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News & Events

Vice Chair for AIPLA

Rachel Carnaggio has been selected to serve a two year term as Vice Chair of the Special Committee on Pro Bono for the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Congratulations, Rachel!

HPD Fun in the Sun with Seagate

HPD had a great day with Seagate at the Rockies game on September 13th. Here are some photos of their awesome day:


Rachel Carnaggio for STEM Denver

Congratulations to Rachel Carnaggio who has been elected to the Board of Directors of Girls in STEM Denver, a non-profit organization that provides numerous pathways for middle school and high school girls to explore various STEM industries and careers.
If there is interest in sponsoring events or hosting and acquainting girls with STEM skills, please contact
Rachel Carnaggio via phone or email: 720-204-3234,,

Inventor’s Day: Part 1 at The University of Wisconsin – River Falls

The University of Wisconsin – River Falls welcomes independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses to learn how innovation changes lives with Elijah J. McCoy from the Midwest Regional USPTO.  Please join Mara DeBoe to learn about how innovation plays a key role in our society and get a glimpse behind the scenes from the USPTO.  There is no fee to attend, but space is limited. Please follow the link for more details and registration for Inventor’s Day: Part 1.

Identifying Intellectual Property and Brand Protection – Meetup Speaking Engagement

On September 25th, Rick Holzer and Judi Keene will be expert, guest speakers at a Meetup event on Identifying Intellectual Property and Brand Protection. AnythingDATA is proud to host this informative session to educate everyone from entrepreneurs to established businesses on what is intellectual property and why does it matter? Please join us! More details on the event can be found on Meetup

The Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Chirag Patel is really excited about the beginning of this year’s programs at the Colorado Intellectual Property Inn of Court feels honored to have been elected the Vice President for this year. We’re looking forward to working with Nancy Dempsey and Cecily Winmill.

Leads By Example Networking Group

Where the belief that networking = relationship building. Mara DeBoe attended the semi-annual luncheon for the Leads By Example Networking Group at Station 280 in St. Paul, MN. Good food, good people and good contacts! Please join Mara at the next Leads By Example meeting, held every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at the Roseville West Building, located at 2277 W. Hwy. 36, Roseville, MN 55113 in the 2nd floor Conference Room.

Small Business Planning

The Twin Cities Small & Emerging Growth Companies (SEGC) Resource Group held their monthly meeting on August 23 at 6:45 am in St. Louis Park.  This month’s speaker was Ron Eckstam, who discussed how to prepare an exit plan from the company and why you should have one even if you are not planning to yet retire.  Ron told about the ups and downs that occurred when selling his own business 20+ years ago. He now helps small businesses set up the basic exit plan.

USPTO visit to St. Croix Valley

The USPTO visited the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center in River Falls, WI on Wednesday, Aug. 22.  Supervisory Examiner Gwen Blackwell and Alford Kindred, Outreach Assistant Regional Director covered “intellectual Property Basics and Local Inventor Resources” for individuals and small businesses.  The USPTO discussed the resources available through the USPTO for researching, preparing and filing your trademark and patent applications.  Representatives from the University of Wisconsin “WiSys” program presented what resources they have available for prototyping, app creation, marketing, and overall business guidance.


Happy 7th Anniversary to the Firm!

On July 1, 2011, HolzerIPLaw opened in some empty offices at a friend’s telecom company in the Denver Technology Center. After seven busy years and a rebranding to Holzer Patel Drennan, we are going strong and looking forward to continued growth. We are working hard to develop new practice areas and a wider range of clients and technologies. Holzer Patel Drennan is actively recruiting more valuable members to add to our amazing team. We are working with wonderful, talented people in a workplace that values all of us! Holzer Patel Drennan is well-respected in Colorado, and we are spreading our wings for more recognition and growth going forward. Cheers to the next seven years and so much more to come!

Trademark Confusion between Beer, Wine & Spirits

Beer, Wine and Liquor … oh my!
On June 12, 2018, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) dismissed an opposition to the trademark registration of PIRATE PISS (for beer, ale and lager), finding that the evidence was insufficient to find a likelihood of confusion with the mark PYRAT RUM (for rum). Shortly thereafter, on June 15th, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found that DEAD BIRD BREWING COMPANY (for beer) was confusingly similar to DEADBIRD (for wines). In addition to other evidence, the examining attorney who first denied the application relied on 24 use-based registrations wherein both wine and beer were sold in conjunction with the registered mark. These registrations demonstrated the “relatedness” between beer and wine. Additional relatedness factors were also detailed.While the PIRATE PISS/PYRAT RUM case lacked must evidence to support relatedness, the DEAD BIRD case appeared to include sufficient evidence to support relatedness and a likelihood of confusion.The TTAB further stated that inconsistent prior decisions and actions of examining attorneys have little evidentiary value and are not binding on the Board. See the decision here.

