Elizabeth helps her clients turn international intellectual property portfolios into assets. She counsels her clients through strategic decisions about how to allocate resources and when to obtain, register and enforce trademark, copyright and patent rights.
Elizabeth is a registered patent attorney with considerable experience in trademark and copyright law. She partners with clients to develop and implement forward-thinking and creative IP strategies. Elizabeth enjoys working with her clients on IP best practices and fostering a corporate culture of proactive thinking. She uses customized reports to provide clients with big picture updates and focused attention on upcoming deadlines.
Clients appreciate Elizabeth’s scientific background and experience with the hospitality industry, chemical and agricultural products, biological treatments and medical devices. She prosecutes U.S. trademark applications, manages international trademark portfolios and provides trademark clearance opinions. In her patent practice, Elizabeth prepares and prosecutes U.S. patent applications and prepares freedom to operate, patent infringement and patentability assessments. She advises on IP litigation involving patent, trademark, copyright and trade dress infringement claims and handles proceedings before the federal courts and administrative agencies. Elizabeth actively follows the evolution of unmanned vehicle systems and monitors legal developments concerning intellectual property rights impacted by drone programs.
In intensive 12-month IP audits for an international restaurant company and a publicly-traded chemical and plant nutrition company, Elizabeth implemented mission-critical programs for focused brand protection. In one instance, she saved a client over $150,000 in next-action fees, and in another, she worked with the client's business team to create a flexible filing strategy that has served them well for almost seven years.
Skilled at avoiding protracted litigation, Elizabeth represented well-known restaurant brands on trademark infringement claims, which she creatively resolved in mediation to preserve the distinctive marks.
After expedited discovery and a hearing, she obtained a preliminary injunction to stop a competitor from using an infringing mark; the district court later entered a permanent injunction and awarded attorney's fees on summary judgment; affirmed on appeal.
Elizabeth initiated a cancellation proceeding against a sporting goods competitor's trademark registration in response to threats of litigation and obtained a favorable decision using the TTAB's Accelerated Case Resolution track.
She successfully opposed the registration of marks likely to cause confusion with her client's registered marks, obtaining a favorable summary judgment ruling and avoiding an administrative trial.
She successfully wrestled domain names incorporating client marks away from cybersquatters before the National Arbitration Forum and World Intellectual Property Organization.
She externed for the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2006.
News & Insights
- Press Release01.07.2015
AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event, Kansas City Host, 2015-2019
Onsite IP 101 and Best Practices Training for Clients, 2012-2019
"The Emerging Use and Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Webinars," July and August 2016
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Panel Discussion, Mid-America Regional Council Aviation Committee, March 2016
"Strategies for Enforcing Intellectual Property," May 2015
Elizabeth is a frequent contributor to the Stinson Leonard Street Alert publication series and has written a number of articles related to copyright law, domain name issues, patent law, and the drone industry.
"Allison Murdock, Deputy Managing Partner of Stinson Morrison Hecker: The Inclusive Firm Culture She Enjoys and Promotes," The AWL Link, Volume 23, No. 3, September 2011
Recipient of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City 2011 President's Award
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
- Board of Directors, 2011
- Golf Committee, 2010-2011
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
Women's Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC)
Practices & Industries
- Intellectual Property & Technology
- Patent Litigation
- Patent Preparation & Prosecution
- Trademark Prosecution & Brand Management
- Trademark, Trade Dress, False Advertising & Unfair Competition Litigation
- Chemical, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
- Copyright Litigation
- Copyright Protection
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems & Autonomous Vehicles
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 2007
- Missouri, 2007
- Kansas, 2008
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
Truman State University, B.S. and B.A., Biology, summa cum laude, 2003
- Phi Beta Kappa