Scott Brairton


Scott Brairton

From individual inventors and start-up companies to mid-sized and major corporations, Scott helps his clients develop and secure their intellectual property rights through assistance with patent preparation and prosecution, opinion work (including freedom to operate, patentability, invalidity, and infringement analysis), and general intellectual property portfolio counseling and management. As a former patent examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Scott uses his knowledge of the inner workings of the USPTO to efficiently and effectively obtain positive results. Over his 15+ years in the field of intellectual property law, Scott has developed a collaborative and adaptable style focused on meeting each of his client’s unique business objectives.

Scott’s technical experience spans a wide range of technologies, with areas of focus including the oil and gas, medical device, clean tech and renewable energy, and the food and beverage industries. With an educational background in chemical engineering, Scott is well suited for working with clients developing innovative technologies in these and related technology sectors.

Outside of work, Scott is an avid soccer fan and devoted follower of the Colorado Rapids and the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams. Scott also loves live music and attending concerts at any of Colorado’s many excellent live music venues. He plays four instruments (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo), each with an equal degree of mediocrity.


J.D. – American University Washington College of Law
B.S. Chemical Engineering – University of Virginia


United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Organizations

American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Colorado Intellectual Property Inn of Court
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

[Speaker] “Patent Prosecution Experiential Training Track: Claim Construction,” 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Law Institute; June 1, 2018.

[Speaker] “Patent Prosecution Blunders, the Litigation that Follows and How to Avoid It,” 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Law Institute; May 31, 2018.

[Author] “The Fork on the Table: Patent or Trade Secret Protection for Food and Beverage Innovations?” Perkins Coie Tasting Notes; Oct 1, 2017.

[Speaker] “Attracting Investors Through Savvy Intellectual Property Management,” 2017 Denver Startup Week; Sep 26, 2017.

[Speaker] “Intellectual Property Baseline for Engineering Teams,” 2017 Rochester Engineering Symposium; Apr 18, 2017.

[Speaker] “The Art of Managing Your Intellectual Property Spend as an Early Stage Company,” 2016 Denver Startup Week; Sep 16, 2016.

[Speaker] “Intellectual Property Strategies and Considerations for Startup and Emerging Growth Companies,” Boulder Engineering Studios/Perkins Coie Lecture Series; Jul 28, 2016.

[Author] “Helping Employees Embrace A Pro-Patent Business Culture,” CompanyWeek; Jun 27, 2016.

[Speaker] “Intellectual Property 101,” Boulder Engineering Studios/Perkins Coie Lecture Series; Mar 10, 2016.

[Author] “Clearing Up Common Misconceptions About Patents,” CompanyWeek; Jul 15, 2015.

[Author] “U.S. Patent Office in Denver is Good News for Regional Energy Industry,” Niobrara Report; Oct 2012.