Scott M. Alter

Scott Alter focuses his practice on intellectual property matters concerning software, electronics, internet, telecommunications and semiconductor technologies. His experience includes:

  • Developing and implementing IP strategies for protecting and monetizing technology assets
  • Establishing invention disclosure programs
  • Risk assessment and design-around analysis concerning new and existing products
  • Rendering opinions regarding infringement, validity and enforceability of patents
  • Strategic building of worldwide patent portfolios
  • Patentability evaluation of cutting-edge technologies
  • Managing complex patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings
  • IP due diligence and agreement negotiations for corporate transactions
  • Strategic analysis regarding patent litigation

Scott has also served as an expert witness in litigation concerning data encryption technology. Prior to attending law school, he was employed at IBM as a LAN systems developer and computer programmer.

Court Memberships

  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2014-2016
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - Intellectual Property, 2012-2015
  • Super Lawyers® - Intellectual Property (Virginia), 2006; Intellectual Property (Washington, D.C.), 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law Section: Council Member; Information Technology Division (Immediate Past Chair); Special Committee on Patent Analysis and Opinions of Counsel (Past Chair)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • “One Year After Alice: Was It The Right Medicine?” IP Law 360, June 18, 2015
  • “Inter Partes Review - The Year in Review,” Managing IP, 2013
  • “Bilski v. Kappos: The Most Recent Event in an Ongoing Saga,” Intellectual Property Today, 2010
  • “In re Bilski: The Case of a Strange Statute or How the Federal Circuit Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Supreme Court,” The Computer & Internet Lawyer, 2009


  • Panelist, The Overlooked but Critical Stepchild - Assignments and Ownership of IP Rights, 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, Westminster, Colorado, June 2016
  • The Fast-Changing World of Software - Related Patents: Critical Issues You Need to Know, 10th Annual Patent Law Institute, New York City, New York, April 2016, San Francisco, California, May 2016
  • Panelist, The Good, the Bad, the Ugly - Patent Case Law: a Year in Review - Section of Intellectual Property Law of the ABA, 31st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference: IPL Spring, Bethesda, Maryland, April 2016
  • Moderator, SPE Panel: Trends & Updates - Updates on Examiner Guidelines, 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, Westminster, Colorado, May 2015
  • Panelist, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter After Alice v. CLS Bank, PLI's 9th Annual Patent Institute, New York City, February 2015, and San Francisco, March 2015
  • Understanding the Characters of “Troll Land” for Non-Patent Attorneys, 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, Denver, April 2014
  • Potential Ethical Concerns, Patent Disputes Forum, Santa Clara, California, November 2013
  • Patent-Eligible Subject Matter: Implications of Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions, 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property + Technology Institute, Westminster, Colorado, May 2013
  • Speaker, Were You Willful? - The Changing Landscape for Induced and Willful Infringement, National CLE Conference - Intellectual Property, Snowmass, Colorado, January 2013
  • Moderator, National CLE Conference - Intellectual Property, Snowmass, Colorado, January 2013

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    1515 Wynkoop Street
    Suite 600
    Denver, CO 80202
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Colleen Richards


George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1988

Emory University, B.S./B.A., 1985