Heidi is the Managing Member and Chair of the Biotechnology & Chemical practice group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC., a boutique patent firm located in Des Moines, Iowa.
She has been involved with AUTM for over 25 years, having served on the Central Region Planning committee (10 years), the Crop Productivity Partnering forum planning committee, in helping to coordinate the Plant Special Interest group at the AUTM Annual Meeting, and in supporting diversity initiatives for women inventors and entrepreneurs. She has presented on current issues more than 25 times for AUTM, and represents more than 40 technology transfer institutions both in the US and abroad.
In 2018, Heidi was appointed by the US Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the USDA PVP Advisory Board. She was also part of the litigation team that handled the United States Supreme Court case JEM v Pioneer which confirmed utility patent eligibility for plant varieties.
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