Jonathan L. Kennedy

Jonathan L. Kennedy: Attorney with McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C.


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 is Division Chair for the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemistry and the Law (2018).

Jonathan joined McKee, Voorhees & Sease as an Associate Attorney in September 2012. 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.

Areas of Practice (36)

  • Chemical Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement
  • Intellectual Property Infringement
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Procurement
  • Intellectual Property Prosecution
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Medical Intellectual Property
  • Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property
  • Biochemical Patents
  • Biotechnology Patent Prosecution
  • Biotechnology Patents
  • Chemical Patent Prosecution
  • Chemical Patents
  • International Patent Prosecution
  • International Patents
  • Medical Patents
  • Metallurgical Patents
  • Patent Applications
  • Patent Infringement
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Protection
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Prosecution
  • Pharmaceutical Patents
  • Lanham Act
  • Service Marks
  • Trade Dress
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Trademark Registration
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Copyright Registration

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
515-288-3667  Phone
University Attended:
Trinity International University, B.A., Chemistry, 2007; Trinity International University, M.A., with honors, 2008
Law School Attended:
Drake University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2012
Year of First Admission:
2012, Iowa; 2013, registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 2012, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
American Bar Association
American Chemical Society, Division of Chemistry and the Law
Executive Committee Secretary and Programming Co-Chair, 2015-16
Executive Committee Programming Co-Chair, 2015
Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association
Iowa State Bar Association
IP Section Council Member, 2015-16
Co-chair of IP Section Council Legislative Subcommittee
e-Commerce Section Council Member, 2014
Polk County Bar Association

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Des Moines, Iowa

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