Congratulations Rachel Carnaggio!

Mollybeth Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the USPTO, recognized attorney Rachel Carnaggio at the annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Law Institute on June 1, 2018 for her pro bono work with ProBoPat, a program administered by Mi Casa Resource Center. Rachel prepared and filed utility patent applications on behalf of low-income inventors and was awarded a certificate from the USPTO.

Congratulations Chirag Patel and Eric Drennan!

The Colorado IP American Inn of Court Board elected a new Vice President and 7 new Board Members for the 2018-2019 term.
For the upcoming term, Chirag Patel will serve as the Vice President and Eric Drennan will serve as a Board Member. Congrats!

Rick Holzer attended the IBLC Conference in Germany

Rick Holzer attended the 2018 Spring Meeting of the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) in Freiburg, Germany, April 12-15, 2018. The event was entitled “Freiburg – Fit for the Future” and included sessions on “Innovation and Technology Transfer at the University of Freiburg,” “Innovative Science – New Technologies that will Shape our World,” and “’Death of a Law Firm?’ – The Future of Law Firms.” The Spring Meeting was hosted by Friedrich Graf Von Westphalen of Freiburg, with 58 firms attending from 29 different countries. Rick is a Council member of the IBLC. He also chairs the IBLC Recruiting Committee and co-chairs the IBLC Intellectual Property Practice Group with his HPDLaw partner, Chirag Patel.


Second Wind Fund Gift of Life Breakfast

Rachel Carnaggio and fellow board members of the Second Wind Fund had great success hosting the Gift of Life Breakfast of April 26th, 2018. They raised $45,000 with the help of Robin Hickenlooper and other amazing speakers who contributed to a world class event. With the CO teen suicide rate spiking and referrals to the Second Wind Fund up 120% since last year, these donations will help save many children’s lives. Great work!

Copyright Claim By Monkey Dismissed, published by Judith Keene

On Monday, April 23, 2018, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of copyright infringement claims brought by a monkey who took selfies that went viral in 2011. The court ruled animals do not have standing to file copyright infringement lawsuits. While Naruto, the monkey, did not personally file the suit, the action was filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc. (PETA) claiming “next-friend standing for the monkey. The court, however, stated that PETA failed to allege any facts establishing the required significant relationship and, in any case, an animal cannot be represented by a “next friend.” The full opinion can be viewed here.


David Schachter speaking on Colorado Public Radio

“Why The Google-Oracle Legal Battle Over Software Matters In Colorado”

A major court ruling that involves Google and its Android phone could affect thousands of Coloradans who work in the software industry, and many more who rely on the companies’ products. Click here to read more about David, who has followed the case, tell CPR’s Colorado Matters about the long-running legal drama: Oracle owns a programming language called Java.


Do You Conduct Business Or Process Customer Information In Europe?

As of May 25, 2018, things are going to change…..The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) continues to have major effects on the Internet. As of May 25, WHOIS information that is publicly accessible and available will be limited to
– the domain name,
– the owner’s organization (if any),
– the owner’s state or province and country,
– an anonymous email address or web form (for forwarding an email communication),
– name servers,
– information regarding the domain name registrar, and
– the domain’s creation and expiration dates.
There will be no real names, telephone numbers, or email addresses for direct communications with the domain name registrant. All other information will be available subject to accreditation. Stay tuned as there are not yet any “accreditation” standards. Click here to read Judith Keene’s article on the updates to The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

Speaking Engagement and Client Development

Eric Drennan just returned from a week-long trip to China and South Korea. While traveling, Eric presented on Virtual Patent Marking and conducted numerous meetings in Beijing and Seoul.  Eric’s meetings included our client’s legal counsel in China and South Korea, as well as other Chinese and Korean legal counsel.



