Luke C. Holst

“I offer clients real-world experience that contributes to my success as a registered patent attorney practicing in patent prosecution, trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation. This experience includes working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. District Courts, and at the U.S. Capitol.”

Inventors face significant obstacles navigating the patent process. As a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Luke gained special training into the interpretation and application of patent laws and regulations. This expertise helps his clients achieve positive results at the USPTO. Luke’s practice also includes trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation with a focus on scientific claims and technical evidence. As a law clerk for the Honorable Mark W. Bennett, Luke acquired an inside view of the federal court system as he participated frequently in courtroom proceedings and honed his legal research and writing skills. With this background Luke excels in brief writing, where he has experience in all major aspects of intellectual property litigation. Past work at the U.S. Capitol further trained him to carefully analyze federal laws and appreciate their underlying basis for passage. In Congress, Luke served as Legislative Counsel to a U.S. Congressman from Iowa, aiding the Congressman with his assignment to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.

Luke’s real-world experience shines in the agriculture industry as well. Agriculture clients particularly choose to work with Luke on intellectual property related matters because of his twenty years of experience as part owner-operator of a family farm in Northwest Iowa. Simply put, he speaks their language and is passionate about agriculture.

As a member of the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups, Luke assists clients with patent preparation and prosecution, patentability, invalidity and freedom-to-operate opinions, in addition to trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property litigation. Luke’s experience at McGrath North, and previously at an intellectual property boutique law firm, extends to a wide variety of technical areas including medical devices, agriculture, mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and life sciences.

Case Studies/Success Story
One of Luke’s most challenging cases dealt with a patent application that had been languishing before the USPTO for over a decade. After accepting the case, Luke drafted a persuasive appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) arguing the novelty of the invention. The PTAB agreed, and a patent was allowed. Since the invention benefited and protected U.S. troops in the field, the issuance of the patent by the USPTO was personally very rewarding.

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Practice Areas
Nebraska Patent Attorney
Professional Background

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008

State of Iowa, 2005

State of Nebraska, 2008

District of Columbia, 2008

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, 2012

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, 2012

U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 2015



Creighton University School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2005

Iowa State University, Bachelor of Science, Biology, May 2002


Law Clerk to the Honorable Mark W. Bennett, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Technology Center 3700: Medical Devices.

Two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Constitutional Law; Law & Medicine, Creighton University School of Law.

Graduate of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Leadership Omaha Class 40

Professional Organizations

Nebraska State Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Treasurer, 2017-2018; Vice-Chair 2018-2019

Omaha Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Council, 2014-2016

Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association

Woodbury County Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Omaha Agri-Business Club

Young Professionals in Agriculture, Nebraska & Southwest Iowa Chapter, Membership & Programs Chair 2019-2020