April 2, 2009

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes Science & Technology attorney Randy L. Canis to the firm, of counsel. Canis practices in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights and intellectual business assets. His clients include a major financial services company and a major telecommunications company. Born and raised in St. Louis, Canis is “thrilled to be practicing law in his hometown for a growing firm with a deep commitment to its clients.”

“Randy brings a great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge to our current team of St. Louis intellectual property attorneys,” said Managing Director/St. Louis region Randy S. Gerber. “His area of law is one that is constantly evolving and we value the substantive knowledge, experience and energy he will bring to clients.”

Canis prepares and prosecutes patent applications pertaining to electrical, electro-mechanical, software and computer-related inventions. He provides portfolio management and develops foreign filing strategies, including preparing and prosecuting international applications.

“We are thrilled to add Randy to our growing IP practice,”said Patrick C. Woolley, who chairs the Science & Technology Practice at Polsinelli Shughart. “Randy is a knowledgeable, experienced practitioner who brings an exceptional set of skills that will greatly benefit our software and engineering clients.”

Canis says he is fortunate to be able to combine two great passions: law and computers. Canis shares his love of law and computers as an adjunct professor for the Missouri University of Science & Technology where he teaches courses on “Patent Law” and “Intellectual Property for Computer Scientists.”

Canis would be an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

· Computer law including domain name disputes
· Patent law
· Social networking analysis
· Laws pertaining to digital video recording, picture-in-picture, video and content distribution.

For more information, contact Heather McMichael, Public Relations and Communications Manager, 816-395-0618,

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