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Michael Tonkinson

Of Counsel

1800 Broadway, Suite 300, Boulder, CO 80302

Mike focuses his practice on prosecuting and defending clients’ patents in proceedings before the USPTO and the federal courts. 

Mike prepares and prosecutes patents for sophisticated patent holders largely within the telecommunications, electronics and computer fields. His training and experience as an electrical engineer gives him the ability to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of the patent process, from invention through enforcement. He defends clients accused of patent infringement and enforces clients’ patent rights before federal district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. Mike’s extensive litigation background informs his prosecution counsel, as he has a unique vantage with experience from multiple perspectives.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Mike practiced for several years at two firms in Silicon Valley, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Dickstein Shapiro.


Preparation and Prosecution
  • Patent portfolio development and management
  • Domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution
  • Claim analysis and construction
  • Standards-related patents
Opinions and Counseling
  • Patent infringement and validity analysis
  • Non-infringement/invalidity opinions
  • Product design counseling
Patent Licensing and Due Diligence
  • Product clearances
Pre-litigation and Litigation Strategies
  • Inter Partes Review (IPRs)
  • Post-Grant Review Proceedings (PGRs)
  • Pre-litigation strategies
  • Patent litigation and representation before the PTAB, Federal District Courts

Electrical/Electronic/Computer Science
Wireless telecommunications, standards-related technologies, fiber-optic communications components and networks, optics, encryption for communication networks, electronic design automation, transistor design, micro-electromechanical (MEMS), accelerometers, and gyroscopes

Medical Devices 
Patient-monitoring devices, ophthalmic imaging devices


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Northern California Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2014

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