyright, Media, Entertainment, And Branding
  • Food and Beverage Technologies
  • Pharma and Nutra

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

Polk County Women Attorneys


University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with high distinction, 2017

  • Dean’s Award in International Intellectual Property, Business Associations, Contracts, Criminal Law, Topics in Criminal Law Practice and the Jurisprudence Award in the Iowa Medical Innovation Group Seminar

University of Iowa, M.A., Philosophy, 2017

Loras College, B.S., Biological Research & Philosophy, cum laude, 2013


“Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the United Kingdom: A Proposal for Moderate GMO Regulations Post-Brexit and an Opportunity in Genetically Modified Wheat,” Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Vol. 22, No. 3 (2017).

“Complex Patent Litigation: Limiting Length, Limiting Intricacy,” St. Thomas Journal of Complex Litigation, Vol. 4 (2017).

“Ethical and Procedural Barriers to Accessing Critical Pharmaceutical Products via the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement,” The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2017).

“The Effects of Herbicides Atrazine and Glyphosate on Cell Density and Relative Chlorophyll α Fluorescence of Chlorophyta and Bacillariophyta,” Loras College Publication (2013).


Cybersecurity and Intellectual Property Protection, Iowa State Bar Association, eCommerce and Intellectual Property Law Seminar (Nov. 2018).

 A Cause of Action for Negligent Interference with the Right to Access Critical Medicines in Least-Developed Countries, The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Philosophy Department (Apr. 2017).

Bar & Court Admissions


S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa

S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa

United States Patent & Trademark Office

Fungal Fashion: Mycelium ‘Leather’

Cultivation of fungi has occurred for thousands of years. Evidence of fermented beverages using yeast dates back to as early as 7000 BCE. In the modern era, fungi are commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry, food and beverage industry, plastics industry, and others. The fashion industry is increasingly seeking methods of making and incorporating sustainable […]

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“Now is the Time to Explore Big New Ideas:” Iowa Business Leaders Encourage Innovation, Resilience, in a Time of Uncertainty

The COVID-19 pandemic created and continues to create unprecedented levels of economic disruption in local and international communities. With so much uncertainty, business owners and entrepreneurs may feel the safest course of action is to minimize operations and delay expansion plans. In fact, they should do precisely the opposite, says Debi Durham, Director of the […]

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“T” is for Tesla and Trademark

Elon Musk recently revealed that his company “Tesla” was almost branded “Faraday.” On December 1, Musk tweeted “Tesla was almost called Faraday, as [the] original holder of Tesla Motors trademark refused to sell it to us!” When another Twitter user asked how Tesla eventually got the rights to the name, Musk responded “We sent the nicest […]

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If You Pop, You Better Stop

In the latest battle of branding, the Italian government has confiscated approximately 250 tubes of the “Prosecco & Pink Peppercorn” flavored Pringles from several grocery stores in the Veneto region. The Prosecco flavored Pringles were seized on the grounds that the use of the term “Prosecco” was allegedly not approved by the wine’s consortium of […]

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“The” Ohio State Tries to Trademark the Word “THE”

On August 8, 2019 The Ohio State University filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the word mark “THE” to be used in connection with clothing, namely “t-shirts, baseball caps and hats.” Unlike Ohio State’s other trademark applications, which cover the phrase “The Ohio State University” as a whole, […]

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10 Data Privacy and Security Practices Your Business Should Adopt

Data privacy and cybersecurity practices are becoming increasingly important in view of new legislation, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as well as the increasing sophistication of hackers and bad actors. Between 2000 and 2017, cybercrime and breaches of privacy impacted more than 4 million individuals. Cybercrime […]

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How to Prevent Theft of Your Corporate Intellectual Property in the Era of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Intellectual property (IP) theft of corporate intellectual property can have significant ramifications for businesses and other entities. Corporate IP includes a variety of assets, such as patented technologies, trade secrets, copyrighted information and marketing materials, marketing and pricing plans, customer and partner data, and business reputation. IP assets play a valuable role in a business’s […]

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Burger King Ribs McDonald’s After Loss of ‘Big Mac’ Trademark in the E.U.

In mid-January of 2019, McDonald’s lost its rights to the trademark ‘Big Mac’ in a European case which ruled in favor of an Irish fast food chain, Supermac’s. Supermac’s, founded in 1978 by Gaelic football player Pat McDonagh, offers a burger called the ‘Mighty Mac’. McDonald’s asserted that the ‘Mighty Mac’, along with other Supermac’s […]

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Ground Control to Robot Tom: Will U.S. Aerospace Corporations Move Into Unmanned Aerial Systems Innovation?

Earlier this month the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing regarding the emergence of new aerospace technologies—particularly Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) — and how they can be incorporated into existing airspace systems. As unmanned aerospace innovation grows, regulatory agencies correspondingly must consider how to […]

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CRISPR Technologies: Overcoming Patentability Challenges in an Increasingly Difficult Patent Landscape

The term “CRISPR,” which is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, generally refers to RNA-guided genome editing technology used to engineer the genetic material of organisms with high accuracy and precision. It has wide applications in a variety of fields including genetics, biology, agriculture, medicine, and digital data storage, to name a […]

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Patent Eligibility of Bioinformatics Innovations

Bioinformatics has increasingly become of interest in the last decade. Bioinformatics generally refers to the use of computational methods used to compile, analyze, visualize effects, and predict trends or outcomes for oftentimes large data sets. Bioinformatics tools can be applied to gene regulation, immunology, drug repositioning, drug identification, and virtually any other application where a […]

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The Future of GMOs in the UK Post-Brexit

Following the United Kingdom triggering its formal exit from the European Union, negotiations regarding the details of the exit and the following transition period have begun. As one could expect, this negotiation process has brought to light underlying tensions between the UK and the EU. These tensions recently reached a peak when earlier this month […]

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