Merchant & Gould Hires Five Attorneys in Denver

Local Innovation Movement Stimulates New-Hire Opportunities
March 8, 2017

Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm with clients in the Rocky Mountain Region, is pleased to welcome five attorneys to its Denver office. The new hires span the last year and include Nancy Simon, Robert Sykes, Ethan Bell, Greg Johnson and Dylan Nelson.

“Colorado’s progressive business culture is experiencing an ‘innovation movement’ in local industries, such as technology, medical devices, alternative energy and outdoor products – and this movement also is stimulating our firm’s growth.  More than ever, idea protection is becoming an important part of this innovative cultural shift.  In fact, Colorado is now the 17th most-active U.S. state for patent application filing,” said Tim Scull, managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s Denver office.

“These five attorneys bring IP experience in growing industries for Colorado, adding depth to our practice groups and helping local innovators protect their brand names, logos, websites and inventions.  They are excellent additions to our firm and leaders in the IP community,” added Tim.

As the newest member of Merchant & Gould, Nancy R. Simon, senior counsel, joined the Electrical & Software practice group this week, with a focus on the identification, preparation, and prosecution of patent applications in a wide variety of technologies, including computer hardware and software, image, touch, force and fingerprint sensors, haptic devices, semiconductor fabrication, image processing, network systems, and color management.  Nancy’s practice also includes freedom-to-operate reviews and the preparation of infringement and validity opinions. Previously, she worked with Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck. Nancy has three degrees for greater legal and business perspective. She earned her J.D. from Southern Methodist University; M.B.A from University of Dallas; and B.S. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University.

Robert (“Bob”) Sykes, associate, joined the Mechanical practice group in October 2016. Previously from Armstrong Teasdale, Bob focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patents in the areas of aircraft engines, power generation, oil and gas, additive manufacturing, financial transaction software, corrugated containers, solar energy, vending machines and equine accessories. He earned is J.D. from University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, as well as his M.S. and B.S. degrees in civil and structural engineering from University of Colorado.

Ethan Bell, associate, joined the Electrical & Software practice group in September 2016, after serving as a Merchant & Gould summer associate for two years. His legal practice spans patent preparation and prosecution relating to software, computer and mobile technologies, Internet-related technology, and other aspects of information technology. Ethan received both his J.D. and B.S.B.A. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, with an emphasis in finance and computer science.

Greg Johnson, senior counsel, rejoined the Electrical & Software practice group in July 2016 (previously with Merchant & Gould in 2012), focusing on infringement analysis, freedom-to-operate analysis, the preparation and prosecution of patent and design applications, reexamination proceedings, litigation support and validity reviews. He earned his J.D. from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and a B.S. in computer science from Brigham Young University.

Dylan Nelson, associate, joined the Electrical & Software and Chemical & Life Sciences practice groups in July 2015. He counsels a range of small businesses, startups, Fortune 500 companies and large universities on IP protection and enforcement of their intellectual property. Dylan earned his J.D. from University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce Law Center and his B.S. in general science and biology from University of Oregon.