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Senniger Powers has worked hard to create an inclusive environment for lawyers, technical advisors and staff from a variety of racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, family structure and other backgrounds. Our mission is to encourage a respectful, innovative, and wide-ranging culture that values the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and allows creativity to thrive. Our differences are many; however, one central value remains common to attorneys and employees of the firm. We are all talented professionals, devoted to supporting one another so that our client's goals are successfully achieved.

Currently, 33% of our Executive Committee, 18% of our partners and 36% of our associates and professional staff are women, and 29% of our partners and 36% of our associates and professional staff are women or minorities. We are pleased that our initiatives have provided positive results in the percentage of women and minorities among partners, associates, and patent agents when compared to other St. Louis firms according to the most recent data published by the National Association of Law Placement.

To further our mission, we have established an active Diversity Committee to oversee the development and implementation of the firm's initiatives. The Diversity Committee directs our activities in key strategic areas, including:

  • Recruitment initiatives

  • Training

  • Mentoring programs

  • Marketing skills

  • Retention and internal advancement

Our firm helps support and also participates in various recruiting programs and job fairs such as the St. Louis Diversity job fair, the Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program, the Southeastern Minority Job Fair, the Rocky Mountain Black Law Students Association Job Fair, and the National Black Law Students Association Midwest Recruitment Conference. Our mentoring program, utilized by all incoming associates, partners each new associate with a senior associate to facilitate growth and development of the associate. We also invite all female professionals to participate in our Women's Practice Development Committee, which organizes important charitable events, sponsors programs specifically designed for female professionals, and coordinates other networking opportunities.

Senniger Powers recruits and employs lawyers, law students, paralegals, technical advisors, patent agents, and staff without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, or other factors protected by law. Rather, we base all employment decisions on qualifications, performance, and other legitimate non-discriminatory factors. This non-discrimination policy applies at all stages and in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promotion, work assignment, and compensation.

Recent IP Headlines

06/28/2018

Supreme Court Expands the Territorial Scope of Lost Profits Damages

On June 22, 2018, in the case WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp. No. 16–1011, the Supreme Court held that 35 U.S.C. § 284 allows a patentee to recover foreign lost profits when the patentee proves infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(2).

06/25/2018

Federal Circuit Makes It Tougher on Coke to Protect Its ZERO Brand Name

On June 20, 2018, the Federal Circuit held that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("the Board") applied the wrong legal framework in determining the genericness of a number of The Coca-Cola Company's ("Coca-Cola") registered trademarks incorporating the term ZERO. The court vacated the Board's decision, and remanded the case back to the Board for further proceedings consistent with its ruling.

05/03/2018

Chambers USA Recognizes Senniger Powers, Three Partners

Once again, Chambers USA has recognized Senniger Powers for its high-quality professionals and expertise in the intellectual property field.

05/01/2018

Supreme Court:  IPR Patent Challenges Survive, with Modification

On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court decided two cases involving patent law: Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC and SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu. 

01/09/2018

Federal Circuit Rules Ban on Scandalous and Immoral Trademarks Unconstitutional

On December 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit held that the Lanham Act’s ban on registering scandalous or immoral marks is an unconstitutional restriction of free speech.

01/01/2018

Tietz Named as New Partner

Senniger Powers is pleased to announce that Paul D. Tietz has been elected to the partnership effective January 2018.

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