USPTO Certificate of Volunteer Recognition – Rachel Carnaggio

At the Volunteer Appreciation event at Mi Casa Resource Center, Molly Kocialski awarded Rachel Carnaggio a Certificate of Volunteer Recognition by the US Patent & Trademark Office for donating more that 50 hours to the ProBoPat program in 2017. Congratulations  Rachel!


HPD Welcomes David Schachter to the Team!

David joins the firm as Senior Counsel. He has over 36 years of experience in Intellectual Property, Corporate Law, Venture Capital, and Business and Transactional Counseling. Welcome David!

HPD Welcomes Amber Barger to the Team!

Amber is starting with us as the new Billing and Legal Administrative Assistant. She is taking over Maggie’s role while Maggie will be our new Legal Secretary. Welcome Amber!

New Shareholder at Holzer Patel Drennan

Tera Smith has joined Rick, Chirag and Eric as the newest Shareholder of Holzer Patel Drennan. Tera will be taking on her new responsibilities at the start of the new year. Congratulations Tera, we’re so happy to have you!

Speaking Presentation

Chirag Patel and Judith Keene spoke with Harris Law Firm October 30th, regarding intellectual property and it’s connection with domestic relations law. Pictured are Chirag Pate, Peter Goldstein, and Judith Keene.




Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day

Holzer Patel Drennan has been participating in a Habitat for Humanity build day for the past four years. This year, the build was October 27th in the Sheridan neighborhood of Denver, just south of Highway 285. Thanks to the participating members and here’s to many more builds!


Congratulations RuMe!

Holzer Patel Drennan would like to congratulate our client RuMe for being selected as a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s Fast 50 for 2017. We are excited to support RuMe in their growth by helping to file and prosecute their patent and trademark applications. Congratulations!

Congratulations Amy!

Congratulations Amy, for passing the Bar Exam! Cheers!

ALA Retreat

Congratulations to Terri Moore-Natal for winning a scholarship to attend the Mile High ALA 2017 Annual Chapter Education Retreat. Terri has been an active member on the MHC ALA Professional Development Committee since she co-Chaired/Chaired in 2014. The retreat starts October 20 and goes through October 21. Congratulations, Terri!

IBLC Council

Congratulations to Rick Holzer who has been elected to a two-year term as a Councillor of the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC). Both he and Chirag also founded the Intellectual Property Practice Group of the IBLC in 2015.

Completed Term

Rick Holzer has completed his term as President of the Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and will be serving for one year on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past President. Click here for more information.

Welcome to Amy Deveraux

Welcome to our new Attorney, Amy Deveraux! Amy has both been an intern and an extern with HPD while earning her law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Amy has officially joined us starting September 5, 2017. Welcome to the team!

Presentation at 2017 National Summer Teachers Institute

As members of the Colorado IP American Inn of Court, Judi Keene and Richard Holzer presented on July 20, 2017 to educators at the 2017 National Summer Teacher Institute held at the University of Denver and sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The presentation was entitled “IP for Apps” and focused on intellectual property considerations for a mobile application business. Rick also participated as an Innovation Judge in the eventing invention competition.

Seagate Outside Summit

Rick, Chirag, and Solo attended the Seagate Outside Counsel Summit this May 23, in Bloomington, MN.



Colfax Marathon 2017

Congrats to the runners of the Colfax Marathon 2017!


AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event

HPD will be hosting the 2017 annual AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event at the Rocky Mountain USPTO from 5:00-7:30, May 4th. The event will include a networking session, roll call and video, and will be highlighted by our keynote speaker, Maureen Berkner Boyt and her Lead with Moxie workshop. Click here to view the invite.

Richard Holzer Teaching Class at CU Boulder

Rick Holzer will be presenting tonight for the EMEN 5400: Product Development & Design graduate class at CU Boulder from 5:30 – 8:00pm. He will be speaking to students about Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, & Trade Secrets; The Patent Process; and IP Strategy & Portfolio Development. This presentation will be recorded and played for the EMEN 5830 class at a later date.


Tea for Women in Law

Mara will be attending The Justice Esther M. Tomljanovich ’55 Tea for Women in Law today from 3-7 at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Click here to view the event details.

Designs on Cheerleading Uniforms Protectable by US Copyright Law

Click here to read Judith Keene’s article on copyright law.

IBLC Meeting in Jerusalem

The International Business Law Consortium Spring Business Meeting this year will be attended by Chirag Patel and Richard Holzer. The meeting is taking place in Jerusalem, Israel and Nicosia, Cypress on March 19-21. Click here for more details.

