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Michael Drapkin


1800 Broadway, Suite 300, Boulder, CO 80302

Michael counsels some of the world’s most innovative technology companies in protecting their intellectual property, guiding them in the strategic development and management of their patent portfolios. 

He makes great efforts to know each client’s business, their technology, and their strategic objectives, and uses this knowledge to shape his advice.

Much of Michael’s national practice is concentrated within the electronics and computer fields, with an emphasis on wireless communications, semiconductors, software, and complex medical devices. He also has extensive experience with standards-essential patents.

He leads a team of 70+ computer and EE-focused patent attorneys, agents, and engineers. With his team, they have collaborated to create new automation and workflow management solutions that leverage a sophisticated back-end and the team’s technical expertise, to deliver efficient, cost-effective legal services.

Michael was named the U.S. National Practitioner of the Year for Patent Prosecution for 2022 by Managing IP.

Michael is currently on the Board of Directors for AIPLA, and regularly speaks and writes on a range of IP issues. He was one of three IP attorneys who spearheaded the successful efforts to bring a Regional Patent Office to Colorado, traveling regularly to Washington, D.C. to meet with the USPTO, White House officials, and Congressional leaders. In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the treatise, Patents and Standards: Practice, Policy, and Enforcement.


  • Michael focuses on the strategic development and management of patent portfolios for sophisticated technology companies with high volume, high value requirements. Much of this work is focused on leading the preparation and prosecution of patents in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, he is heavily involved in patent work related to claim charting and opinions, and advises clients on pre-litigation and licensing strategies. He also counsels clients on standards-related patents, patent infringement and validity, product design, and strategic patent acquisitions.
  • Michael regularly visits the PTO, and has developed unique skills in working closely with the Office to advance difficult cases to allowance. He has considerable experience with various techniques to accelerate examination of important cases. He also has extensive knowledge of the range of traditional and new post-grant review procedures at the Office.
  • Earlier in his career, he worked as a Senior Researcher at the University of Colorado, College of Engineering.  Immediately before joining Holland & Hart, he worked for many years at a national IP Specialty firm.  He also has worked in the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and in a Judicial Clerkship for U.S. District Judge Richard W. Vollmer.

Michael has significant experience in a number of technology areas, including wireless and optical communications, signal processing, coding, integrated circuits, software, artificial intelligence, complex mechanical and medical devices, semiconductors, data networks, network security and encryption, packet telephony and multimedia communications, computer architecture, image processing, 3D graphics, and lasers.


American Intellectual Property Law Association

Annual Meeting

  • Planning Committee Chair, 2016, 2017
  • Planning Committee Vice-Chair, 2014, 2015
  • Topic Subcommittee Chair, 2013
  • Plenary Session Coordinator, 2012

Spring Meeting

  • Planning Committee Chair, 2016, 2017
  • Planning Committee Vice-Chair, 2014, 2015

Electronics and Computer Patent Law Summit

  • Silicon Valley, Chair, 2013
  • San Diego, Chair, 2012
  • Minneapolis, Chair, 2011
  • Denver, Planning Committee, 2010

University of Colorado School of Law

Adjunct Professor, 2010-present

  • Classes: IP Counseling, Patent Drafting and Prosecution



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • US National Practitioner of the Year (Patent Prosecution), Managing Intellectual Property, 2022. Also, named a finalist in 2021
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Selected by Federal Circuit Judge Richard Linn and the Linn Inn Alliance, 2013
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, Highly Recommended, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • IAM Global Leaders, 2020, 2021
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • 5280 Magazine Top Lawyers, Intellectual Property: Patent, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Patent – Boulder, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Patent Law – Boulder, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Patent Law, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022; Litigation - Patent, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Lexology/International Law Office “ILO” Client Choice Award, Intellectual Property: Patents, Colorado, 2013
  • Law Week Colorado, Colorado Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • Silicon Flatirons IP Supporter of the Year, 2011
  • Denver Business Journal, Forty Under 40, 2007

Professional and Civic Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Board of Directors, 2019-present

Committee on Nominations, 2018

Professional Programs Committee

  • Chair, 2015-2017
  • Vice Chair, 2013-2015

Electronics and Computer Law Committee

  • ECLC Professional Programs Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2010-2013
  • ECLC Leadership Committee

Linn Inn Alliance
Advisory Council 2018

Intellectual Property Section, Colorado Bar Association

  • Chair, 2009-2010
  • Vice-Chair, 2008-2009
  • IP Section Newsletter, Editor, 2007-2008
  • Advisory Board, 2010-2012

Silicon Flatirons Law and Technology Center

  • Silicon Flatirons Board, 2009-present
  • IP/IT Advisory Board

University of Colorado School of Law

  • MSL Advisory Board

Federal Circuit/Colorado 2012 Coalition, Lead

University of Denver School of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Industry Advisory Board

Colorado IP Inn of Court

  • Founder's Committee & Executive Committee

Colorado Bar Association

  • Board of Governors, 2010-2011

Parlando School of the Arts

  • Board of Trustees


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