Christopher R. Stanton

1801 California Street, Suite 3300
Denver, CO 80202
D: 303.357.1647
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Eileen L. Ellefsen


University of Colorado
J.D., 2012

UCLA Anderson’s School of Business
MBA, Finance and Strategy Emphasis, 2006

University of Colorado
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2001
Minor, Computer Science

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado State Bar, 2012

Professional Affiliations

Denver Business Series: Board Member
The Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court: Member
Colorado Bar Association – IP Section: Member
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association: Member

Publications & Speaking

USPTO's Ban on Immoral and Scandalous Marks Unconstitutional, SCOTUS Says, Law Week Colorado, July 1, 2019

The Cannabis Branding Bind, ColoradoBIZ, June 26, 2018

Pot Shots, The Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys, October 2017

Intellectual Property Protection for the Emerging Colorado Company, Denver Business Series Legal Café, October 20, 2016

Each discrete act of copying gets the full three year statute of limitation:  the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Petrella v. MGM, co-authored with Katherine Muller, Lexology, June 2014

“IP Protection In Budding Pot Industry,” Law Week Colorado, March 3, 2014

The M&G Edge CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.: The Federal Circuit’s Fractured Decision Fails to Resolve the Question of Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions, May 15, 2013

Presenter, Careers in Intellectual Property Law, National Society for Black Engineers, March 2013

Presenter, Careers in Intellectual Property Law, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers National Conference, November 2012


“Marijuana Companies Try to Protect The Intellectual Property Of Their Pot Brands,” Main Street, New York, March 28, 2014

Christopher is an intellectual property attorney with Merchant & Gould’s Denver office, where he works with new business ventures in the areas of trademark and patent prosecution, licensing and clearance work. He manages global patent and trademark portfolios for several high-growth clients.

Christopher helps acquire and leverage intellectual property to drive business value, competitively position a company in the marketplace, and prepare companies for investment and acquisition.

Focused on Business Success

Christopher’s approach relies on communicating and collaborating with his clients to create a tailor-made intellectual property plan. By fostering a deep relationship with his clients, Christopher works to understand each business’s needs. This aids in devising an impactful intellectual property strategy to meet those needs in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Through Christopher’s strategic and practical approach, companies capture and extract the most value from their innovations and brand expertise.

True Support for Cannabis Companies

Christopher manages international and national trademark and patent portfolios for companies in the emerging cannabis and cannabis-support industries. He has led cross-national licensing deals for major cannabis brands, secured utility patents on cannabis technologies, and advised and assisted in protecting viable plant strains.  

Involved in intellectual property in the cannabis space since 2013, he is experienced and well-versed in many aspects of cannabis law, including the Farm Bill Act, specific state regulatory laws, and the Controlled Substance Act, among others. This knowledge aids Christopher in crafting intellectual property strategies to best protect a cannabis company’s intellectual property in a challenging national and international environment. 

Christopher’s Venture to Law

Christopher was born in New York and then moved to Colorado when he was nine years old. He discovered a love for strategy and problem-solving at a young age, which fueled his first career in engineering. While working for Anheuser-Busch, he pursued his MBA where he discovered a love for creating solutions that make cost-effective sense.

After venturing into consulting, Christopher’s need to problem-solve and his intellectual curiosity led him to a legal career in intellectual property. He never looked back.

When Christopher isn’t navigating the law for his clients, he is spending time with his family and young son or playing guitar. And, of course, taking advantage of all the great skiing Colorado has to offer.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation

Do you have a new business venture? Are you thinking about how to strategically manage your company’s intellectual property?

When you want an intellectual property attorney who understands the importance of law and how it affects your business, call Christopher today. Call him today at 303-357-1647 or send him an email.


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