Wendy K.
Marsh

“I like thinking of unique arguments or unique ways to help clients meet their intellectual property goals.”

Being a licensed pharmacist has been useful for Wendy Marsh in her more than 20 years of practicing intellectual property law. Because many of her clients’ inventions are related to pharmaceuticals or chemicals, that background knowledge gives her a head start. “I already have a good understanding of their technology and how their inventions work,” Wendy says. “I think the inventors appreciate the fact that I understand those aspects of their inventions.”

 

Focused primarily on IP matters, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights, Wendy appreciates the diversity of her practice. “You never really know what’s going to come in the door,” she says. “I might be working on a pharmaceutical patent application, but I also have a lot of trademark experience, so I can be working on a trademark case or prosecuting a trademark application.”

 

As part of that experience, Wendy frequently appears before the Patent Office Board of Appeals and Interferences. In appearances before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, she has argued numerous patent and trademark appeals. In addition to filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications worldwide, Wendy counsels clients on issues relating to intellectual property acquisition, protection, enforcement, and management.

 

Before joining Nyemaster Goode, Wendy practiced for 15 years with McKee, Voorhees & Sease in Des Moines, where she supervised the firm’s international and trademark departments.

 

With her diverse background and work experiences, Wendy looks for the unique answer to each client’s individual situation. “Different perspectives from different experiences open up options,” she says. “The more things that I’m exposed to in my career and outside of the firm, the more options I can present to the client in trying to strategize the best solution to their problems.”

 

Throughout all of her strategies and casework, Wendy keeps her clients’ needs at the forefront. “When you’re writing briefs, you don’t always remember that you’re doing this for real people and that these things have a big impact on them,” she says. “What we’re doing is important to people and can really change their lives.”

 

American Intellectual Property Law Association

 

American Bar Association
Inventor’s Committee, Chair, 1998-1999

 

International Trademark Association
Online Reference Committee, Member, 2010–2011

 

Iowa State Bar Association
Intellectual Property Law Committee, Chair, 2001–2002

 

Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association
President, 2006-2007

 

Polk County Bar Association

 

Greater Des Moines Partnership
Board of Directors, 2016

 

Waukee Chamber of Commerce

  • President, 2016
  • Vice President, 2015

 

Waukee Community School District Board of Education
2019-present 

 

Waukee Community Schools Foundation

  • 2016–Present
  • Secretary, 2016–2017

 

Waukee Rotary

  • 2007–Present; 
  • President, 2012–2013
  • Vice President, 2010–2011

 

Faith Lutheran Church

  • Sunday School Music Director; 
  • Volunteer Pianist

 

Waukee School PTO
Secretary, 2010–2011

 

Drake University Law School Moot Court Team
Coach, 2003–2007

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Iowa
2000–2004

 

Des Moines Jaycees 
1994–1997

 

Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent, peer rated for highest level of professional excellence

6,486,199
Spiro and dispiro 1,2,4-trioxolane antimalarials

 

7,199,099
Methanobactin: a copper binding compound having antibiotic and antioxidant activity isolated from methanotrophic bacteria

 

7,141,394
More stable analog of isopropyl thiogalactoside for induction of protein expression

 

6,800,753
Regenerated cellulose and oxidized cellulose membranes as potential biodegradable platforms for drug delivery and tissue engineering

 

5,607,971
Esterified vasoactive lipids for increasing perfusion pressure of the caruncular arterial bed in mammals

 

“Long Live the IP Czar?
Iowa Lawyer, February 2009

 

“Will NTP Eat Canadian BlackBerries for Lunch?”
Iowa Lawyer, March 2005 (co-author)

 

 “Let the Inventor Beware,”
Iowa Lawyer, February 2005

 

“Recording Industry Association of America Forces File Sharers to Face the Music”
Iowa Lawyer, November 2004

 

OVERVIEW

Being a licensed pharmacist has been useful for Wendy Marsh in her more than 20 years of practicing intellectual property law. Because many of her clients’ inventions are related to pharmaceuticals or chemicals, that background knowledge gives her a head start. “I already have a good understanding of their technology and how their inventions work,” Wendy says. “I think the inventors appreciate the fact that I understand those aspects of their inventions.”

 

Focused primarily on IP matters, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights, Wendy appreciates the diversity of her practice. “You never really know what’s going to come in the door,” she says. “I might be working on a pharmaceutical patent application, but I also have a lot of trademark experience, so I can be working on a trademark case or prosecuting a trademark application.”

 

As part of that experience, Wendy frequently appears before the Patent Office Board of Appeals and Interferences. In appearances before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, she has argued numerous patent and trademark appeals. In addition to filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications worldwide, Wendy counsels clients on issues relating to intellectual property acquisition, protection, enforcement, and management.

 

Before joining Nyemaster Goode, Wendy practiced for 15 years with McKee, Voorhees & Sease in Des Moines, where she supervised the firm’s international and trademark departments.

 

With her diverse background and work experiences, Wendy looks for the unique answer to each client’s individual situation. “Different perspectives from different experiences open up options,” she says. “The more things that I’m exposed to in my career and outside of the firm, the more options I can present to the client in trying to strategize the best solution to their problems.”

 

Throughout all of her strategies and casework, Wendy keeps her clients’ needs at the forefront. “When you’re writing briefs, you don’t always remember that you’re doing this for real people and that these things have a big impact on them,” she says. “What we’re doing is important to people and can really change their lives.”

 

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

American Intellectual Property Law Association

 

American Bar Association
Inventor’s Committee, Chair, 1998-1999

 

International Trademark Association
Online Reference Committee, Member, 2010–2011

 

Iowa State Bar Association
Intellectual Property Law Committee, Chair, 2001–2002

 

Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association
President, 2006-2007

 

Polk County Bar Association

 

Greater Des Moines Partnership
Board of Directors, 2016

 

Waukee Chamber of Commerce

  • President, 2016
  • Vice President, 2015

 

Waukee Community School District Board of Education
2019-present 

 

Waukee Community Schools Foundation

  • 2016–Present
  • Secretary, 2016–2017

 

Waukee Rotary

  • 2007–Present; 
  • President, 2012–2013
  • Vice President, 2010–2011

 

Faith Lutheran Church

  • Sunday School Music Director; 
  • Volunteer Pianist

 

Waukee School PTO
Secretary, 2010–2011

 

Drake University Law School Moot Court Team
Coach, 2003–2007

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Iowa
2000–2004

 

Des Moines Jaycees 
1994–1997

 

RECOGNITION

Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent, peer rated for highest level of professional excellence

REPRESENTATIVE PATENTS

6,486,199
Spiro and dispiro 1,2,4-trioxolane antimalarials

 

7,199,099
Methanobactin: a copper binding compound having antibiotic and antioxidant activity isolated from methanotrophic bacteria

 

7,141,394
More stable analog of isopropyl thiogalactoside for induction of protein expression

 

6,800,753
Regenerated cellulose and oxidized cellulose membranes as potential biodegradable platforms for drug delivery and tissue engineering

 

5,607,971
Esterified vasoactive lipids for increasing perfusion pressure of the caruncular arterial bed in mammals

 

SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS

“Long Live the IP Czar?
Iowa Lawyer, February 2009

 

“Will NTP Eat Canadian BlackBerries for Lunch?”
Iowa Lawyer, March 2005 (co-author)

 

 “Let the Inventor Beware,”
Iowa Lawyer, February 2005

 

“Recording Industry Association of America Forces File Sharers to Face the Music”
Iowa Lawyer, November 2004