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Randall W. Schwartz


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(913) 647-9057


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Randall's intellectual property law practice specializes in the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications. He also counsels clients about securing protection under multiple intellectual property regimes, including utility patents, design patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Randall serves clients across a diverse range of technological fields, including consumer products, agricultural equipment, medical devices, turbomachinery, the oil and gas industry, aircraft, and specialized manufacturing systems.

In his time at the firm, Randall's patent-focused experience also includes the filing and prosecution of appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, prosecution of foreign patents, preparation of patent opinions, preparation and prosecution of U.S. reissue patent applications, and inter partes review proceedings before the Board. He also advises clients on intellectual property agreements. Randall joined Hovey Williams in 2005.

As a graduate research assistant in mechanical engineering, Randall played a central role in the founding of the National Gas Machinery Laboratory (NGML) at Kansas State University. The NGML, one of the university's most successful institutes, develops practical, cost-effective solutions for the natural gas transmission industry.

Randall's interest and inspiration in patent law can be attributed to his father, who was chosen as a national semifinalist in the History Channel's 2006 "Invent Now" competition.

Areas Of Practice

  • Intellectual Property
  • Utility Patents
  • Design Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 2007
  • Missouri, 2006
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - 2005
  • Kansas State University
    • Master of Science - 1997
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Kansas State University
    • Bachelor of Science - 1995
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Published Works

  • Publication “USPTO Emphasizing COPA Program to Reduce Patent Pendency,” Kansas Bar Association, Spring 2012 Intellectual Property Newsletter, May 2012
  • Publication “A Fix for Patent Filing,” Thinking Bigger Business Media, at http://www.ithinkbigger.com/july-2011/item/2874-a-fix-for-patent-filing
  • Publication “Patent Reform and the Perception of a Broken System,” Kansas Bar Association, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, November/December 2010
  • Publication “Patents 101: The Role of Patents,” GMC Today, October 2010


  • Presenter “Intellectual Property Issues,” Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® NewVenture Program For Entrepreneurs, June 2014
  • Presenter “Design Patents: Implementation of the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs,” Lawyers Association of Kansas City 6th Annual IP CLE, January 2014
  • Co-Presenter “Patent Reform: Impact on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” Missouri Bar 2012 Solo and Small Firm Conference, June 2012
  • Regular Presenter on Intellectual Property Topics for Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Students at Kansas State University

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member


  • Tau Beta Pi