George C. Lewis, P.E.

1801 California Street, Suite 3300
Denver, CO 80202
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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.

Representative Cases

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.


University of Denver
J.D., 2002

University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S. Chemical Engineering, 1993

Cornell University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1988


Colorado State Bar, 2002
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2002

Professional Affiliations

Professional Engineer, State of Colorado
American Chemical Society

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals, Colorado, 2017-2019

Publications & Speaking


Presenter, 3D Printing: Adapting Strategies and Curtailing Legal Implications in the Ever Evolving IP Landscape, The Knowledge Group, October 10, 2018

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, April 10, 2014, and April 19, 2014

Presented Patent and Intellectual Property Law at Colorado School of Mines, Management of Technology, EBGN 563A, 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


QuotedPlantiffs Must Wait to Sue Over Copyrights, High Court Rules, Law Week Colorado, March 11, 2019

Unemployment claims by federal employees up in Colorado as government shutdown drags on, Colorado Sun, January 9, 2018

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, Corporate Counsel, January 13, 2014.

Introduction to Engineering and Patent Law, Alexander Dawson School, December 6, 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

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.


Supreme Court Lets IPR Stand but Shakes it Up, by Doug Chartier, Law Week Colorado, May 7, 2018

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


All Media
Press Releases
George Lewis Elected to Merchant & Gould’s Executive Committee
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that George C. Lewis, P.E., partner, who initially joined the Denver office in 1999, has been elected to the firm’s Executive Committee for a two-year term, effective Jan. 1, 2019.  He replaces Tony Zeuli ...
Supreme Court Lets IPR Stand but Shakes it Up
Merchant & Gould attorney George Lewis was interviewed in Law Week Colorado about a U.S. Supreme Court “sleeper case” that has companies revisiting their inter partes review strategyMay 7, 2018 Law Week ColoradoView the beginning of the article ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Listed in IAM Patent 1000
Merchant & Gould offices and individuals were recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 list of “the world’s leading patent professionals” for 2017.In its rankings of firms and individuals, IAM Patent 1000 includes Merchant & Gould in the ...
Why Patenting Is at Its Highest Level Since the Industrial Revolution
Why Patenting Is at Its Highest Level Since the Industrial Revolution By George C. Lewis, P.E. As published in the Denver Bar Association's The Docket, December 2016 The meteoric rise in patent filings reflects a fundamental change in how business ...
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 ...
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Merchant & Gould Ranked in IAM Patent 1000
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, ...
M&G Team Secures IPR Win For Medtronic Against Bosch
On January 15, 2015, Merchant & Gould secured three significant victories for Medtronic Inc., at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “PTAB” or “Board”) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In the three inter partes review ...
How To Measure The Effectiveness Of Your Patent Portfolio
Click here to read article by George C. Lewis and David St. John-Larkin.
Design Patents, a Tool Being Redesigned for the 21st Century
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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 ...
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Merchant & Gould Promotes Two Attorneys to Partner
Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that it has named William D. Schultz and George C. Lewis, P.E. as partners at the firm."These two attorneys consistently demonstrate invaluable experience and dedication to ...
Invention Harvesting Begins At The Top
Click here to read article co-authored by George C. Lewis and David St. John-Larkin
Cablevision: Remote DVR Service Creates Copyright Challenges for Content Providers
Click here to read article co-authored by George C. Lewis and David St. John-Larkin.
The Crocs Cautionary Tale And Instant Competition
Click here to read article by George C. Lewis