Craig W. Mueller

E: Craig.Mueller@fisherbroyles.legal

T: (303) 333-5438

M: (303) 917-4282

Denver Office

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology

Bar Admissions 

  • Colorado
  • The United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

Education 

  • University of Denver, JD, 2003
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, 1994
  • University of Illinois, B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 1993

Corporate Experience

  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems 

Large Law Firm Experience

  • Sheridan Ross PC
  • Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Craig’s practice primarily focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the mechanical, software, electrical, electro-mechanical, and civil areas of technology. His practice also includes advising clients on various intellectual property protection strategies; drafting and prosecuting design patent applications; protecting foreign intellectual property rights; drafting patentability, freedom to operate, and invalidity opinions; analyzing domestic and foreign patent rights; performing and supervising patent-related searches; preparing and prosecuting trademark and copyright applications; and drafting technology-related agreements.

Before beginning his legal career, Craig was a senior engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, Colorado; initially, on the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle systems engineering team, then as the designer of the Atlas V launch vehicle liquid oxygen and RP1 feed systems. In this latter role, he performed mechanical design, structural analysis, and supervised pre-launch testing of various Atlas V propulsion system components. Before entering the private sector, Craig was a research assistant at Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Lab where he led a NASA-sponsored design team that studied the next-generation High-Speed Civil Transport. Craig also has real-world engineering experience in the civil and electrical engineering arenas.

Presentations & Teaching Experience

  • “Design Patents 101,” American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s 2019 Design Rights Boot Camp, Chicago, IL.
  • “Design Patents 101,” American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s 2018 Design Rights Boot Camp, Washington, DC.
  • “A Seat in the Gallery: A look at the players and alliances in three upcoming patent cases before Supreme Court,” Rocky Mountain IP Institute 2014.
  • “Patent Prosecution: Insights and Updates.” CLE International Presentation. 2013.
  • “AIA Odds and Ends,” CLE International Presentation. 2012.

Publications

  • “Claims with Precise Numerical Values – A Cautionary Tale,” IP & Technology Law BLOG, June 6, 2019
  • “Preserving Patent Rights on a Global Stage: Foreign Filing Options and How to Successfully Navigate Novelty Requirements,” IP & Technology Law BLOG, Jan 17, 2019.
  • “America Invents Act: Next Elements Ready to Take Effect,” Law Week Colorado, Aug 20, 2012.
  • “U.S. Patent Reform 2011,” Law Week Colorado, Oct 3, 2011.
  • “A Fresh Perspective on Design Patents,” The Colorado Lawyer, July 2009.

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers (Colorado) 2017-2020