Tracy L. Bornman

Tracy L. Bornman

▪ Prepared and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent applications in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and food chemistry for 19 years.

▪ Extensive work with polymer chemistry (particularly in a coatings context), mineral technology, enzyme technology, nanotechnology, agricultural chemistry, and specialty chemicals for use in the microelectronic industry.

▪ Responsible for over 900 live patent and trademark files globally.

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Scott R. Brown

Scott R. BrownScott is a partner with the firm and is the head of the litigation department.  He began his career in California’s Silicon Valley in 1990.  He moved to Kansas and joined Hovey Williams in 1999.  His practice includes all aspects of intellectual property creation, management, enforcement and licensing, with particular emphasis on intellectual property litigation. Scott has been a full time first chair trial lawyer since 1999, handling more than one hundred lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country in his career, both at trial and on appeal.

Email: Mr. Brown

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Cheryl L. Burbach

Cheryl L. BurbachCheryl has extensive experience in the field of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and related intellectual property matters.  Her business counseling practice has involved a wide range of issues involving branding, social media, marketing, and licensing, with matters as diverse as prosecuting trademark and copyright applications, managing a large trademark portfolio, handling online infringement issues, creating company-wide intellectual property identification and protection programs, and licensing programs.

Email: Ms. Burbach

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Andrew G. Colombo

Andrew ColomboAndrew joined Hovey Williams in 1994. He specializes in preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications, particularly in the areas of medical and other complex mechanical technologies. Andrew also specializes in trademark application preparation and prosecution, as well as licensing and dispute resolution in all areas of intellectual property.

Email: Mr. Colombo

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Crissa A. Seymour Cook

CACProfilePic 3Crissa represents large, medium, and small clients across the U.S., as well as several internationally-based corporations and institutions.  Her practice focuses primarily on serving clients in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology and life sciences, medicine, food sciences, and the mechanical arts. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Patent Practice at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Email: Ms. Cook

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Joan Optican Herman

Joan Optican HermanJoan has almost 30 years of experience in the intellectual property field, where she regularly advises clients on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. Joan’s depth of experience allows her to work closely with her clients through all development and growth phases to build a long-lasting and valuable intellectual property portfolio.

Email: Ms. Herman

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Michael B. Hurd

Michael B. HurdMichael joined Hovey Williams in 2004. He currently specializes in intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, and client counseling. Michael has held a wide range of positions in IP law, including in-house patent counsel for a pharmaceutical company, and founding member of a patent department within a large, general practice firm.

Email: Mr. Hurd

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Kameron D. Kelly

Kameron D. KellyKameron joined Hovey Williams in 2000. As a partner of the firm, he specializes in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for inventions in the mechanical, chemical, and geophysical arts. Kameron also has specialization in providing legal opinions on patent infringement and validity. He frequently helps clients manage infringement risk by performing freedom-to-operate and validity studies in a variety of technological areas.

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Thomas B. Luebbering

Thomas B. LuebberingTom has been part of the Hovey Williams team since 1992. He became a registered patent agent in 1993, a patent attorney in 1994, and was admitted to partnership in 1998. Tom focuses his practice on patent prosecution, licensing, and IP counseling, with a particular emphasis on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the aviation, navigation, optics, and electronic fields.

Email: Mr. Luebbering

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Gregory J. Skoch

Gregory J. SkochAs a partner with Hovey Williams, Greg’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign chemical and mechanical patent applications. Greg serves clients through a range of industries including industrial chemicals, coatings, and mechanical devices used in a wide variety of applications.

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Paul J. Walker

Paul J. WalkerPaul works with a diverse client base (both large and small) in assessing and pursuing their intellectual property interests.  Paul generally focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in the chemical, biotech, and mechanical fields.  Additionally, Paul also specializes in helping clients effectively manage their patent portfolios and has extensive experience in the preparation of FTO opinions and analyses, quality review analyses, invalidity opinions and analyses, and patentability analyses.

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Matthew B. Walters

Matthew B. WaltersSince joining Hovey Williams in 2007, Matt’s practice has focused principally on intellectual property litigation.  Matt has litigated trademark and trade dress matters before various district courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Matt’s patent litigation experience involves clients in various technical fields such as medical devices, software systems, fertilizers, agricultural equipment, and rangefinders.  Matt also has experience in reexaminations before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Email: Mr. Walters

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