Crissa A. Cook

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Crissa 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



"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).


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


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

Career History

Partner, Hovey Williams LLP, 2007-present

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