George C. Lewis, P.E.
University of Denver
University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S. Chemical Engineering, 1993
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1988
Bar and Court Admissions
Colorado State Bar, 2002
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2002
Professional Engineer, State of Colorado
American Chemical Society
Publications & Speaking
Featured speaker, The Photo Show: George Lewis, Copyright Law, interviewed by Mike Pach with KCMJ 93.9 FM, October 12, 2015
Presenter, Trademark and Copyrights for the Artist, Colorado Springs Art Guild, June 24, 2014
Panelist, Trademark and Copyrights for Startups and Entrepreneurs, 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, May 29, 2014
Co-Presenter, The New Tool for Patent Defendants- Inter Partes Review, Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel In-House Counsel Forum, April 16, 2014
Speaker, Practical Copyright Protection for Photographers, Colorado Photographers Learning Group, April10, 2014 and April 19, 2014
A New Dimension In IP Law: 3-D Printing, Law360, co-authored by Paige S. Stradley, April 16, 2014
A new dimension for IP law: 3D printing, Minnesota Lawyer, co-authored by Paige S. Stradley, March 13, 2014
Using IP to Position Your Company for Sale, co-authored by Marianne R. Timm-Schreiber and Kathleen E. Ott, Corporate Counsel, January 13, 2014.
Introduction to Engineering and Patent Law, Alexander Dawson School, December 6, 2013
Presented Patent and Intellectual Property Law at Colorado School of Mines, Management of Technology, EBGN 563A, 2013
How Inter Partes Review Became A Valuable Tool So Quickly, Law360, co-authored with Andrew J. Lagatta, August 16, 2013
How To Measure The Effectiveness Of Your Patent Portfolio, By George C. Lewis and David St. John-Larkin, Law360, February 21, 2013
Presented Patent and Intellectual Property Law at Colorado School of Mines, Management of Technology, EBGN 563A, 2012
Presented Copyright for Photographers, jointly to Colorado Photography Learning Group - South and Southern Colorado Photography Society, November 14, 2012
Design Patents, a Tool Being Redesigned for the 21st Century, BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, October 26, 2012
Cablevision: Remote DVR Service Creates Copyright Challenges for Content Providers, Intellectual Property Today - September 2009
Invention Harvesting Begins At The Top, Law360, July 2009
Intellectual Property Holding Companies: A Strategic Analysis, Intellectual Property Today, May 2009.
A Cautionary Crocs Tale, The New World of Instant Competition, Colorado Biz Today, June 2008.
Domain Brand Enforcement Offers New Challenges Post-ICANN, Intellectual Property Today, August 2008.
The Crocs Cautionary Tale And Instant Competition, Law360, September 2008.
As a professional engineer turned intellectual property attorney, George emphasizes developing and managing patent and trademark portfolios to support the business goals of his clients. Whether coordinating the IP clearance and protection for a new product or handling the ongoing management of an existing corporate intellectual property portfolio that spans multiple product lines, George focuses on creating a coordinated portfolio of IP assets (encompassing patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright protection as appropriate) that supports his clients' strategic business plans and goals.
Drawing on his extensive experience as an engineer in research, design, operations and project management, George develops and integrates IP protection programs that suit his clients and their products, business models, and markets to aggressively protect their market positions and provide a strong foundation for future growth. Because of his diverse experience and his training in both electrical and chemical arts, George is uniquely suited to assist clients in responding to the modern IP challenges confronting corporate counsel, challenges that include not only protecting a company's core business and brands, but also must address IP issues associated with the ancillary technologies and corporate functions necessary to a modern business, such as manufacturing techniques, environmental concerns, IT infrastructure, business methods, internet presence, and supply chain management.
