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Jon R. Trembath

With more than 20 years of intellectual property litigation experience, including several trials and appeals, Jon has dealt with complex legal issues and difficult logistics such as managing a suit involving 37 patents in the semiconductor and telecommunications arts. Jon has also represented smaller clients who depend on their intellectual property for survival.

Jon is a trial lawyer and litigator in the Denver office who has focused primarily on patent litigation. He enjoys working on intellectually challenging cases since his clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and devising winning strategies that give his clients competitive advantages in the marketplace. His strong analytic and communication skills allow him to explain complex technologies using simple, understandable language and to tell a compelling story while preparing his cases for appellate success.

Jon has a clear record of success at both the trial stage of litigation and with appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, winning all of the Federal Circuit appeals he controlled. Recently, Jon prevailed in an appeal that reversed a trial-court judgment with a $50 million dollar exposure to his client, a construction products manufacturer. He has represented clients such as Motorola, Freescale, Robert Bosch Tool Corp., Microsoft, Siemens, 3M, Honeywell, Harman Kardon, Terex, OfficeMax, Vermeer Manufacturing Co., U.S. Ecology, Trophy Ridge, Grouser, Department 56, Adaptec, KV33, Featherlite, Smash, Bay West Paper Co., Digital River, Halo Innovations, Cold Spring Granite, Pari, Carbo Ceramics, Connect-A-Dock, Intercept Corp., Onset Pipe, Powerscreen and Loegering Manufacturing.

While the focus of Jon’s practice is on patent litigation, he has successfully obtained ex parte seizure orders, even with unregistered trademarks, and has litigated color and other trademarks and right of publicity claims. Jon has significant experience with the new Inter Partes Review process at the U.S.P.T.O. As a founding board member and current president of the Colorado IP Inn of Court, Jon works to improve collegiality and foster professionalism in the Bar. He is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property law issues.

At the office, Jon can often be found at the standing desk that he built. When not working, his spare time is spent with his wife and ten children. He also likes to sneak away on motorcycle rides, to fish, hunt, and to visit his dad on the farm. 

Court Memberships

  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors

  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018
  • 2013 Barrister’s Best, Law Week Colorado
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2012-2013
  • Selected among Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s “IP Stars,” 2014-2017
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, U.S. Patent Law Committee, Vice-Chair, 2007-2010
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Colorado State Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Denver IP Inn of Court, Founding Board Member, Past President

Publications

  • Quoted in New Rules Await IP Attorneys, Law Week Colorado, July 14, 2014
  • Defense Verdict Saves Client $50 Million, Law Week Colorado, June 10, 2013
  • KSR International Co. v. Teleflex, Inc. - Obviousness Revisited, The Colorado Lawyer, April 2008
  • The Devil Is in the Details: Managing Technology in the Courtroom, Law.com, Nov. 3, 2005
  • Recent Developments in Patent Law, Intell. Prop. L.J. 115, 1995 
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  • Denver

    1515 Wynkoop Street
    Suite 600
    Denver, CO 80202
F: 720.931.3201

Assistant

Linda Heersink
720.931.3210

Education

Brigham Young University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1991

Brigham Young University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1988

Clerkship(s)

  • Law clerk for the Honorable Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,  1991-92