Tracy L. Bornman

Tracy L. Bornman

▪ Prepared and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent applications in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and food chemistry for 19 years.

▪ Extensive work with polymer chemistry (particularly in a coatings context), mineral technology, enzyme technology, nanotechnology, agricultural chemistry, and specialty chemicals for use in the microelectronic industry.

▪ Responsible for over 900 live patent and trademark files globally.

Email: Ms. Bornman


▪ Assists corporate clients in managing and evaluating their global intellectual property portfolios.

▪ Evaluates competitive landscapes to aid companies in identifying technology gaps presenting research and business opportunities and in managing risks in crowded technology areas.

▪ Drafts corporate intellectual property policies and procedures, and assists clients with implementation thereof.

▪ Provides in-house intellectual property training to client personnel regarding invention harvesting, technology assessment, and patent basics.

▪ Significant portion of practice devoted to protecting corporate intellectual property outside the U.S., particularly in Europe and Asia.

▪ Counsels clients regarding licensing, due diligence, and trade secret matters.



  • Drake University Law School – Juris Doctor, with high honors, 1997
  • University of Missouri-Rolla – Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, with an emphasis in Biochemistry, 1993


  • Missouri Bar Association (MoBar)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)
    • Board of Directors, 2008
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL)
    • Board of Directors, 2002-2008
    • President, 2007
  • Association for Women Lawyers Foundation (AWLF)
    • Founding Director
    • Board of Directors, 2008-present
    • Treasurer, 2008-2016
    • President, 2017
  • Sheffield Place (Transitional living and training facility for single women with children)
    • Board of Directors, 2005-2007
  • Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP)
    • Board of Directors, 2007-2008
  • Federal Court Advocates
    • Founding Committee, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1998
  • Missouri, 1997
  • Kansas, 2008

Honors and Achievements

  • Distinguished Counselor Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2017
  • Women's Justice Awards, Business Practitioner, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2011
  • Best of the Bar, Intellectual Property Law, 2005, 2007-2015 (as voted by Kansas City-area attorneys)
  • Women Who Mean Business Award, Kansas City Business Journal, 2007
  • President's Award, Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, 2005