Curtis A. Vock

Mr. Vock joined Lathrop & Gage in 2000 and is the partner in charge of the Boulder office. His practice involves IP strategy, intellectual property prosecution and litigation, licensing and corporate counseling. His clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and universities. Mr. Vock manages a patent prosecution team that files approximately 200 original applications per year in technology areas such as software and business systems, commercial electronics, power systems, optics and imaging devices, sports and industrial sensors, space and reconnaissance platforms, silicon processing, diagnostics and medical devices. Mr. Vock spent ten years as a design and systems engineer within industry (BAE Systems, Lockheed-Martin, Loral, Honeywell and Hughes Aircraft) and has in-depth design and project experience in earth observing satellites and reconnaissance.

  • U.S. patent counsel for several reporting companies
  • Patent counsel for Omnivision Technologies (NASDAQ: OVTI)   
  • Chief IP counsel for leading renewable energy (PV) company Ascent Solar (Nasdaq GM: ASTI)     
  • Chief IP counsel for dozens of small private technology companies  
  • Chief IP counsel for several government contracting companies involved in research (including SBIRs), joint development and production  
  • Direct U.S. IP counsel for several Japanese, European, Chinese, Canadian and Australian companies   
  • Outside general counsel to several small technology companies  
  • Inventor of more than 90 patents, of which 90% or more have been licensed or sold to industry    
  • Analyzed hundreds of patents relative to invalidity, obviousness, conduct and omissions, and evolving case law  
  • Worked closely with dozens of executives, managers, entrepreneurs and boards of directors in connection with IP strategy, infringement, business assessments, opinion work, and financing   
  • U.S. IP counsel for numerous business and IP acquisitions valued at more than $10 million, and many more at lesser valuations 
  • Lead licensing attorney for many IP transactions each year  
  • Filed several successful requests for patent reexamination; defended clients against PTO reexaminations  
  • Closely involved in numerous venture capital financings, stock offerings, and private placements 
  • Routinely assist a leading university in technology licensing and strategic equity investments  
  • Served for over 15 years as high tech patent counsel for universities, hospitals and research institutions
  • Recently formed joint venture with tech transfer offices of select international universities to simplify and strengthen worldwide patent commercialization
  • IP counsel for DJ and electronic music community company Beatport

Court Memberships

  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Honors

  •  Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013 - 2015

Professional Affiliations

  • Boulder Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society

Publications

www.vock.com  

Presentations

  • Privilege/Conflict of Interest – Traps for the Unwary: University Startups, Inter-Institutional Agreements, Sponsored Research and Licensees (CLE Eligible), February 2015 New Orleans AUTM Annual Meeting 

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  • Boulder
    4845 Pearl East Circle
    Suite 201
    Boulder, CO 80301
  • Boston
    28 State Street
    Suite 700
    Boston, MA 02109
T: 720.931.3011
F: 720.931.3001
Assistant
Karen Jodzio-Head
720.931.3026

Practices

Industries

Education

University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, M.B.A., 2000

New England School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1992

University of Rochester, M.S., Optics, 1987

University of Rochester, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 1986

University of Rochester, B.S., Optics, with high distinction, 1986