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 300 original applications per year in technology areas such as electronics and power systems, optics and imaging devices, consumer 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).

  • U.S. patent counsel for several reporting companies
  • Patent counsel for Omnivision Technologies   
  • 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 Japanese, European, Chinese, Canadian and Australian companies   
  • Outside general counsel to several small technology companies   
  • 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  
  • 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 20 years as high tech patent counsel for universities, hospitals and research institutions
  • 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


  •  Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013 - 2018

Professional Affiliations

  • Boulder Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society



  • Protecting and Fostering Intellectual Property Rights in a Global Economy, presentation with USPTO Silicon Valley director, January 2017 SPIE Photonics West San Francisco
  • Wipe Out or Ride the Wave to Create Value and Manage Risk in a Dynamic US Patent Landscape, November 2016 AUTM Western Regional Meeting Honolulu
  • 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

    2440 Junction Place
    Suite 300
    Boulder, CO 80301
  • Boston

    28 State Street
    Suite 700
    Boston, MA 02109
F: 720.931.3001


Karen Head


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