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Overview

Kris enjoys the fast pace of the ever-changing life sciences industry in which she focuses her intellectual property (IP) and technology licensing practice.

As co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Life Sciences teams, Kris counsels clients on how to manage and protect their intellectual property and data and use their IP assets strategically. She is skilled in preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications; proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers; foreign patent and trademark protection; and licensing of intellectual property rights.

Kris drafts and negotiates complex agreements related to technology and software licensing, software and web development, joint development and confidentiality. She often negotiates these agreements for healthcare, higher education and biofuel clients.

Kris has prepared and prosecuted patents across industries, with a particular emphasis on biochemical and chemical patent prosecution. She represents clients in a variety of technologies, including biotechnology, energy and biofuels, agricultural chemistry, chemical compounds, compositions and processes, software, healthcare and mechanical devices.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, "Up & Coming Lawyer," 2014
  • KC Business Magazine, Rising Stars, Class of 2013

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • TWA Environmental Law Scholarship
    • University of Missouri-Kansas City Student Government Association Superior Court, Chief Justice
    • Urban Lawyer, Articles Editor
  • B.S., Kansas State University

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • The Missouri Bar
Experience
  • Prepared and prosecuted patents for medical device company’s anchor device for heart surgery.
  • Provided intellectual property work, including Food and Drug Administration (FDA), trademarks and warranty, for West Coast medical device company that manufactures systems for respiratory care.
  • Drafted patents for startup company that creates polymer-based, orthopedic 3-D casts.
  • Prosecuted patent for surgical device that stabilizes femur for incisions.
  • Advised SCL Health System on sale of Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas, to California-based Prime Healthcare Services. Transaction completed less than three months after Prime Healthcare was selected as preferred bidder in nationwide auction process.
  • Represented Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth in completing affiliation transaction with Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, Missouri.
Outside the Office

Kris and her kids are baseball fans who enjoy going to Royals games.

She is also a runner who frequently participates in half-marathons and 10Ks. Additionally, Kris enjoys cooking in her free time.

Community Leadership
  • CommunityLINC, Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • Niles Home for Children, Board of Directors, 2005-2013
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