About

Our attorneys have more than 50 combined years of experience in intellectual property matters. We are dedicated to providing excellent representation for our clients to best protect their intellectual property.

Mark Brown

Mark has more than 35 years’ experience practicing intellectual property law. His practice includes patent preparation and prosecution covering complex electrical, computer, medical, and mechanical inventions. Mark has experience with all aspects of intellectual property law, including trademarks and copyrights. He routinely represents clients in intellectual property litigation, including being lead counsel in jury trials. Mark has been a court-appointed mediator in intellectual property cases, a presentation speaker at various continuing legal education (CLE) seminars on intellectual property law, and the author of several articles on intellectual property topics.

Education:
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1977
B.S. Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1999
Outstanding Senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Admissions:
Registered Patent Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Licensed in Missouri
Licensed in Kansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Other Involvement:
Master and Committee Chair, Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy (formerly, Inn of the American Inns of Court)
Guest Lecturer on Intellectual Property Law, University of Missouri School of Engineering and Computer Science

Christopher M. DeBacker

Chris's practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property protection. Chris has a background in construction and engineering. He has experience in all ranges of intellectual property protection, including software, agricultural, electrical, medical, as well as toys and consumer products. He enjoys working with start-up companies to protect their intellectual property.  He has contacts to help inventors with manufacturing and marketing their invention, as well as access to mentors in the Kansas City area for new inventors.  He has been involved with the Make48® inventor’s competition since 2016.

Education:
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2009
Articles Editor, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2008-09
B.S. Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas, 2006
E.I.T. awarded by Kansas Board of Technical Professions

Admissions:
Registered Patent Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Licensed in Kansas
Licensed in Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Ryan S. Hinderliter

Since joining the firm in 2014, Ryan has gained valuable experience working in all areas of intellectual property law covering a wide range of technologies. These technologies include medical, agricultural, mechanical, electrical, biotechnological, chemical, business method, and consumer product inventions. His practice includes preparation, filing, and prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications and advising clients on all intellectual property matters. Ryan enjoys getting to work with clients of all sizes to help protect their valuable intellectual property.

Education:
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2014
B.S. Biology, Business Minor, University of Kansas, 2011

Admissions:
Registered Patent Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Licensed in Kansas
Licensed in Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri