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Robert J. Lambrechts

Bob has filed nearly 600 patent applications in the United States, and over 400 patent applications in foreign jurisdictions. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s schools of law and engineering for over 24 years, and in his practice, he brings knowledge gained through a rich and varied background to help clients develop strategies for maximizing their patent portfolios.

Prior to joining Lathrop Gage, Bob served as a senior automation engineer from 1983 to 1987 with the Allied Signal Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. From 1991 to 1995, Bob served with the U.S. EPA in the Region VII office as a special assistant to the Regional Administrator, he has served over 27 years as a Reserve Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and he currently serves as the U.S. Navy’s Campus Liaison Officer for the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

As an intellectual property lawyer, Bob has substantial experience in preparing patent applications for medical devices, safety equipment, machine tools, building components, environmental control systems and automation equipment. He is often called upon to provide clients with legal opinions on infringement issues and patent validity, and he assists clients with licensing of intellectual property and protecting their intellectual property rights.

In addition to his intellectual property work, Bob also has a strong environmental law practice, and especially enjoys working with environmental industry clients who seek seasoned guidance on their environmental and intellectual property issues. Overall, Bob’s wide ranging work experiences give him a deep understanding of client needs, and he works diligently to understand each company’s personnel, history, products, processes and markets. Bob often meets with and visits clients on his own time in order to gain an appreciation for research activities and production operations to ensure he understands and represents each client in a way that is consistent with its business strategy and core values.

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Honors

  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Selected as Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2008-2009
  • Selected by peers for “Best of the Bar,” The Kansas City Business Journal, 2003 and 2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medals for Commendable Performance, 1993 & 1995
  • Two United States Environmental Protection Agency Special Achievement Awards, 1993 & 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Licensed Patent Attorney
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri
  • Past Chair, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Environment Committee
  • Commander United States Navy Reserve
  • Past Chair, UMKC Civil and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board
  • Board of Directors, Kansas City Inventors Association
  • Board of Directors, Heart to Heart International
  • Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 284, Overland Park, Kansas

Publications

Presentations

  • Speaker, Protecting Intellectual Property for Emerging Environmental Technologies, 2017 Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference, May 2017
  • Speaker, The Intersection Between Intellectual Property Law and Environmental Law, Society of American Military Engineers, April 2017
  • Speaker, RMP/PSM Update and Pitfalls – Enforcement Case Study, REGFORM 10th Annual Missouri Air Compliance Seminar, March 2017
  • Speaker, The Intersection of Environmental Innovation and Intellectual Property, 25th Annual Midwest Section Air and Waste Management Association Environmental Technical Conference, February 2017
  • Speaker, Missouri Air Compliance Seminar, March 2014
  • Adjunct Faculty, UMKC Schools of Engineering and Law (1993-2012)
  • Speaker, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (2001-2004)
  • Speaker and Moderator, Environmental Conference at the Lake, Sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce (2001-2003)
  • Speaker and Moderator, Midwest Region Environmental Conference, Sponsored by Associated Industries of Missouri (2001-2006)
  • Speaker, Associated Industries of Missouri, EPA's Risk Management Program (1996-1998)
  • Speaker, Kansas University, Environmental Regulation Update (1997)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Johnson County Community College (2002-2005)
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  • Overland Park

    10851 Mastin Boulevard
    Building 82, Suite 1000
    Overland Park, KS 66210-1669
F: 913.451.0875

Assistant

Joleen Seeley
913.451.5121

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Education

Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1990

University of Missouri-Columbia, M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1982

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Honors Scholar, 1981