Intellectual Property Team

With almost two-dozen professionals, our IP team is the largest practice group at the firm.  Nearly half of the patent attorneys and patent agents on the team have backgrounds in Electrical Engineering, and several more have Computer Science and Information Technology backgrounds.  This emphasis has led to a cluster of clients in these fields  and a team sharply attuned to their technology and innovations.  Our expertise and experience also include Mechanical, Chemical, and Materials Science Engineering, as well as Physics, Biology, and Bio-Resource Engineering.  Our IP clients range from individual inventors and start-ups to the most sophisticated technology companies and universities in the world.

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Michael J. Setter

Partner (Denver)
JD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
BSEE, University of Missouri

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Stephen S. Roche

Partner (Denver)
JD, Marquette University
BSEE, Marquette University

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Partner (Denver)
JD, University of Colorado
BA, Truman State University

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Melanie I. Rauch

Partner (Chicago)
JD, John Marshall
BS Engineering Chemistry, Oakland University

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David J. Bovitz

Partner (Denver)
JD, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
BSEE, University of Minnesota

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Brian Arment

Partner (Denver)
JD, University of Colorado
BSEE, University of Colorado

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Sara J. Bradford

Partner (Denver)
JD, University of Colorado
BSEE, Kettering University

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Les Gehman

Of Counsel (Ft. Collins)
JD, University of Denver
MS Engineering, University of California – Davis
BSEE, University of California – Davis
BS Materials Science and Engineering, University of California – Davis

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Kirk Cesari

Partner (Austin, Texas)
JD, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
BSEE, University of North Dakota

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Keith Arment

Partner (Denver)
JD, Marquette University
BSEE, University of Colorado

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Kristine Yates

Of Counsel (Denver)
JD, University of Colorado
BS Plant Science, BS Bio-Resource Engineering, Rutgers University

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Dave Schaumann

Of Counsel (Salt Lake City)
JD, Columbia University
BSEE, Brigham Young University

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Annie Ochs

Patent Agent (Denver)
JD (2023), University of Denver
MS Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics, Colorado School of Mines
Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines

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Jack Setter

Patent Agent (Denver)
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado

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Christian Best

Of Counsel (Austin, Texas)
JD, University of Richmond
BS Computer Science, George Mason University

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William M. Fischer

Of Counsel (Denver)
JD, University of Colorado
BSEE, University of Colorado
BS Biotechnology, Rutgers University
MS Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology, Lehigh University

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Heidi Wuestefeld

Of Counsel (Denver)
JD, Golden Gate University School of Law
BS, University of Oregon

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Ann Defranco

Patent Attorney (Denver)
JD, Northwestern School of Law
MS Aerospace - Univ. of Colorado

MS Aerospace - Univ. of Michigan

BS Aerospace - Univ. of Michigan

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Kent L. Baker

Patent Attorney (Milwaukee)

JD (2003), Marquette University
BSEE, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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Steve Nicorata

Patent Agent (Denver)

JD (2022), University of Denver
BSEE, Purdue University