Marianne R. Timm-Schreiber

1801 California St., Suite 3300
Denver, CO 80202
D: 303.357.1204
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Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D., 2005

University of Iowa
B.S. Biology, with honors, 2001

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado Bar, 2011
Illinois State Bar, 2005
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2005
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2005

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Colorado IP Inn of Court
Colorado Women's Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Colorado Rising Stars, 2013-2017
Law Week Colorado's Top Women Lawyers 2014, Recipient

Publications & Speaking

Marianne R. Timm-Schreiber, George C. Lewis and Kathleen E. Ott, Using IP to Position Your Company for Sale, Corporate Counsel, January 13, 2014

Marianne R. Timm-Schreiber, Ajay Singh, Kathy Kowalchky and Gary Myles, Myriad Decision May Invalidate Many Patents, Today’s General Counsel, December/January 2014

The M&G Edge Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.: Isolated, Naturally Occurring DNAs are Patent Ineligible Products of Nature, June 19, 2011

Marianne R. Timm, Protecting IP In Company Sales, Law Week Colorado, December 2, 2013

Marianne R. Timm-Schreiber and Andrew Jagenow presented International Patent Prosecution Issues, CLE at the10th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, June 1, 2012

Marianne R. Timm-Schreiber and Dana P. Jozefczyk co-authored Guidelines for Obtaining a Patent, Minnesota Inventors Congress, 2011.Vol.10

Marianne R. Timm-Schreiber and Dana P. Jozefczuk co-authored, Patent Filing: How to Save $, Time & Grief, Inventors Digest, September 2011

Spotting Potential Patent Issues For Your Clients: Patent Basics, CLE presented for the Nebraska Women's Bar Association, August 4, 2010

Marianne R. Timm et al., Nano Torsion Probes for the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), MN Nano ENewsletter, Issue 5, (Nov. 2009)

Marianne R. TimmCima Nano Tech's Commercially Viable SANTETM Product Line, MN Nano ENewsletter, Issue 3, (April 2009)

Marianne R. Timm and Ryan T. Grace, The War Against Obviousness, 12:1 Nebraska Lawyer 5 (2009)

Marianne R. Timm, Ramifications Of The Net MoneyIN Inc. Decision, IP Law360, (2009)

Marianne R. Timm and Ryan T. Grace, Strategies In The War Against Obviousness, IP Law360, (2009)

Marianne R Timm et al., Nanotechnology and the Intellectual Property Landscape, Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nanocentury, 239-257 (2007)

Marianne R. Timm, Nanotechnology: U.S. State Government Promotion through Legislation, Nanolougues, Series 3, (2006)


Medical Sequencing of Candidate Genes for Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate, 1:6 PLoS Genetics 0651 (2005)

Patents on Human Genes: Analysis of Scope of Claims, 307 Science 1566 (2005)


Patent, Trademark or Copyright?, Super Lawyers, March 2018

Speeding Innovation, Denver Business Journal, June 13-19, 2014

What Is Hoteling? Denver Business Journal, June 13-19, 2014

Top Women 2014, Law Week Colorado, May 26, 2014

Marianne is an intellectual property attorney in Merchant & Gould's Denver office. Marianne’s practice emphasizes patent prosecution, opinion work, and client counseling, including intellectual property portfolio management, worldwide patent procurement, patentability analysis, product clearance, validity analysis, and infringement analysis. She also performs trademark and copyright prosecution.

Marianne’s work covers a broad array of industries and technologies, including:

  • Clothing
  • Computer software
  • Fiber optics
  • Food technology
  • Gene therapy vectors
  • Mechanical devices
  • Medical devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical compounds
  • Polymeric fine fibers
  • Recombinant proteins/peptides
  • Water treatment systems

Leading the Way at Work & in the Community

Just as her clients create innovative new technologies to further their industries, Marianne is committed to doing her part to enhance the services provided by Merchant & Gould.

  • As co-chair of Merchant & Gould’s Due Diligence Group, Marianne helps define and deliver the firm’s due diligence work. She finds great enjoyment in diving deep into a client’s IP portfolio to ensure everything is covered when it comes to mergers and acquisitions. 
  • Additionally, Marianne is a participant in the Colorado General Counsel Group (CGCG) Advisor Program. Through this program, she will continue to build her skills as a leading lawyer in the community, specifically in regard to the best techniques for developing client relationships. The program chooses only a few lawyers at a time—this is an honor Marianne is proud to have earned.
  • Last, but certainly not least, Marianne is a huge proponent of advancing women in law—especially in IP law. She is an active member of Merchant & Gould’s Diversity Committee. Moreover, she has set a personal goal to do whatever she can to increase the number of women in law and the number of women partners in practice, as well as increase the retention of women lawyers.

Dedicated to a Client-First Approach

“Client-first” is a term thrown around by many, but rarely defined. Not in this case. Marianne has a clear client-first philosophy. She fully invests herself in her clients, learning as much as she can about their businesses, needs and goals. She is personable and genuine, giving each client the full attention and respect they deserve. And she always sets her clients’ needs above her own. She’s incredibly responsive, persistent and organized. She’s there when her clients need her, for whatever they need. 

Notable Research

In the field of genetics, Marianne has performed genetic research to determine the cause of cleft palate in humans, during which she found an unknown synonymous mutation in the human gene Jagged 2. She has also worked on several different congressional grants relating to gene and nanotechnology patent research and analysis (e.g., Complex Genetic Disorders and Intellectual Property Rights and NER: Nanotechnology and Intellectual Property).

Getting Personal

Marianne is the proud mother of two young children. She loves introducing them to her favorite outdoor activities, including running, golf and skiing. Marianne’s also a huge Hawkeyes fan (she is from Iowa, after all).


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Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Participates in Denver's Amp the Cause Community Day
Merchant & Gould’s community spirit was shining on May 12, when the Denver office participated in Amp the Cause’s annual “Community Day” – as one of 50 teams, helping with facility-improvement projects for nonprofits in Greater ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Promotes Two Attorneys to Partners in Denver
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce the promotion of Denver attorneys Dana Jozefczyk and Marianne Timm-Schreiber to partner, expanding the firm’s commitment to women leadership and diversity. The promotion was effective Jan. 1, ...
White Papers
Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.: Isolated, Naturally Occurring DNAs are Patent Ineligible Products of Nature
On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously held that isolated, naturally occurring DNAs are not patent eligible, but synthetically produced cDNAs are.[1]  35 U.S.C. § 101 provides that processes, machines, manufactures, ...
Patent Filing: How to Save $, Time & Grief
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Nano Torsion Probes for the Atomic Force Microscope
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Cima NanoTech's Commercially Viable SANTE Product Line
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White Papers
The War Against Obviousness: Tips For Inventors To Obtain Stronger, Quicker, And Less Expensive Patent Protection
IntroductionIn order to be patentable, an invention must be new and non-obvious. The nonobvious battle can be time-consuming and costly to win because the determination is subjective. Under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a), an invention is obvious “if the differences ...