Thomas Franklin focuses his practice on patent prosecution, licensing and intellectual capital management with more than fifteen 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. Recognized by Chambers USA, sources noted Mr. Franklin as “a brilliant and intelligent attorney who knows IP law inside out.”
Mr. Franklin's technical experience broadly covers the areas of software, Internet technology, content delivery, business methods, clean technology, circuit design, imaging arrays, cryptographic design, telecommunications, electronic design tools, wireless communications, networking 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 by Chambers USA in 2016. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, he was listed by The Best Lawyers in America® for patent law. He was recognized as an “IP Star” in 2015 and 2016 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Mr. Franklin is a recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award USA & Canada from Lexology and the International Law Office. He was recognized as a top patent practitioner in 2016 and the three years immediately preceding by IAM Patent 1000. He was recognized as a Colorado “Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for intellectual property by Super Lawyers magazine. The San Diego State University Alumni Association recognized and honored him with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering. Mr. Franklin was named 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. He 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.
Professional & Community Activities
Colorado Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, 103 Committee, Special Subcommittee on Patent Quality, Vice-Chair
San Diego State University, College of Engineering, Advisory Board Member
DaVinci Institute, Futurist Think Tank, Advisory Board