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Marshall Honeyman
Patent Attorney
Headshot of Marshall Honeyman

Marshall Honeyman

Patent Attorney


  • Washburn University, J.D., 1991
  • Kansas State University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1988


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


  • Ranked by Chambers USA, 2022-2023
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2024
  • U.S. News & World Reports, Best Lawyers in America, Kansas City, KS Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, 2019, 2021
  • Business TodayTop Ten Most Influential Intellectual Property Lawyers in Kansas, 2023
  • Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s “IP Stars,” 2013-2023
  • Super Lawyers, 2005, 2018-2023
  • Kansas Bar Association’s IP Attorney of the Year, 2016
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office “On the Spot Award,” 2001
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office “Special Achievement Award,” 1999

Marshall Honeyman is a registered patent attorney and a member of Avek IP, LLC. His deep experience in patent matters and focus on technology has led to long-term relationships with clients of all sizes.

Marshall’s practice focuses on advising high-technology clients in patent prosecution and infringement matters. His technology industry experience includes aircraft (e.g., business jets, VTOL, and other related aerospace technologies), automotive, computer software and hardware, LED systems and UV-C and other lighting technologies, missile guidance systems, network devices, oil and gas, optical systems and devices, power generation systems and equipment, and printed circuit board layouts.

Prior to joining Avek IP, Marshall worked in the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) as a patent examiner and then as an associate solicitor. He also previously served as a partner at an Am Law 200 firm. As an examiner, Marshall reviewed and acted on patent applications directed to, among other things, lighting arrangements and devices, computer display light guides, fiber optics, LED arrays, and complex automobile headlamp configurations.

As an associate solicitor at the USPTO, he handled lawsuits brought against the Office and acted as a lead attorney in ex parte appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Additionally, he co-managed the section of attorneys responsible for litigating disciplinary actions against patent practitioners. His previous matters include defending the USPTO commissioner as lead briefing attorney in BlackLight Power Inc. v. Rogan, and he also litigated disciplinary complaints against patent practitioners on behalf of the Director of the USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED). Given this background, he has successfully advised and defended numerous individuals and major law firms regarding the handling of OED complaints.


  • Author, Timely Interest in UV-C LEDs May Complicate the Patent Process, LEDs Magazine, September 2020
  • Author, Innovative Manufacturers: To Patent or Not to Patent, The Fabricator, October 2019
  • Author, Create a Clear Patent Strategy for Collaborative Success, LEDs Magazine, May 2018
  • Author, America Invents Act Impacts Patent Rights, LEDs Magazine, February 2016
  • Author, When Not to Patent, Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, June 2009
  • Author, When Not to Patent, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, June 2008
  • Author, Patent Logic Tree Identifies Key Decision Steps for Filing, LEDs Magazine, May/June 2008
  • Author, Patent Your Career, SPIE Professional, January 2007


  • Speaker, Innovative Manufacturers: To Patent or Not to Patent, FABTECH, Chicago, IL, September 2021
  • Speaker, Obtaining and Litigating Patents in the LED Industry, Strategies in Light, Las Vegas, NV, February 2019
  • Speaker, Patent Rights in Metal Processing, FABTECH, Atlanta, GA, November 2018
  • Speaker, Patent Rights; Building Yours; Battling Theirs, Strategies in Light, Long Beach, CA, February 2018
  • Speaker, Patents: Being A Hammer, Not a Nail, Strategies in Light, Anaheim, CA, February 2017
  • Speaker, The Latest Changes in US Patent Law: How they Affect Intellectual Property Strategies, Strategies in Light LED Show, Santa Clara, CA, March 2016
  • Speaker, Patents: Your Automotive Products in a Changing World, 2016 SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Market Association), Las Vegas, NV, November 2015
  • Speaker, Should I Patent It Now, 33rd Annual Plaza Lights Institute, Kansas Bar Association, Kansas City, MO, December 2015
  • Speaker, Your Brands, Your Ideas, and Other Intellectual Property, Kansas Bar Association Corporate Counsel Update, Lenexa, KS, March 2012
  • Speaker, IP Triage for the Non-IP Attorney, Association of Corporate Counsel, Kansas City, MO, February 2012
  • Speaker, IP for Non-IP Attorneys, Kansas Bar Association/KSU Foundation CLE Slam-Dunk, Manhattan, KS, February 2012
  • Speaker, Restriction & Election Practice, State Bar of Nevada: 2011 Intellectual Property Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2011
  • Speaker, Patents Today – The Cheese Has Moved – How to Handle It, Strategies in Light, Santa Clara, CA, February 2010
  • Speaker, Pursuing Patents in a Changing World, SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, January 2010
  • Speaker, Restriction and Election, LAKC’s Annual IP CLE, Kansas City, MO, December 2008
  • Speaker, When Not to File a Patent, International Society for Optics & Photonics (SPIE), Live Webcast, May 2008
  • Speaker, Off the Beaten Path: Career Opportunities for Engineers in the Patent Boom (Law Degree Not Required), SPIE’s Photonics West Conference, San Jose, CA, January 2007
  • Speaker, Patent Course, Lightfair, Las Vegas, NV, May 2006
  • Speaker, Technology Transfer: From Lab to Reality, Doing Your IP Due Diligence Along the Way, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Exposition, Chicago, IL, November 2006
  • Speaker, Five Things People Do to Mess Up Their Patent Rights, National Manufacturing Week, ASME International, Chicago, IL, March 2006, March 2005
  • Speaker, The Optical Patent short course, SPIE’s Photonics West Conference, San Jose, CA, January 2006, January 2005, January 2004
  • Speaker, Using Patents as a Business Tool short course, the International Symposium on Optical Science and Technology, SPIE Annual Meeting, 2005 (San Diego), 2003 (San Diego), 2002 (Seattle)