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Douglas L. Sawyer



Doug Sawyer's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and enforcement.  He has extensive litigation experience, including complex civil litigation, patent and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, deceptive trade practices, antitrust and breach of contract.  Doug has counseled clients on all aspects of intellectual property procurement and protections.  In addition, he has drafted technology-related agreements, including licensing agreements, IP asset purchases and strategic alliances.

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA as "America's Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers," 2013 - present
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2015: Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Named a "Colorado Rising Star," by Super Lawyers, 2013 - present
  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, Litigation Silver Band, 2012; Litigation Gold Band, 2013, Bronze Band 2014

Professional Leadership

  • Colorado IP American Inn of Court, Founder and Current President
  • ABA Haiti Task Force, Fellow, present (author of the Haiti Trial Skills Handbook)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Trial Skills Course (2003)

Related Employment

  • Mayer Brown,¬†LLP, Chicago, IL , Associate, 2001 - 2007


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2001
  • University of Illinois, B.S., Biology, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Colorado

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


Chambers Ranked