Michael S. Wagner

1801 California Street, Suite 3300
Denver, CO 80202
D: 303.357.1635
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Michele Scocchera
D: 303.357.1175

Mike is a registered patent attorney in Merchant & Gould's Denver office. Mike’s experience ranges across all areas of IP, with an emphasis on patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, licensing, opinions, litigation, and due diligence. He focuses on strategically acquiring and protecting intellectual property rights that fit the individual needs of his clients.

From large international companies to local inventors, medical imaging and optics to outdoor sports, Mike has the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed for sophisticated IP portfolio management.

Managing All Facets of an IP Portfolio

To best manage clients’ IP portfolios, Mike takes a deep dive into his clients’ businesses and products. He gets to know long-term timelines, overarching goals, the myriad uses for the intellectual property, and so much more. Then he applies the full breadth of resources Merchant & Gould has to offer to do right by his clients.

Mike’s strategic approach enables him to align all legal matters regarding intellectual property with all other aspects of a client’s business. He aligns goals regarding IP protection with monetization and business growth to ensure clients get the most out of their IP portfolio.

Sharing in the Exciting Process of Bringing New Technology to the World

Each new client brings great ideas, breakthrough innovations, and brilliant technology. And it’s the technology that Mike gets most excited about. He revels in seeing new and up-and-coming tech, learning about and interacting with unique technologies, and promoting the many benefits they bring to society.

It’s Mike’s passion for technology that keeps him fully committed to his work and his clients—he knows the great impact that people are making, and enjoys being part of the process in his own way.

Distinct Experience

Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS), 2009-2010. Prior to attending law school, Mike designed and implemented remotely controlled high-voltage circuitry while working with the CCLDAS team to build a lunar dust accelerator at the Lunar Environment and Impact Laboratory (LEIL). This project allows for the calibration of NASA satellite-mounted dust detectors along with furthering the understanding of complexities in the lunar dusty plasma atmosphere.

The Personal Side of a Patent Attorney

Outside of work, Mike is an active participant of the Silicon Flatirons Center, a collaborative group that focuses on the interaction of law, technology, and entrepreneurship. Mike’s a native of Colorado and a graduate of the University of Colorado. He takes advantage of the outdoor sports offered whenever he can; he’s an avid golfer, hiker, and skier.


University of Colorado School of Law
J.D., 2013
Order of the Coif

University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S. Engineering Physics, 2010
magna cum laude
Sigma Pi Sigma – Physics Honors Society


U.S. District Court of Colorado
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Colorado State Bar
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations

Silicon Flatirons
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Colorado Bar Association – IP Section
Denver Bar Association
Board of Directors, Colorado IP American Inn of Court
Firm Representative, Legal Aid Foundation

Publications & Speaking

Section 112:  How Much is Enough?, Rocky Mountain IP & Technology Institute, Presenter (2020)

The Alice Conundrum, Law Week Colorado (June 2019)

Current Strategies for Responding to 101 Rejections, Rocky Mountain IP Institute, Presenter (2019)

Halo —To Opine or Not, Colorado IP Inn of Court, Presenter (2017)

Silicon Flatirons and Daniel’s Fund Interdisciplinary Ethics Tech Competition – Judge (2017)

An Introduction to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Judges, The Federal Lawyer (May 2015)

The Convergence of Human and Digital Memory: A Call for Consumer Action, 5 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol’y 443 (2015)

Google Glass: A Preemptive Look at Privacy Concerns, 11 J. Telecomm and High Tech. L. 475 (2013)

Settlement Conferences -- Improving Your Chances at Trial, co-authored with Tony Zeuli, Intellectual Property Today, July 2011


Quoted in Supreme Court Has Eye on IPR, Law Week Colorado, July 10, 2017


All Media
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould Promotes Six Attorneys to Partners in Three Offices
Merchant & Gould promoted six attorneys in three of its offices around the country, celebrating the ongoing hard work and perseverance of its team. Effective July 1, 2020, the promotions include Alpaslan Sapmaz, Julie K. Skoge and Paige S. Stradley in ...
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Merchant & Gould Successfully Protects Vexilar’s Patent
MINNEAPOLIS – April 17, 2019 – Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that Vexilar, Inc., a Minneapolis-based pioneer in sonar technology, fish finders, and the marine business, won an important ...
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Patent Held by Merchant & Gould Client IPC Systems Survives Invalidity Challenges Unscathed
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that client IPC Systems, Inc., has emerged victorious in two patent disputes with Cloud9 Technologies.In January 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Cloud9 ...
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 ...
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Merchant & Gould’s Denver Office Adds Three Attorneys to Team of Leading Intellectual Property Professionals
Merchant & Gould, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced today that attorneys Michael S. Wagner, Danielle K. Morrow and Barton W. Emery joined the firm’s Denver office.Wagner, a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School, ...