Keith Bae

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

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Grand Boulevard 2555
Kansas City 64108 MO US

Keith J. Bae concentrates on the preparation, prosecution and licensing of patent applications in the computer software, telecommunications, electrical and mechanical arts. As a result of his work product and intellectual curiosity, Keith has developed a knowledge base that enables him to effectively advise clients in, among other things, complex technologies, including artificial intelligence, immersive environments (virtual and augmented reality), natural language processing and distributed ledger technologies (blockchain).

Keith regularly prepares and prosecutes patent applications and provides noninfringement and invalidity opinions. He also advises clients on trademarks, copyrights in software, software development agreements, proprietary and open source software licenses, and other transactional matters.

During his undergraduate studies, Keith worked as a software developer and technology consultant for various internet startups and a financial consulting company. After receiving a degree in computer science, Keith developed cryptography applications as a software engineer at a multinational telecommunications company.

While attending law school, Keith interned with several law firms and a global internet domain broker where he handled trademark infringement, click-fraud and breach of contract disputes.

Upon graduating from law school, Keith worked as a patent attorney for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel in Arlington, Virginia. By statute, the ONR has the authority to dictate all U.S. Navy and Marine Corps intellectual property matters.

During his tenure with ONR, Keith developed his patent prosecution skills at the Naval Research Laboratory, assisted the Department of Justice with patent infringement litigation and trade secret administrative claims and appeals, reviewed intellectual property provisions in government contracts, and counseled various naval commands around the world.

Keith also gained significant experience working with universities and contractors in matters pertaining to the Bayh-Dole Act, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), technology transfer (T2) and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA).

Keith is the principal author of @DLTcounsel, a technology and legal news resource relating to all things blockchain (i.e., distributed ledger technology).


  • J.D., New England School of Law, 2009
    • New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, Lead Articles Editor
    • Intellectual Property Law Association, President
    • Judicial Clerk to Suffolk County Superior Court, Boston, Massachusetts (Honors Judicial Clerkship Program)
    • Law Clerk to the Department of the Navy’s Office of General Counsel
  • B.S., Northeastern University, 2004 (Computer Science)

Bar Admissions:

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Kansas Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
    • President (2017)
    • CLE Liaison (2016)
  • The Missouri Bar
    • Task Force on the Future of the Profession, Technology Subcommittee (2016)
  • Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City
    • President-Elect (2019)
    • Vice President (2018)
    • Board Member (2017)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association


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