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Kyle J. Mendenhall

Kyle J. Mendenhall

Overland Park, Kansas
(913) 647-9057

Kyle joined Hovey Williams as a clerk in 2012. Now an associate, his practice primarily focuses on U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution in the chemical, biotech, and mechanical fields.

During law school, Kyle served as an intern for the Honorable Mark S. Cady, Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. He also interned for the State Appellate Defender's Office, where he argued in front of the Iowa Court of Appeals and prepared appellate briefs for submission to the Iowa Supreme Court.

As an undergraduate, Kyle worked as a research assistant for the University of Kansas, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, where he assisted graduate students working to develop injectable colloidal gels and therapeutic multiple sclerosis treatments. Kyle also worked in Hydrological Investigations for the United States Geological Survey, where he performed and reviewed various water quality analysis techniques for rivers, streams, and lakes.

Can You Keep a Secret? The Court's Role in Protecting Trade Secrets and Other Confidential Business Information from Disclosure in Litigation, 62 Drake L. Rev. 885 (2014).

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets
  • IP Litigation
  • Trademark
  • Copyrights

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2016
  • Missouri, 2015
  • Kansas, 2014
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2014


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Juris Doctor - 2014
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • Law Review: Drake Law Review, Online Editor
  • University of Kansas
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 2011
    • Major: Chemical Engineering - Biomedical Concentration

Honors and Awards

  • Drake Law School Timothy N. Carlucci Award for civility and professionalism
  • Rodney L. Hudson Senior Advocacy Award
  • Drake Law Review Morris A. Haft Award for individual effort, service, and leadership
  • McKee, Voorhees & Sease Scholarship for outstanding performance in IP law classes (2013, 2014)
  • NYC Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, Two-time Regional Champion
  • INTA Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition, Top Oralist Team
  • Merrill A. Jones Senior Leadership Award in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA), Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA)

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Mark S. Cady, Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, Intern
  • State Appellate Defender’s Office, Intern