Gregory D. Leibold

1801 California St., Suite 3300
Denver, CO 80202
D: 303.357.1642
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University of Colorado
J.D., 1996
    Order of the Coif
    West Book Award Winner
    University of Colorado Law Review, Articles Editor, 1994-1996

Duke University
B.S. Electrical Engineering and English, 1991

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 1998
Colorado State Bar, 1996
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1992

Professional Affiliations

Licensing Executives Society
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Association of Corporate Counsel
    Former Director, Colorado Chapter

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 for Patent Law, 2015-2017
Recommended for Intellectual Property Licensing by IAM Patent 1000, 2014, 2017
Recommended for Intellectual Property Patent Prosecution by The Legal 500, 2010 and 2013
Selected for inclusion in Colorado Rising Stars, 2009

Publications & Speaking

Running a Licensing Program An Operating Company Perspective, IP Enforcement & Monetization Summit, Silicon Valley, CA, April 21, 2016.

Making Denver an IP Hub: Benefits of New USPTO office, Law 360, June 30, 2014.

Co-Presenter, “Emerging Trend in M&A Practice- IP Reps, Warranties, and Insurance, Rocky Mountain IP Institute, May 2014.

Co-Presenter, Strange Bedfellows- Hybrid Patent & Trade Secret Licenses, Rocky Mountain IP Institute, May 2013.

25% Rule Held to be 100% Wrong? Reasonable Royalties After Uniloc, MIPLA IP Licensing Committee Meeting, 2012.

IP Product Lifecycle, co-presenter at Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel meeting, April 21, 2011.

Reasonable is in the Eye of the Beholder, co-presenter at GC Symposium, ACC Colorado, April 28, 2011.

Co-Author, Intellectual Property Licensing Strategies, 2011 ed. (Inside the Minds), copyright 2010, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore.

Speaker at the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Institute (May 2009).

Speaker at ACC Colorado Lunch & CLE Slash but don't Burn? Prioritizing Intellectual Property in a Recession (April 2009).

Co-author, Initiating Licensing Discussions After Sandisk & Seagate: What Is A Patent Owner To Do?, Merchant & Gould Whitepaper: The Edge (November 2008).

Speaker at the 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Institute (June 2008).

New Patent Rules are Coming, co-author, Law Week Colorado (October 2007).

Provisional Patent Rights in the United States, presentation at Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C. (October 2007).

MedImmune: More Leverage, co-author, Law Week Colorado (May 14, 2007)

Recent Decisions Affecting Licensing, Merchant & Gould Boardroom (March 2008).

In Juries We Do Not Trust: Appellate Review of Patent Infringement Litigation, 67 U. Colo. L. Rev. 623 (1996).

Greg loves that his clients are innovators who look at the world and try to improve it by making things better, faster, cheaper, and more accessible. He combines a passion for advocating and a fascination with technology to help his clients acquire and use their intellectual property portfolios as a critical component of their overall business strategy.

Currently the Chair of Merchant & Gould's Electrical & Software Group and Co-Chair of the Licensing Group, Greg's practice is focused on counseling clients in acquiring, protecting and leveraging their investment in innovation. Greg has prosecuted patents and negotiated agreements relating to a variety of technologies, including software, internet telephony, telecommunications, mechanical and sports inventions, and financial services systems. Greg is also experienced in patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, validity and infringement opinions, and due diligence.

Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, Greg spent six years as General Counsel, first for an internet teleconferencing company and then for an enterprise software firm. In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Greg counseled both firms on how to protect and leverage their technologies by negotiating license, maintenance, collaboration, consulting, outsourcing, and other agreements. His in-house experience helps him understand his clients' motivations and pressures and how he can best provide what they need in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Greg started his career as a patent examiner in the USPTO, and he worked as a patent agent before and during law school. Greg uses his first-hand knowledge of how examiners think to creatively craft successful patent applications and to develop relationships with examiners in the office. 

Greg is an avid golfer, fly fisherman, and attendee at his two sons' various sporting events.

Representative Cases

Negotiated sale of private Internet-telephony company and all intellectual property into international, publicly traded equipment provider.

Negotiated high-value enterprise-software licenses, maintenance agreements, and professional services contracts with leading financial services companies.

Managed prosecution of large portfolio of strategically important patent applications for leading software provider.

Performed due diligence and evaluated impact of acquiring a company that distributes open-source code.

Settled potential patent litigation with negotiated license for document-recognition technology.

Managed defense of "bet-the-company" litigation relating to IP transfer and professional services, resulting in a win on all claims and counterclaims.

Performed IP audits and increased internal patent disclosures through patent-incentive programs.

Judicial Clerkship

Law clerk for the Honorable Lewis T. Babcock, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Colorado


USPTO Faces Revot Over Patent Rules, by Jacqueline Bell, IP Law360 October 5, 2007


All Media
Innovation, Invention and the Patent Law Parallel
Merchant & Gould attorneys George Lewis, P.E., and Greg Leibold, partners in the firm's Denver office, were quoted in a Law Week Colorado article titled "Innovation, Invention and the Patent Law Parallel." Written by Sarah Green, the article ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Ranked in IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals 2016
Merchant & Gould's patent practice has been recognized in this year's edition of IAM Patent 1000, a publication by Intellectual Asset Management that lists the world’s leading patent professionals. In its 2016 rankings of firms and individuals, ...
Greg Leibold to give IP presentation at ACC Fall Frenzy
Greg Leibold, a partner in the Denver office of Merchant & Gould, will be a featured speaker at the Association of Corporate Counsel - Colorado Chapter Fall Frenzy event in Denver, Colorado on Sept. 28, 2016. Protecting IP in the Face of Increasing “Coopetition”: ...
Greg Leibold on Licensing Panel at IP Enforcement & Monetization Summit
Greg Leibold, a partner at the Denver office of Merchant & Gould, will present a licensing seminar at The IP Enforcement & Monetization Summit Silicon Valley, held April 21, 2016.The IP Enforcement Summit explores, benchmarks and challenges the ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
Merchant & Gould announces today that thirteen attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which lawyers confidentially evaluate their ...
Merchant & Gould Names Two New Partners and Four New Shareholders
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Merchant & Gould Names Two New Partners and Three New Shareholders
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that it has named David St. John-Larkin and Rachel C. Hughey as partners at the firm. In addition, E. Joseph Gess, Gregory D. Leibold, and George C. Lewis, P.E. have been named shareholders ...
Slash, But Don't Burn - Prioritizing Intellectual Property in a Recession
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Names Five New Partners in Denver and Minneapolis
Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that it has named Andrew Ehard, Karen Fitzsimmons, Robert Kalinsky, Greg Leibold and Rachel Zimmerman as partners at the firm.At the firm's Minneapolis office, Andrew Ehard specializes ...
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11 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2009 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers®
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 11 of the firm's attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars by their peers according to the Super Lawyers® organization.The Rising Stars selected from Merchant & Gould ...
White Papers
Initiating Licensing Discussions After Sandisk & Seagate: What Is A Patent Owner To Do?
Jack is in-house counsel for Acme Technology Corporation. After years of wrangling with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”), Acme was awarded a patent on a key technology; and in the years the application has been pending in ...
Press Releases
Gregory D. Leibold Joins Merchant & Gould, Denver
Merchant & Gould, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced that Gregory D. Leibold has joined its Denver office as Of Counsel. Mr. Leibold practices in all areas of intellectual property procurement, licensing, and related litigation. Prior ...