Ian L. Saffer, Partner




Ian consistently has been recognized as one of Colorado’s top intellectual property attorneys. He focuses his practice in two areas: (1) intellectual property litigation and (2) trademark and copyright counseling. In his litigation practice, Ian has first-chaired more than a dozen trials and regularly appears in federal and state courts and in various alternative dispute resolution forums. He has conducted trials, arbitrations, and evidentiary hearings in patent, trademark, and copyright cases, among others. In his trademark and copyright counseling practice, Ian advises large and small businesses on worldwide trademark and copyright acquisition, clearance, use, registration and transactional matters, including Internet-related matters. A complete list of trademark services Ian provides can be found here.

Ian advises clients in a variety of industries, including media and entertainment, software, resorts, food and beverage, and financial services. He has been retained as a mediator and as an expert witness in copyright and trademark matters.


  • Named one of Colorado’s “Super Lawyers” for 2006-2018
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Intellectual Property, 2013-2018
  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2014-2018 in Trademark Law; 2018 Denver Trademark “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Listed in Managing Intellectual Property as IPStar for 2018
  • Listed World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2014-2016, 2018
  • Recommended by Legal 500 US for Trademark Litigation
  • Named “Attorney of the Year” in 2004-2005 by Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
  • Recognized on Denver Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” list of business leaders in 2004


Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Executive Committee, Chapters Chair (2010-2013); Rocky Mountain Chapter Chair (2006-2009)
International Trademark Association
Colorado Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment & Sports Law Sections
Denver Bar Association
The Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court


New York University School of Law, J.D. (1996), cum laude
Columbia University, B.A., English (1992), cum laude


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Federal Claims


Ian enjoys skiing, running, and spending time with his wife, son, and dog.