Testimonial from Black’s Smuggler Winery

“We recently were reviewed by a trademark attorney who was presenting at our annual New Mexico Wine and Vine conference. We received exceptionally high marks for being the business that “Did it right” with regards to our trademark and branding. Thank you for your help.” –Tony Black, Owner, Black’s Smuggler Winery

New Rules for Trademark Applications at USPTO

Effective February 17, 2017, new rules will be in place at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) affecting Section 8 affidavits of use for trademark applications and registrations. “The USPTO may require the submission of information, exhibits, affidavits or declarations, and such additional specimens of use as may be reasonably necessary for the USPTO to ensure that the register accurately reflects marks that are in use in commerce in the United States for all the goods/services identified in the registrations.”

Before this date, trademark registrants and applicants only needed to provide a specimen of one of the goods or services listed in each international classification. We suggest that registrants and applicants provide a specimen for each of the goods and services listed in an application or registration to reduce requests for additional information. If registrants and applicants are not using a trademark in connection with applied-for or registered goods and services, or cannot prove such use, those should be deleted.

When it would be overly burdensome to provide specimens for every good and/or service listed in an application, we suggest that such specimens be maintained in the applicant or registrant’s files in the event of a request for more information from the USPTO.

Richard Holzer, Adjunct Professor

Rick Holzer will teach as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law for the Spring semester of 2017.

Richard Holzer “Barrister’s Best 2016” in Law Week Colorado

Congratulations to Rick Holzer who is this year’s People’s Choice “Best Intellectual Property Lawyer (Non-Litigator)” in the Barrister’s Best 2016 Law Week Colorado. Click to view the article snippet and announcement.

HolzerIPLaw, PC is now Doing Business as Holzer Patel Drennan

HolzerIPLaw will now be known as HOLZER PATEL DRENNAN going forward. Our new name better reflects our management structure by recognizing each partner in the firm. There will be no further alteration to our policies or how we execute our business practices, however our website and email addresses will adjust to emulate our name change: and

Overcoming §103 Rejections of Software and Electronics Related Patents: Leveraging Recent Decisions and USPTO Guidance

Chirag Patel will participate in a live CLE webinar on Thursday, October 6 @ 1:00pm EDT along with Charles Bieneman, Member at Bejin Bieneman. They will provide guidance for patent counsel for overcoming §103 rejections for software and electronics related patents. Click here for more details.

Converse & Jim Beam

After Converse filed suit against multiple shoe retailers and shoe companies for use of its trademarked Chuck Taylor shoe design, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has invalidated the trademark. The ITC noted that evidence of similar looking shoes designed by competitors over the past eighty years weighs strongly against a finding of secondary meaning, which is necessary to successfully enforce the trademark. In other trademark news, the Ninth Circuit revived a trademark case against Jim Beam for trademark infringement for the Pucker logo. The plaintiff, the maker of Johnny Love Vodka uses lips in its logo as well. The District Court initially dismissed the Case on summary judgment, but the Ninth Circuit held that the District Court used the wrong standard to decide summary judgment because burden was placed on the plaintiff to prove the merits of the claims. The Ninth Circuit also noted that a genuine issue of material fact remained regarding likelihood of confusion, sending the case back to the District Court for trial.

Celebrating 5 Years!

HolzerIPLaw is now celebrating its 5th Anniversary! We celebrated in style with a beer tasting and excellent food:


Brexit Impact on Patents

With the United Kingdom’s popular vote in support of leaving the European Union (EU) on June 23, 2016, questions may arise about the effect the referendum, and the UK’s possible exit from the EU, may have on UK and European patent rights and procedures. As it stands now, little will change.

The referendum was effectively an opinion poll. Should the UK government proceed with exiting the EU, Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union provides an extendable 2-year period for a leaving state to negotiate an exit with the other member states. During that time the UK will remain a part of the EU, with all applicable rights, privileges, and obligations. Other aspects of the exit may continue for several more years, including, for example, the negotiation of a new trade agreement.

Currently, patent applicants may seek protection in the United Kingdom (a) by filing a national patent application at the UK Intellectual Property Office or (b) by filing a European patent application at the European Patent Office (EPO). The EPO is not a European Union institution, being established instead by a separate multilateral treaty, the European Patent Convention (EPC). Even if the UK is no longer a member of the EU, it will presumably still be a member of the EPO, allowing the UK patent attorneys to continue representing clients at the EPO. Under the EPC, a European patent, once granted, will still exist as a bundle of national rights that must be validated, maintained, and enforced in each selected EPC country. Patent filing, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement will, therefore, be largely unaffected in the near term.

