Chad counsels clients ranging from garage start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, primarily in the areas of telecommunications, software and electronics, medical devices, sporting goods, and outdoor products. Many of Chad’s clients are involved with computer and communication technologies, including animation software, Internet security, global navigation, database and applications software, electronic commerce, and network hardware.
Chad provides services across a range of intellectual property fields, including patent prosecution and strategic portfolio management, pre-litigation counseling and opinion work in the patent field, and trademark and copyright prosecution and counseling.
Chad also has extensive experience in adversarial proceedings, including inter partes review and other proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as intellectual property litigation at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts.
After graduating from college, Chad worked for IBM developing software and networking solutions, a job he continued to pursue part-time while attending law school full-time. After graduating law school, Chad clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to joining Swanson & Bratschun, Chad was a partner at a large, international law firm based in San Francisco.
Chad has been rated one of Colorado’s “Super Lawyers” since 2015.
Colorado Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Colorado Software and Internet Association
Cornell Law School, J.D., 2000, magna cum laude
Senior Note Editor
Order of the Coif
John M. Olin Scholar
University of Colorado, B.S. Civil/Environmental Engineering, 1995
Supreme Court, State of Colorado
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth Circuits)
U.S. District Courts (D. Colo., N.D. Ill.)
In 2005, Chad helped found American Academy, a K-8 charter school in Castle Pines, Colorado focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); Chad served as a board member of American Academy from 2005-2017 and as Chairman of the board from 2009-2017.
Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, particularly on the golf course, ski slopes and tennis court.
“Abort, Retry, Fail: Protection for Software-Related Inventions in the Wake of State Street Bank & Trust Co v. Signature Financial Group, Inc.,” 85 Cornell Law Review 1118 (2000).