Merchant & Gould Welcomes Three Associates in Denver Office

December 17, 2021

Merchant & Gould is pleased to have welcomed three new associates to its Denver legal team:  Kelsey K. Covert, P.E.; Christopher G. McGillen; and Drew N. Smith.

“These attorneys deepen our practice groups and breadth of technical industry experience,” said Andrew Jagenow, managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s Denver office.  “We are excited to welcome them.”

Kelsey’s practice includes patent prosecution, as well as trademark and copyright work.  As a licensed professional engineer, she has the knowledge necessary to help inventors and businesses across many technical industries protect their critical IP. Kelsey’s focus remains on utility and design patent prosecution, especially in the chemical, mechanical and electrical industries. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering with minors in bioprocess engineering and pharmaceutical chemistry from Michigan Technological University; and her J.D. from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, where she also earned the Intellectual Property Certificate.

Chris joined the Electrical Group at Merchant and Gould. His practice focuses primarily on patent prosecution, but he regularly advises clients on trademark, copyright and other intellectual property matters. Chris has worked with both large corporations and individual inventors across a wide range of technologies including software, aerospace, optics, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, and artificial intelligence among others.  He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University, and a J.D. from University of Colorado Law School. Prior to attending law school, Chris served as a Pilot in the U.S. Air Force and as a government contractor in the United Kingdom.

Drew’s practice includes patent preparation and prosecution for clients of all sizes, from tech start-ups to multinational corporations.  He has prepared and successfully prosecuted hundreds of patents in the electrical, computer, software, and mechanical engineering fields. Drew also provides counsel in various other areas of intellectual property law, including opinions on patent validity and infringement, IP due diligence support, licensing, and IP agreements.  He received a B.S. in electric engineering from Oregon State University, and a J.D. from University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law.