The UK’s potential exit from the EU may nevertheless impact certain aspects of UK and EU patent law in the future. Even the referendum’s outcome itself may delay or chill introduction of a new unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court in Europe. In addition, after exiting the EU, UK courts and lawmakers may abandon certain EU doctrines and perspectives of patent law. For example, the EU principle of free movement of goods, as embodied in rules on parallel imports, may no longer be recognized by UK courts. Likewise, UK lawmakers may choose to revise the UK’s national patent laws in a manner that is inconsistent with current EU principles, particularly in biotechnology and the life sciences where the UK and the EU have already experienced disagreements.

As such, while significant immediate effects appear unlikely, the referendum’s outcome and the potential UK exit from the EU present reasons for re-evaluating patent strategies in order to anticipate possible patent law changes in both the UK and the EU.

HolzerIPLaw, PC Press Release:

Do you need to update your confidentiality agreements and trade secret policies?

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), creating a US federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. We believe that this new law may have an impact on many of our clients who possess and protect their confidential information.

It is important to note that the new law requires that both employees and independent contractors be notified of certain exemptions in the confidentiality of trade secrets. Without proper notification, employers risk the loss of punitive damages and attorney’s fees that they may have been otherwise able to collect in an action for misappropriation of trade secrets. This requirement applies to all agreements that are entered into or updated after May 11, 2016.

If you have concerns about whether this new law affects you, please contact our office.

Judith Keene, Esq.
Senior Counsel

This Press Release is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, please contact a qualified practitioner.

Colfax Marathon 2016

HolzerIPLaw participated in the 2016 Colfax Marathon with two relay teams. Team one had a finish time of 4:02:56 while Team two finished at 4:55:39. Congrats to all participants!


Defend Trade Secrets Act 2016

The House and Senate passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, effective April 27, 2016. (S. 1890)

The bill will now go to President Obama for approval – which is expected. Trade secrets have previously been protected by stat laws in the U.S. This bill would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to permit a private federal civil action for misappropriation of a trade secret that is “related to a product or service used in, or intended for use in, interstate or foreign commerce.” The bill allows for seizure of property as necessary to prevent “propagation or dissemination” of the trade secret.

In a hearing, the Court may:

  • Grant an injunction as appropriate to prevent misappropriation
  • Award damages for actual losses
  • Award damages for unjust enrichment caused by the misappropriation (no duplicative recovery)
  • Grant a reasonable royalty in lieu of damages

In addition, if the trade secret it “willfully and maliciously misappropriated,” the Court may award exemplary damages –  not more than 2x the amount of damages awarded.

Finally, if a claimant makes a claim of misappropriation in bad faith or in cases of willful misappropriation, the court may award reasonable attorney’s fees to the prevailing party. Additional provisions exist. This federal right of action would not supersede state actions, but gives claimants an additional venue.

IBLC Meeting in Peru

At the spring meeting of the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) in Lima, Peru, Chirag Patel will be moderating a panel discussion on TransPacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. While the TPP has been controversial in some of the participating countries, especially USA, most observers believe that it will be ratified by all member countries.

During the panel discussion, Rick Holzer will address the IP provisions of the TPP and Chirag Patel will address the eCommerce provisions of the TPP as to how they affect businesses in participating countries, especially United States. John Pinney of GraydonHead (Cincinnati, OH) will be discussing the dispute resolution provisions of the TPP, Fernando Rivadeneyra of Vidaur Mora Espinosa (Mexico) will discuss the environmental law related provisions of the TPP, Carlos Alayza of Alayza Consulters Legales (Lima, Peru) will be discussing the Peruvian perspective of TPP, and Roderick McCloy of SHK Law Corporation (Canada) will be discussing the Canadian perspective of the TPP.

First Steps: What is a trademark?

Click here to read Judith Keene’s article on basic protection methods for your trademark.

2016 Annual Conference & Expo: Leading the Business of Law

Cathi VanFleet has won a scholarship from the local Association of Legal Administration chapter to join in the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 22-25, 2016. Click here to find out more.

