Hissan Anis


Hissan is an electrical engineer with over a decade of experience as an intellectual property attorney. He provides strategic patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret counseling to a wide range of public and private companies. Hissan is a founding member of Avant Law Group.


In patent prosecution, Hissan focuses on electrical, mechanical, and software applications. Example technologies include: gas turbines; aircraft and automobile parts; shipping labels, cards, and other printable products; smart thermostats; oil well drilling technologies; bullets; earphones; seat covers; lighting systems; portable and large scale power generation systems; radar systems; vehicle navigation systems; agricultural devices; printers; regenerative dryers; and several different types of computer implemented methods.

Hissan has substantial experience with AIA post grant proceedings, and has represented clients in dozens of inter partes reviews.


Hissan also routinely counsels clients on intellectual property litigation matters, particularly in cases involving infringement, enforcement, and licensing issues. Prior to founding Avant, Hissan was a partner at an Am Law 200 firm. Before law school, Hissan worked in the transmission and distribution group of a national engineering consulting firm. Hissan has also worked as a programmer for a microelectronic solutions company.


In his free time, Hissan enjoys spending time with his three kids, and playing tennis, pool, and ping pong.


  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Kansas, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2005

Court Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri


  • Selected in Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
  • Selected in in Nation’s Best Lawyers of Color by Major, Lindsey & Africa
  • CALI Awards for highest grades in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Copyright Law and Digital Media, Islamic Law, and Practice in Kansas
  • Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Articles Editor and Senior Staff Articles Editor
  • Graduated first in batch in electrical engineering


  • Referenced in, Tiffany Hu, Teleconference Not Ideal For Mediating IP Fight, June 17, 2020
  • Referenced in, Staff Report, Ex-Lathrop GPM Attorneys Form New IP Firm in Kansas, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, May 1, 2020
  • Referenced in, Chris Adams, Three Lathrop GPM Attorneys Leave to Start IP Boutique, IP Stars News and Analysis, April 20, 2020
  • Referenced in, Mike LaSusa, Lathrop Trio Depart BigLaw to Found New IP Firm, Law360, April 16, 2020
  • Referenced in, James Dornbrook, Three Lathrop GPM Attorneys Leave to Form New IP Firm, Kansas City Business Journal, April 16, 2020
  • Referenced in, Tiffany Hu, AI Co. Says It’s Been “Wrongly Accused” of Harassing IP Attorney, Law360, April 14, 2020
  • Referenced in, Tiffany Hu, AI Co. Accused of Inciting Death Threats Wants Out of IP Suit, Law360, March 24, 2020
  • Referenced in, Lawyers of Color: Nation’s Best, Major, Lindsey & Africa, 2019
  • Hissan Anis and Justin Poplin, Recent Federal Circuit Decision Could Change the Game for Inter Partes Review Petitions, Lathrop & Gage Client Alert, January 2017
  • Author, Supreme Court Affirms USPTO Claim Construction Test, Lathrop & Gage Client Alert, June 2016
  • Referenced in, Michael Macagnone, Amended Sobriety Test Patent Still Nothing New, PTAB Says, Law360, May 5, 2016
  • Co-Author, New Rules for Patent Validity Challenges: What You Need to Know, Lexology, April 5, 2016
  • Referenced in, David McAfee, USPTO Invalidates Luv N’ Care’ Sippy Cup Design Patent, April 22, 2014


  • Panelist, Diversity and Inclusion issues facing IP practitioners, LAKC IP CLE, March 4, 2020
  • Speaker, Engineering Law: Intellectual Property Fundamentals, Halfmoon Education, Overland Park, KS, November 2018
  • Panelist, Strategies for Protecting Environmental Innovation and Your Company’s Brand, Air & Waste Management Annual Conference, Hartford, CT, June 27, 2018
  • Speaker, The Latest Changes in U.S. Patent Law: How They Affect Intellectual Property Strategies, 2016 Strategies in Light LED Show, March 2016