Crissa A. Cook

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Crissa Cook represents large, medium and small clients across the U.S., as well as several internationally-based corporations and institutions. Her practice focuses primarily on serving clients in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology and life sciences, medicine, food sciences and the mechanical arts. Her specialties include the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. She also helps clients manage and evaluate their IP portfolios as well as those of their competitors, including the preparation of patentability, invalidity and infringement analyses. She also counsels clients regarding licensing, investor due diligence, and trade secret matters. She has been an Adjunct Faculty member since 2012.

Courses Taught:
  • Patent Practice


J.D., B.A., Kansas, 2007, 2003.


Patent Practice


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2009; Kansas, 2008; Missouri, 2007.

Career History

Partner, Hovey Williams LLP, 2007-present

Selected Publications

  • "New FDA medical device reforms proposed," Orthopedics Today (March 2011).
  • "Constructive Criticism: Phillips v. AWH Corp. and the Continuing Ambiguity of Patent Claim Construction Principles," 55 University of Kansas Law Review 255 (2006).
Why KU
  • Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
  • 7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
  • 91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
  • 23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
  • 21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
  • 77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
  • #19 moot court program in the nation
  • #17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine