Professional Biography

Michael R. Henson Partner

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2300

    F +1.303.291.2400


    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO 80202-5255




Michael Henson, a partner with the firm's Intellectual Property practice, provides seasoned intellectual property counsel to businesses of varying sizes that trust him to employ his wide-ranging intellectual property prosecution and litigation experience to achieve positive results.

Combining extensive patent and trademark prosecution experience with a litigation background, Michael offers his clients a unique approach to their sophisticated intellectual property needs. Michael is a registered patent attorney whose practice emphases patent prosecution, patent litigation, and strategic patent portfolio management and analysis. Businesses spanning a diverse array of technologies regularly engage Michael to help develop, protect and monetize intellectual property. Michael is adept at handling intellectual property procurement, transactional, and enforcement matters in the United States and abroad, and in particular, regularly assists clients with infringement, freedom-to-operate and validity opinions, patent prosecution, trademark, and related licensing matters. Michael is also experienced in virtually all phases of patent, trademark and other types of intellectual property law, including appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Michael has extensive experience in a wide variety of technological disciplines and has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patents (or had related litigation experience) in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, specifically including technology related to digital and analog circuits, power distribution devices, semiconductors, encryption, authentication, e-commerce, real time (streaming) communications, signal processing, data storage, graphical user interfaces, disposable medical devices, ultrasonic signal detection, vehicle systems, spinal cord stimulation, medical (oncology) revenue regeneration software, medical billing practice management systems, prosthetics, aircraft superchargers, shipping products and systems, baby goods, locking devices, hitch devices, cartridge filling apparatuses, dental devices, sporting goods, expandable/collapsible canopies and various other electrical and mechanical products.

Michael is an Associate Editor for “Frontiers in Blockchain,” the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to blockchain from a scientific publisher.

Prior to launching his legal career, Michael worked as a co-op engineer in the steel industry. He also worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, with top secret clearances, while obtaining his degree in electrical engineering.

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Professional Recognition

  • Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2014 - 2021 (Recognizing the World’s Leading Patent Professionals)


  • Certified Blockchain Developer Ethereum (CBDE)
  • Certified Blockchain Solution Architect (CBSA)
  • Certified Blockchain Business Foundations (CBBF)

Certificates of Completion

  • Blockchain Architecture
  • Introduction to Hyperledger Fabric and Composer
  • Ethereum Developer
  • Blockchain Overview: Business Foundations
  • Blockchain Security Training
  • CORDA             
  • Blockchain Healthcare
  • Data Science
  • IoT and Blockchain

Professional Leadership

  • Intellectual Property Working Group for the Government Blockchain Association, Chair
  • Colorado IP American Inn of Court, Board Member and co-chair of membership and finance committees
  • Accord Project (Smart Legal Contracts), Contributor
  • Government Blockchain Association (GBA), Member
  • Ethereum Enterprise Alliance, Member
  • Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (GLBC), Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, IP Section, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Patent Litigation and Trademark Committees Member
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member

Related Employment

  • Holland & Hart, LLP, Denver, CO, Partner, 2008 - 2013
  • Michael R. Henson & Associates, LLC, Centennial, CO, Managing Member, 2007 - 2008
  • Martin & Henson, PC, Lakewood, CO, Shareholder and Associate, 1995 - 2007
  • Central Intelligence Agency, Langley, VA, Engineer, 1990 - 1992
  • Inland Steel Company, East Chicago, IN, Engineer, 1988 - 1990





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Northwestern University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1992