Judith Keene Appointed to Trademark Office Practices Committee

Judith Keene has been appointed to the Trademark Office Practices Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for 2016-2017. The committee evaluates and suggests improvements to trademark office practices, procedures, operations, and regulations at the national, regional, and international levels. The committee will monitor trademark office developments in various jurisdictions, complete analyses and propose policy recommendations to the Board. Work includes report and submission writing and advocacy in conjunction with relevant INTA committees and staff.

HolzerIPLaw Participates in IBLC Meeting in Brussels

Chirag Patel and Rick Holzer presented an intellectual property program at the Annual Meeting of the International Business Law Consortium in Brussels, Belgium on topics including an intellectual property overview, a hypothetical case study on an IP Due Diligence for a business acquisition that highlighted commonly overlooked IP issues during mergers and acquisitions, and a review of the intellectual property issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. Other program presenters included Elizabeth Bridge, Ceri Delemore, Norman Neyrinck, and Renaud Le Squeren from other IBLC delegate firms.

Welcome to J.T. Lomenick

Welcome to our new Attorney, J.T. Lomenick! J.T. has both been an intern and an extern with HolzerIPLaw, PC while earning his law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. J.T. has officially joined us starting August 26, 2015. Welcome to the team!

COIPAIC Elections

After three years on the Board of Directors for the Colorado IP American Inn of Court, Rich Holzer has been elected Vice President for the 2015-2016 term. Bill Vobach is currently in his second year on the Board, and Chirag Patel has been newly elected for a three year term. Congratulations HolzerIPLaw attorneys!

Welcome to Lindsay Sugano

Welcome to our new File Clerk and IT support, Lindsay Sugano! Lindsay first interned with HolzerIPLaw, PC while earning her Paralegal Certificate from Arapahoe Community College and has since take the position of File Clerk starting on June 24, 2015. Welcome to the team!

Bill Vobach in the Annual Survey of Colorado Law

Bill Vobach recently authored the chapter on “Intellectual Property Law” in the 2014 Annual Survey of Colorado Law, now available from Continuing Legal Education in Colorado. This is Bill’s fourth year writing the IP Law chapter for the Annual Survey.
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Inspire: 2015 Innovation Expo

Mara DeBoe will be answering IP questions Friday, May 1 at the Inspire: 2015 Innovation Expo located at the Minneapolis Convention Center Consultant Corner. Click here for more information.
– 2015.04.21 –

HolzerIPLaw Participates in IBLC Meeting in Chicago

In April 2015, Rick Holzer and Eric Drennan attended the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Rick and Eric announced the formation of an Intellectual Property Practice Group for the IBLC. Click here for more information about IBLC business meetings around the world.
– 2015.04.20 –

Rick Holzer IP Star of 2015

Rick Holzer has been named IP Star of 2015. This is his third year for being added to the IP Stars list. Click here to see all members.
– 2015.04.06 –

Welcome to Melanie Baum

HolzerIPLaw welcomes Melanie Baum to the team! She joined us March 16, 2015 and is filling the position of Legal Secretary. Melanie comes to Denver from a small town near Wichita, Kansas in 2010 and brings with her over 20 years of legal experience.
– 2015.03.16 –

Rachel Carnaggio is Selected as a Colorado “Rising Star”

Super Layers® has selected Rachel Carnaggio as a Colorado “Rising Star.” Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more that 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.
– 2015.03.02 –

Minnesota Office has Moved!

The Minnesota office of HolzerIPLaw, PC has moved! Mara DeBoe is now located in the east metro area in Lake Elmo (just north of 94 off Radio Drive). The address is:

HolzerIPLaw, PC
8530 Eagle Point Blvd., Ste. 100
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

The direct line for Mara remains the same (651.323.2227) as well as the main line for HolzerIPLaw, PC (720.204.5666).
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Mentor-Mentee Program


U.S. Magistrate Jude Kristen Mix, who chairs the Mentor-Mentee program for the Colorado IP Inn of Court, recently organized a tour of the Colorado Supreme Court building, conducted by Chief Justice Nancy Rice for Mentor-Mentee Inn members.
– 2015.01.21 –

Articles in The Docket, Written by Judith Rosenblum

Judith explores issues such as balancing ethical obligations and technology in a law practice and the ethical issues in storing legal documents on the cloud in her two articles in The Docket, An Ethical Practice in Today’s Electronic World and Ethical Dilemmas or A No Good, Terrible, Bad Day.
– 2014.12.12 –

