Ian Saffer focuses his practice on trademark and copyright litigation and counseling. Mr. Saffer handles worldwide trademark and copyright acquisition, clearance, registration and licensing matters, including domain name acquisition and disputes. He has first-chaired more than a dozen trials and regularly appears in federal and state courts and in various alternative dispute resolution forums. He also advises large and small businesses on a wide variety of other intellectual property-related issues, including rights of publicity, Internet-related matters, and patent litigation. He also has been retained as a mediator and as an expert witness in copyright and trademark matters. Mr. Saffer advises clients in a variety of industries, including media and entertainment, software, resorts, food and beverage, and financial services.

Mr. Saffer was named by 5280 Magazine and Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine as one of Colorado's "Super Lawyers" for 2006-2014 and was also recognized as a Colorado "Top 100 Super Lawyer" in 2014. He was recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Trademark Litigation. Mr. Saffer was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2014 and 2015 in the area of Trademark Law. He was recognized as "Attorney of the Year" in 2004-2005 by Colorado Lawyers for the Arts. Mr. Saffer was also recognized on Denver Business Journal's "Forty under 40" list of young business leaders in 2004. He is listed in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property. Mr. Saffer is listed in the 2014 and 2015 editions of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Professional & Community Activities

Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Executive Committee, Chapters Chair (2010-2013); Rocky Mountain Chapter Chair (2006-2009)

International Trademark Association

Colorado Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment & Sports Law Sections

Denver Bar Association

The Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Board of Directors, Member


  • New York University School of Law, J.D. (1996)
    cum laude
  • Columbia University, B.A., English (1992)
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado (1996)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Who We Are

Suite 600, 1400 Wewatta Street
Denver, CO, 80202
t +1 303.607.3211
f +1 303.736.3947

Ian L. Saffer

Experience Highlights

Trademark counsel for national pay-TV provider
Provide international and domestic trademark portfolio management and intellectual property counseling for a leading subscription television provider. more
Trademark counsel for global media and entertainment company
Provide international and domestic trademark portfolio management and intellectual property counseling for provider of subscription video more
Agere Sys. Inc. v. Samsung Elec. Co. Ltd.
Represented Agere Systems Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer, in a patent infringement action related to licensing for semiconductor technology. Case more
InMotion Imagery Techs. LLC v. Penthouse Digital Media Prods. Inc.
Represented Anchor Bay Entertainment, a motion picture, animation, television, and home video distributor, in a patent infringement dispute more