Thank You for a Great YearDecember 29, 2022

As we close out 2022 and look forward to 2023, we would like to share some of the highlights of MVS over the past year.

With video becoming a more important part of business communications, MVS embarked on the creation and completion of several videos that included a firm overview, attorney spotlight videos for Luke Mohrhauser and Lars Gunnerson and several others that we will be introducing in the early part of 2023.

We started a consistent social media campaign through Filewrapper, LinkedIn and Twitter that provided informative insights on timely intellectual property topics. This has resulted in tripling the number of followers on LinkedIn during the past year. We invite you to follow MVS on LinkedIn by clicking on our LinkedIn page and then clicking the +Follow button.

MVS sponsored a number of events and organizations to show our support and elevate our visibility with attendees and members. These included:

  • Iowa Public Radio – sponsor of the Science Friday broadcast
  • Ag Startup Engine
  • AgTech Next Conference
  • AUTM – Annual, Central Region and Eastern Region Meetings
  • Iowa Biotechnology Association Showcase and Conference
  • ABI Annual Conference, Manufacturing Conference, Executive Open and Connecting with Statewide Leaders event
  • Business Record Envision Iowa Events, Made in Iowa/Manufacturing Forecast Event and Iowa Stops Hunger
  • Downtown Des Moines Chamber Annual Celebration, Golf Outing and Top 10 Things to Happen in Downtown
  • Justice Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service
  • Fem City Beyond Business Conference
  • Iowa Legal Aid Justice After Hours Event
  • PCWA Seasons of Change Basket Auction
  • Science Center of Iowa Annual Gala
  • Several University Technology Innovation Celebrations including:
    • Colorado State University Demo Day
    • Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference
    • Michigan State University Innovation Celebration
    • NuTech Ventures Innovator Celebration
    • University of Maryland Innovate Maryland Event
    • South Dakota School of Mines & Engineering Innovation Expo

We also wanted to share news about our attorneys:

  • Kevin Kercher and Melissa Mitchell joined MVS.
  • Nicholas Krob elected vice-chair of the Licensing Executives Society Iowa Chapter. He will be the chair in 2023.
  • Heidi Nebel named Vice Chair of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Public Advisory Committee and re-appointed to the National Plant Variety Protection Advisory Board.
  • Jonathan Kennedy was appointed Associate Member to the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Ethics.
  • Luke Mohrhauser named Managing Member of MVS.
  • Christine Lebron-Dykeman name to the MVS Management Committee.
  • Bruce W. McKee retired from MVS after nearly sixty years at the firm that bears his name.

MVS attorneys and the firm also received some much deserved recognition that included:

  • Kevin Kercher received the AUTM Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.
  • Edmund Sease received the Drake University Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.
  • Heidi Nebel won the Iowa Biotechnology Association Biotech Leader of the Year. She was also selected as one of 5 finalists for the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) CEO of the Year.
  • Christine Lebron-Dykeman, Glenn Johnson and Heidi Nebel honored as 2022 Great Plains Super Lawyers.
  • Glenn Johnson, Christine Lebron-Dykeman, Jonathan Kennedy and Kevin Kercher named as Best Lawyers in America. Christine was also named as Lawyer of the Year.
  • MVS was recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for their “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 ranking in Iowa for Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and Trademark Law.
  • MVS won a trademark case at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals for our client Running Buddy.
  • The Drake University Law School IP Moot Court team coached by Michael Gilchrist and Nicholas Krob finished second in the Dallas Regional Competition and qualified for the National Competition.

We would like to end by thanking you for the opportunity to work with you on your intellectual property needs. Doing this type of work has been a passion of our firm since its founding in 1924. We look forward to continuing our efforts together in 2023.

Richard Marsolais is the Business Development Director at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC. To learn more, visit our MVS website , or contact Richard directly via email.

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