Jonathan L. Kennedy

Jonathan's technical training is in chemistry. Adding to his background is a Master's degree in Bioethics where he focused his research and writing on the ethics of technological regulation at the federal level. His practice is in intellectual property law, including, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Jonathan's patent practice focuses on inventions related to chemistry, nanotechnology, and materials science. Example industries that he routinely prepares and prosecutes patent applications in include the energy, medical, and cleaning industries. Representative clients that Jonathan has worked for include Fortune 500 companies, universities, start-ups, and individual inventors. Jonathan also actively litigates intellectual property lawsuits with experience in state and federal courts. Jonathan has argued at the Federal Circuit and before multiple USPTO panels. Jonathan’s litigation experience includes examination of witnesses at a federal jury trial, arguing evidentiary motions and objections at federal trial, motion practice in both state and federal courts, including claim construction, complex evidentiary issues, summary judgment, and post-trial briefing. He also actively represents clients in filing and prosecuting trademark applications before the USPTO. He is the Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association IP Section Council (2017 - 2019) and served as the Division Chair for the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemistry and the Law in 2018. Jonathan has been recognized by Best Lawyers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 for his work in trademark law.

Jonathan joined McKee, Voorhees & Sease as an Associate Attorney in September 2012 and is currently a Member of the Firm as of 2019. During law school, Jonathan was Research Editor for Volume 60 of Drake Law Review, served as a junior staff member of Drake Law Review, was Vice President of Drake Law School's Intellectual Property Law Society, was a member of Drake Law School's Intellectual Property Moot Court Team, and was a Research Assistant to Visiting Professor Miguel Schor. He had the honor of publishing his student note addressing a federal circuit split relating to copyright registration timing in Volume 60 of Drake Law Review.

When he is not at work, Jonathan can typically be found having fun with his wife and two children. He greatly enjoys a good cup of coffee.


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