Rick Holzer Presents in Webinar

Presented by IP Legal Network, Rick Holzer, Charles Bieneman (Benjin Bieneman, PLC), and John Kong (Western, Hattori, Daniels, and Adrian, LLP) gave a webinar lecture on what is and what is not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 following the Alice v. CLS Bank case. This webinar provides practical advice on how to handle software and business method inventions in the post-Alice world. Click here to watch the recording and click here to view the PowerPoint. To read John Kong’s paper, click here.
– 2014.12.09 –

HolzerIPLaw Participates in IBLC Meeting in Barcelona

In September 2014, Rick Holzer and Chirag Patel attended the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) annual meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Click here for more information about IBLC business meetings around the world.
– 2014.09.21 –

Rachel Carnaggio Addresses Pretext Investigations in the Colorado Lawyer

The existing ethical dilemma for a Colorado attorney involved in misrepresentation or nondisclosure when gathering pre-filing evidence in compliance with Rule 11. Click here to login and view the article.
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Bill Vobach in the Colorado Bar Association’s Annual Survey of Colorado Law

Bill Vobach has been writing the intellectual property chapter for the Colorado Bar Association’s book Annual Survey of Colorado Law for the last few years. While the book focuses on Colorado law, the intellectual property chapter tends to be dominated by federal developments. The Annual Survey for 2013 was recently released and can be purchased from the CBA-CLE website. Bill’s intellectual property chapter can be purchased here.
– 2014.04.01 –

Podcast by Judith Rosenblum

Judith Rosenblum gives listeners an overview of Trademark law, including some of her favorites, in an interview with’s Mark Gilman. Click here listen to the podcast.
– 2014.02.14 –

HolzerIPLaw Hosts the Second Annual IP Legal Network Conference

HolzerIPLaw, PC will be hosting the Second Annual IP Legal Network Conference on March 27 and 28, 2014. Click here to view the invitation to the event.
– 2014.01.18 –

Judith Rosenblum Writes on Google and the Author’s Guild

Judith Rosenblum, Senior Counsel at HolzerIPLaw, PC, writes, “Google wins SJ motion against the Authors Guild in USDC S.NY on 11/14/13. Google’s digitization of books determined to be fair use.” Please click here to view our LinkedIn page and view Judi’s work!
– 2013.11.14 –

HolzerIPLaw joins Facebook

HolzerIPLaw has joined Facebook! Click here to “Like” and view our new page.
– 2013.11.10 –

Presentation by Chirag Patel

We are pleased to announce that Chirag Patel, a senior associate at HolzerIPLaw, PC will be presenting at the 9th Annual International Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights in Ahmedabad, India on November 10th. The subject of Chirag’s presentation is “Current Updates on the US Patent Law & Recent Decisions from US Federal Circuit Court.” The program for the Seminar is attached herewith. Chirag’s presentation will be available upon completion of the seminar.
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Welcome to Rachel Carnaggio

On October 1, 2013, Rachel joined our team. Rachel has represented clients in state and federal courts, mediation and at trial in cases involving products liability, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences. In her practice, Rachel draws on her considerable legal experience in litigation and transactions, as well as practical experience gained from 10 years as a molecular and cellular biologist.
– 2013.10.07 –

HolzerIPLaw participates at the IBLC Business meeting in Dublin

In September 2013, Rick Holzer and Chirag Patel attended the IBLC business meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Click here for more information about IBLC business meetings around the world.
– 2013.09.22 –

HolzerIPLaw joins the IBLC

In December 2012, HolzerIPLaw joined the International Business Legal Consortium (IBLC), which is an international alliance of select law firms and business professionals whose members enjoy impeccable reputations for service-oriented professionalism. Click here for more information about the IBLC.
– 2013.09.22 –

Podcast by Chirag Patel

Chirag Patel of HolzerIPLaw recently created a Podcast on foreign filing of patent applications. Click here to find the Podcast.
– 2013.09.08 –

HolzerIPLaw joins the IPLegalNetwork

Recently, HolzerIPLaw joined the IPLegalNetwork, which is a collaborative team of some of the country’s best intellectual property law firms and professionals strategically working together to achieve quality results for our country. Click here to find out more about the IPLegalNetwork.
– 2013.09.08 –

