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Cheryl L. Burbach

Cheryl L. Burbach

Overland Park, Kansas
(913) 232-5037
(913) 647-9057

Cheryl has extensive experience in the field of trademarks, copyrights, and related intellectual property matters. For several years, Cheryl has identified by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the Top 250 Women in IP and has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for several years in a row. Her business counseling practice has involved a wide range of issues involving trademark clearance searches, trademark application prosecution, and assistance in legal matters broadly concerning branding, social media, marketing, and licensing. She is uniquely qualified to counsel clients on managing international trademark portfolios intellectual property policies and agreements that maximize their rights and protect their assets.

Cheryl has conducted litigation at all stages in federal courts around the U.S., and regularly practices before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. She also represents clients in domain name dispute proceedings before the World Intellectual Property Organization and National Arbitration Forum. Further, Cheryl is a certified mediator and is registered with both the United States District Court of Kansas and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

She is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Association of Intellectual Property Firms. She is also a member of the Internet Committee for the International Trademark Association.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2003

Areas of Practice

  • Trademark Prosecution, Licensing, Litigation
  • Copyrights

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediation, The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, University of MO , 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1999
  • Kansas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1999


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Juris Doctor - 1999
    • Law Review: UMKC Law Review, Staff, 1997 - 1999
  • Washburn University
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1993
    • Major: English and Political Science


  • "Trademarks and Patents: Where to Start”, Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 2017
  • "Trademark Session Global Trademark Update”, Association of Intellectual Property Firms Annual Meeting, September 2017
  • "2017 Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rule Changes", Assn of Intellectual Property Firms, 2017
  • "Top 20 TTAB Rules in 20 Minutes", Lawyers' Assn of Kansas City, 2017
  • Speaker "Beyond the Science: Overlooked IP for Life Sciences", Global Entrepreneurship Week with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, November 2015
  • Speaker "Essentials of Intellectual Property Law”, Missouri Bar Association, July 2015
  • Speaker “Effective Office Action Responses & Discovery Conferences in TTAB Proceedings”, Association of Intellectual Property Firms, July 2015
  • Speaker “2x4s Are for Houses, 5x10s Are for Lawyers! – Basics of 5 Areas in 10 Minutes Each (DUI, Family Law, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property and Personal Injury)”, June 2015
  • Speaker "Emerging IP Issues", Missouri Bar Association, January 2012
  • Speaker "Fair Use or Foul Play? Keeping your social media campaign on the right side of intellectual property law", Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, March 2011
  • Speaker "Welcome to the Wild, Wild Web: Protecting Your Brand from Online Rustlers", Kansas Bar Association, April 2011
  • Speaker, “Protect and Serve: Navigating Trademarks for Your Clients”, Kansas Bar, January 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2017
  • Top 250 Women in IP, as acknowledged by Managing Intellectual Property, 2015 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Generic Top-Level Domain Subcommittee of the Internet Committee, 2010 - 2014
  • Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), Vice Chair, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee, 2010 - 2012
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA), Member, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee
  • Missouri Bar Association (MoBar)
  • Missouri Bar Association (MoBar), Member, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee
  • Kansas Women's Business Center
  • Johnson County Bar Association, 2014 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Shughart Thomson & Kilroy P.C., Member, 2000 - 2003
  • Litman McMahon & Brown, Associate, 1999 - 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, 2005 - Present


  • English