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Sease named interim director of Intellectual Property Law Center

June 8, 2015

Ed Sease, partner at McKee, Voorhees, & Sease, PLC, and a 1967 alumnus of Drake University Law School, has been named interim director of the Drake University Law School Intellectual Property Law Center, effective July 1.

Sease has more than 35 years of experience as a patent attorney, trademark attorney, intellectual property litigator and professor.

“As interim director, Ed brings an ideal mix of talents to his leadership of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake,” says Ben Ullem, dean of Drake Law School. “He is an experienced teacher of the law, has many years of representing clients and solving their legal needs, and he truly cares about the profession and for our students.”

Sease received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Drake University in 1964 and his law degree, graduating Order of the Coif, from Drake in 1967. Before joining the law firm, Sease worked for Patent Department of Proctor & Gamble. Due to his commitment to the practice of intellectual property law, Sease is an active member in many professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity and others.

In fall 2007, the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School was launched to promote global, interdisciplinary understanding of intellectual property law and policy. The Center was established with the generous support of a $1.5 million gift from Wayne, LW’72, and Donna Kern, which endowed the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, and a $750,000 leadership commitment from DuPont Pioneer.

For seven years in a row, peer surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report have ranked the Center among the top 25 intellectual property law programs in the United States.

“As a well-known and respected lawyer, Ed will continue to enhance the interest in and growth of Drake Law School’s Intellectual Property Center,” says Ullem.