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Ann Defranco
Patent Attorney


Ann Defranco

Patent Attorney

JD, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado

BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan


(303) 255-3588


Ann is a patent attorney at Setter Roche Smith & Shellenberger LLP whose practice includes patent and trademark prosecution in a variety of fields, including aerospace, software, and factory automation.  Ann pursued patent law after a varied career in academia, research, and engineering.  Ann's experience includes instructing in the Department of Applied Math at the University of Colorado, as well as engineering positions with Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, CA, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  

Ann has worked with a variety of technologies, including:

  • 5G and Telecommunications

  • Control Systems

  • Biomedical Technology

  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality

  • Asset Management and Monitoring Systems, including EVs

  • Productivity Software

  • Flow Visualization Technology

Areas of Practice:

  • U.S. and International Patent Preparation and Prosecution

  • Patent Analysis and Opinions

  • Trademarks

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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