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BSCR’s intellectual property attorneys work closely with clients to protect their trademark and copyright intellectual property rights. Our attorneys have extensive experience counseling and representing clients with their trademark and copyright legal needs.


The firm's intellectual property services include, but are not limited to, trademark and copyright filing and protection, litigation, domain name issues, and intellectual property related contract negotiation and drafting.

Specifically, our attorneys counsel and represent clients in connection with the following:

  • Trademark clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and monitoring
  • Infringement litigation and defense
  • Bringing and defending proceedings before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board
  • Copyright registration and enforcement
  • International registration and protection
  • Drafting licensing, endorsement, co-branding and other related contracts
  • Domain name issues such as registration and disputes, including before UDRP
  • Providing intellectual property-related guidance about marketing material and website design and development
For more information about our Intellectual Property practice contact John Patterson at 816.471.2121. 

News & Events

John Patterson Quoted in IPWatchdog.com Article about the CASE Act

05.17.19 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member John Patterson is quoted in an IPWatchdog.com article about the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, reintroduced as H.R. 2426 in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 1. Patterson opines in the article that...

Douglas Hill Joins Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice in Kansas City

10.04.18 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Douglas Hill as an attorney with the firm's Kansas City office. Hill is an experienced litigator, managing a diverse civil defense practice that includes professional negligence, product liability, industrial and job site injuries, and general business litigation. He has extensive experience representing ...

Blog Posts

Second Update: Hopping On The Missouri Bandwagon? Not So Fast Out Of State Litigants.

07.16.19 | SECOND UPDATE: Missouri Governor Mike Parson signs Senate Bill 7, which amends venue and joinder laws, to prevent out of state plaintiffs from litigating their cases in an inappropriate venue.

Update: Hopping on the Missouri Bandwagon? Not so Fast Out-of-State Litigants.

05.20.19 | UPDATE: House Passes Senate Bill 7, in which the Missouri legislature seeks to amend venue and joinder laws, to prevent out of state plaintiffs from litigating their cases in an inappropriate venue.

In a case of first impression, the Appellate Court of Illinois allows counsel to withdraw previously disclosed testifying expert

04.12.19 | The Illinois Appellate Court, First District, held that a party may timely withdraw a previously disclosed testifying expert and redesignate said expert as a Rule 201(b)(3) consultant entitled to the consultant's privilege against disclosure absent exceptional circumstances.

Hopping on the Missouri Bandwagon? Not so Fast Out-of-State Litigants.

03.18.19 | In Senate Bill 7, the Missouri legislature seeks to amend venue and joinder laws, to prevent out of state plaintiffs from litigating their cases in an inappropriate venue.

The Piper is Finally Paid - the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act Becomes Law

01.02.19 | As reported in a previous post, Congress spent a portion of the last year considering the Music Modernization Act (MMA), a sweeping piece of legislation meant to bring the world of music licensing into the era of online streaming services.

City of St. Louis - Still A Judicial Hellhole

12.26.18 | Defense attorneys beware. The 2018-2019 American Tort Reform Foundation's (ATRF) Judicial Hellholes Report is out, and the City of St. Louis landed fourth on this list because of its massive verdicts, forum shopping, and legislative failures.

The CASE Act - A Noble but Toothless Gesture Toward Fair Copyright Enforcement

04.24.18 | The cost of litigating copyright infringement claims in federal court can be immense, taxing the resources of even a well-heeled content creator. For many authors, artists, photographers, and others, this immensity become overwhelming.

Political Divisions, Copyright Law, and a Strange Green Amphibian Meme - Pepe the Frog gets his Day in a Kansas City Area Court

02.27.18 | Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character created by comic book artist Matt Furie in the mid-2000's, started out innocently enough. According to an interview given by Furie to the Daily Dot, Pepe's philosophy on life was simply "feels good man." Unfortunately for Pepe, however...

Paying the Piper (and the Copyright Owner) - The Music Modernization Act of 2017

02.02.18 | The rise of streaming music services has changed the landscape in ways that most would not have imagined even a decade ago. Among these changes are the ways in which performers, songwriters, and other copyright owners are compensated when their works are streamed on various devices.

Copyright Law: Overcoming Claims of Copyright Protection for Derivative Works

01.11.18 | In the recent case of We Shall Overcome Foundation, et al. v. Ludlow Music, Inc., et al., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York was asked to determine the validity of the copyright to "We Shall Overcome," the seminal tune of the civil rights movement made famous by folk singer Pete Seeger, which had been registered as a "derivative work" with the Copyright Office, twice in the early 1960's.

Missouri Uniform Trade Secrets Act Does Not Protect Customer Information Insufficiently Guarded or Which Is Not Truly "Trade Secret" in Character

01.01.13 | In this case, a corporate successor, Central Trust sued the former employee of its acquired company, Springfield Trust after the employee started a business which directly competed with his former employer and Central Trust.