As an electrical engineer, George worked for ITT's Antarctic Services on advanced sensors, including magnetometers, photon counters, radio frequency receivers, and ultraviolet radiation sensors, and for a small electrical consulting firm on lighting and power distribution technologies. After earning his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, George worked as a consulting engineer primarily to the mining, railroad, and oil and gas industries designing and building chemical process systems, including electrical control systems. This work focused on manufacturing processes, water treatment, hazardous waste treatment, and air quality treatment, but also included industrial process development, environmental remediation projects, and hazardous materials emergency response. His consulting career has provided George with first-hand experience in most major industrial processes, including food processing, brewing, oil refining, natural gas production, hard rock, coal and commodity minerals mining operations (surface and underground), railroad, shipping and transportation operations, silicon chip manufacturing, aluminum manufacturing, research facilities, and consumer electronics manufacturing.
George counsels a similarly diverse group of legal clients, including medical device manufacturers, software developers, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers, plumbing fitting manufacturers, natural gas transportation clients, mining companies, water storage and treatment clients, mass media clients, and consumer product clients including clothing, consumer electronics, and sporting goods.
George also practices copyright and trademark law for media and entertainment clients in the Rocky Mountain region. His work includes clearance of trademarks for new consumer and industrial products and services and assisting writers and artists with registration and enforcement of copyrights on their works, including Internet enforcement against pirates and counterfeiters. George has experience in the seizure of domain names from cybersquatters (both via ICANN proceedings and where that is not possible through court action) and taking down webpages and websites that contain infringing copies, works, or counterfeit goods. His work also includes clearing trademark usage in screenplays, clearing copyrighted song and other work usage in videos and films, analyzing script clearance reports for filmmakers, and supporting filmmakers during the filming and distribution process.
For consumer product clients, George assists his clients in determining the best mix of copyright, design patent, trademark, and patent protection for each product and product line. By the very nature of consumer product markets, this determination is made in light of the anticipated foreign and U.S. competition, also taking into account the realities of overseas contract manufacturing so common in the industry.
George serves on the marketing committee at Merchant & Gould, and enjoys ice climbing, hunting, mountain biking, and longsword fencing in his free time.
Confidential Industrial Waste Client—Protection of New Wastewater Treatment Processes
A wastewater treatment company developed a very effective treatment technology using different unit processes from various vendors. It was known that ultimately, as soon as the technology was put in service, the technology would disclosed to the vendors, the vendors' temporary employees, and many other parties. From the pilot data it was also determined that no other know treatment systems could come close to the cost-efficiency of the new technology and that there would be an instant desire throughout the industry to implement the technology. The issue was how to protect the new technology from being stolen and used by competitor treatment companies and by the client waste producers. Through a combination of stringent Non-Disclosure Agreements, identification and protection of Trade Secrets and seeking selective U.S. and foreign patent rights on specific components and sub-processes within the technology, a multi-layered protection of the technology was created. Furthermore, through the information learned about the vendors' own processes as applied to this new treatment application, the client's patents as they relate to the new technology created a mutually-beneficial situation allowing the client and vendors to more closely work together in propagating the new technology through the industry.
Confidential Mechanical Client—Protection of New Product from Theft by Giant, Established Competitors
A contractor identified a common deficiency in a nationally-used product for common plumbing repairs and invented a more effective and less expensive product. However, the marketplace was dominated by several huge manufacturers that would be able to flood the market with knockoffs within moments of seeing the client's invention. By developing an integrated trademark and patent protection strategy that focused on keeping details of the design secret for as long as possible and, upon public launch of the product then focused on developing a strong brand recognition while simultaneously keeping details of the scope of the client's patent protection secret, the client is penetrating the market quickly and with strength. The competitors, because of the risks of the unknown scope of the patent rights the client may ultimately obtain, the strength of the client's marks and the risk that another competitor may buy out the client and obtain the trademark and patent rights, are now competing against each other to woo the client, each hoping to obtain the intellectual property rights to the invention in order to lock up the market.
West Coast Attys Have High Hopes For New USPTO Office, Law 360, June 25, 2014
IP Reform Putting Trolls On Defense, By David Forster, Law Week Colorado, May 12, 2014
Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Patent Rulings, By Julia Revzin, Law360, April 29, 2014