Thomas Franklin focuses his practice on patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, licensing and intellectual capital management with more than a dozen years of experience with intellectual property. He is experienced in intellectual property audits, due diligence and strategic planning processes. Through an IP Asset Management plan, he tailors strategy to business goals, competitive pressures and funding constraints to leverage intangible assets with intellectual property. He uses IP protection to maintain the dominance of large companies or assist smaller enterprises who are vying to dominate.
Mr. Franklin's technical experience broadly covers the areas of software, Internet technology, content delivery, business methods, clean technology, VoIP, circuit design, imaging arrays, cryptographic design, telecommunications, electronic design tools, wireless communications, satellite communication and telemetry systems.
Prior to entering the field of law, Mr. Franklin spent nine years working in semiconductor fabrication facilities at the Naval Ocean Systems Center and Hughes Aircraft and several more as a senior engineer for Lockheed Martin. At Lockheed, he managed engineering projects involving the design of complex wireless data links, ASIC/FPGA design, digital circuits, satellite transponders, and encrypted data links.
Mr. Franklin has been recognized as a Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by Law Week Colorado. He was honored along with other Colorado Bar IP Section members, for their successful effort to bring a patent office to Denver. Mr. Franklin was the project lead on the team that helped Denver become one of only four cities to land a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He worked countless hours to fulfill his vision of multiple patent offices to improve patent quality through multiple offices that can hire the brightest and best examiners. Mr. Franklin was recognized as a top patent practitioner in 2013 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. The San Diego State University Alumni Association recognized and honored Mr. Franklin with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering.
Professional & Community Activities
Colorado Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Subcommittee on Satellite Patent Offices, Member
San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
University of Colorado, Denver Business School, Advisory Counsel of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Member
San Diego State University, College of Engineering, Advisory Board Member
DaVinci Institute, Futurist Think Tank, Advisory Board