Welcome to Judith Rosenblum

On September 1, 2013, Judith joined our team. Judi’s legal experience includes both litigation and transactional matters. Her current work concentrates on assisting both national and international clients with the creation, development, protection, license, and sale of their intellectual property (excluding patent issues). Judi adds experience in intellectual property to the firm and is a welcome addition to the team.
– 2013.09.04 –

CLE Presentation from Rick Holzer

On August 27, 2013 Rick gave a CLE Presentation entitled “The Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property Practice: Practical Patent Practice”, where he provided a foundation and practical approach to the practice of patent law. Click here to find out more.
– 2013.09.04 –

Welcome to Shelby Pruitt

On August 21, 2013 Shelby Pruitt joined our team. Shelby recently moved to Denver from Michigan after graduating from Western Michigan University as an Interpersonal Communications major, with a minor in Psychology. As a File Clerk and Receptionist, Shelby is responsible for all manner of tasks in the office from maintaining databases and filing systems to organizing and completing individual projects on a day-to-day basis.
– 2013.08.23 –

Bill Vobach – New member of the board for the Colorado IP American Inn of Court

Bill was recently elected as a member of the board for the Colorado IP American Inn of Court which is part of the Linn Inn Alliance, an organization of Inns focused on intellectual property law. The Colorado IP Inn of Court works to promote professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills in IP law as well as mentors young IP lawyers in the complexities of IP law.
– 2013.08.19 –

Rick Holzer becomes an IP Star

In August 2013, Rick was named an IP Star in the Managing Intellectual Property Handbook, which lists the top IP Lawyers in the United States. Click here to see Rick on the list of IP Stars.
– 2013.08.19 –

Welcome to Tera Smith

On September 4, 2012, Tera Smith joined our team. Tera’s practice emphasizes patent preparation and prosecution. Her technical areas include data storage systems and devices, semiconductor devices, telecommunications, electronics, mechanical devices, and Internet-based technology. Tera’s addition to the firm has expanded our bandwidth and has brought in a strong background in solar and high-energy physics.
– 2013.08.19 –

Welcome to Lynsey Johnson

In March 2013, Lynsey Johnson joined our team. As a Patent Illustrator, Lynsey uses her illustration and design skills to create the technical patent illustrations for our client’s filing patents. Prior to working for HolzerIPLaw, Lynsey attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA where she studied Illustration Design.
– 2013.08.23 –

Welcome to Bill Vobach

On July 2, 2012, Bill Vobach joined our team. Bill is an experienced patent attorney with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Denver. Bill has a complete intellectual property office practice, and he focuses on patent preparation, prosecution, and counseling. Bill is a great addition, expanding our bandwidth and adding his energy and experience to our excellent group of attorneys and staff members.
– 2012.07.09 –

Welcome to Cathi VanFleet

On June 11, 2012, Cathi VanFleet joined us as our office administrator. Cathi returns to Colorado after several years at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Soccoro, NM. We are all excited to have someone focused on minding the store while the rest of us are focused on our clients’ legal needs.
– 2012.07.09 –

Presentation by Rick Holzer

On July 7, 2012, Rick gave a 90 minute presentation on IP Portfolio Management to the Business Law class that his friend, Charlie Knight, teaches in the University of Denver MBA program. The class of about 35 bright students asked so many great questions that the 60 minute presentation went on for another half hour. (It took only 30 minutes before a question about Patent Trolls was raised!) 🙂
– 2012.07.09 –

Article by Chirag Patel

In recent years, private equity has become an important vehicle for investments in companies. Recently Chirag Patel reviewed an article published in the Journal of Private Equity (February 2012) that discusses how private equity firms create value for their investors and submitted an Abstract to the CFA Digest. The link to the Abstract can be found here. You must be a member of the CFA Institute to review the full Abstract.
– 2012.03.31 –

Book Review by Chirag Patel

In less than a couple of years after its introduction, Apple’s iPad has found widespread use among lawyers. Recently, Chirag Patel reviewed “iPad in One Hour for Lawyers” by Tom Mighell. Here is a link to the review, published in the March 2012 issue of The Colorado Lawyer. (You must be a CBA member to view this article.)
– 2012.03.11 –

New Office

As of February 1, 2012, we are in our new office in downtown Denver on the 16th Street Mall.

Our new address is:

216 16th Street, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Please stop by and see our new digs!
– 2012.02.01 –