Corey D. Hawse


Corey Hawse enjoys intellectual property because it represents the convergence of innovation, business, and law.

Corey Hawse, a Shareholder at Nixon Vanderhye, focuses his practice on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the United States and abroad, counseling clients on IP due diligence issues, helping clients manage IP portfolios large and small, and guiding clients through IP transactions.

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Corey has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting U.S. patent applications. His practice also extends internationally. To serve his clients’ international interests, Corey, has instructed the filing and prosecution of patent applications in more than 15 foreign countries. He has particular experience handling applications in Australia, China, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and Taiwan, as well as with the World International Patent Organization (WIPO).

Having drafted and prosecuted patent applications for clients with extensive international portfolios, Corey has honed his drafting style to comply with the intricacies of the many different jurisdictions where his clients’ applications are filed. He regularly leverages technology, such as CAD and patent-specialized proofreading software, to improve the quality and efficiency of his drafting and prosecution work.

In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Corey’s practice also entails assisting clients with freedom-to-operate concerns and related issues. His experience in understanding his clients’ technologies and products, coupled with his knowledge of the patent rights of his clients’ competitors, allows him to efficiently assess and minimize his clients’ business risks.

While Corey’s technical background is in the field of mechanical engineering, he has broadened his practice by handling matters related to software and electrical arts. His extensive experience in the area of medical devices draws on a broad range of technologies – from textiles and materials science associated with producing medical devices to the software and electronics that control them. Corey’s experience also extends to technologies related to household appliances, transportation, recreation, and manufacturing.

Corey regularly assists large, multinational companies, as well as small businesses and individual inventors. His clientele spans many industry sectors, including:

  • Aerospace/Aeronautics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Industrial & Construction Products & Equipment
  • Marine Products
  • Material Science
  • Mechanical & Industrial Products
  • Medical Devices & Treatments
  • Oil & Gas
  • Ornamental Design
  • Power Generation
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Textiles
  • Transportation and Logistics

This breadth of experience allows Corey to guide many types of clients through matters that range from managing a complex portfolio of thousands of patents to helping advance a first-time, technology-related IP transaction.

Prior to joining Nixon Vanderhye, Corey worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO, examining applications in HVAC, refrigeration, and heat exchange technologies. He graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal and interned with the university’s Office of Innovation and Intellectual Property. Corey received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Saint Louis University, and during college he worked as an engineering intern for the Department of Defense.

  • Missouri
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, 2010
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, Saint Louis University, 2007

Get To Know Corey

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by innovation and enjoy helping innovators translate creative ideas. It is gratifying to help turn challenging problems into real-world solutions that advance our society and make the world a better place.

Where can you be found outside the office?

I can be found in the kitchen; out to dinner with my wife, Liz; on the golf course; on the ski slopes; or watching St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Cardinals games.