Christopher Ainscough

Christopher Ainscough



Chris works with clients to maximize the value of their intellectual property through strategic development of patents.  He has a passion for helping clients differentiate themselves in the marketplace of ideas and products.

As an intellectual property associate in the firm’s Denver office, Chris uses his considerable experience as chief engineer and systems engineering manager at a high technology startup, and within national laboratories to help clients build value through smart development of intellectual property rights.

Chris has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications, performing patent due diligence, portfolio evaluation, and assisting clients in business decisions related to third-party patents and products, and opinions on non-infringement and patentability. He has drafted and prosecuted patent design and utility patent applications in a variety of areas including: augmented reality, artificial intelligence, amusement park rides, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, medical devices, consumer products, energy systems, software, and industrial applications, and various design applications.

No client is too big or too small. Chris counsels clients from single inventors with an idea, to global Fortune 500 companies with broad patent portfolios.

Chris has technical expertise in clean and renewable energy technologies, hydrogen and fuel cell systems and vehicles, fossil power generation, systems engineering, control systems, energy storage and electrical grid resiliency, backup power systems, commercial building power systems, micro-electromechanical systems including micro-optics, semiconductor processing, and thermodynamic / fluidic systems.

Education & Admissions

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2018),

  • Kenneth Smith award for highest GPA, evening division
  • Order of the Coif
  • Intellectual property law certificate
  • Academic Achievement Program tutor – Constitutional Law
  • Reese Persuasive Writing Award
  • Hoffman Cup mock trial competition quarterfinalist – advocate
  • CU–DU Hogan-Lovells Cup quarterfinalist – witness
  • CLE presenter / student member of the Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • Merit Scholarships: Kenneth L. Smith Scholarship; Crimson & Gold Scholarship; McWilliams Scholarship; Donald Gorder Scholarship; Michael and Charlene Gustafson Scholarship (two-time recipient); Jan M. and Marjorie G. Laitos J.D. Scholarship (two-time recipient)

University of Pennsylvania (M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2002)

Colorado School of Mines (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1997), High Scholastic Honors


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Colorado


  • English, French

News & Resources

Legal Writings

See google scholar:


  • Jan Laitos & Chris Ainscough, The Paralysis Paradox and the Untapped Role of Science in Solving “Big” Environmental Problems, 30.3 GEORGETOWN ENV. L. REV. 409 (2018). 
  • THE REGULATION OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES AND HAZARDOUS WASTES, Jan G. Laitos (2018 ed.) – student editor.
  • Deepsouth Will Rise Again — The Argument in Favor of The Federal Circuit’s Holding in Promega Corp. v. Life Technologies, 12 U. WASH. J. L. & TECH. 159 (2017).
  • New Opportunities for Small-Scale Hydropower in Colorado, 20 U. DENV. WATER L. REV. 157 (2016).
  • Conference Note, Water and Energy: Cooling Water Withdrawals and Long–term Pollution from Fossil Fuel Extraction and Combustion, 19 U. DENV. WATER L. REV. 125 (2015). 
  • Art v. Nature: The Continuing Saga of Christo’s “Over The River” Project, U. DENV. WATER L. REV. ONLINE.
  • CLEs prepared/presented to The Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
    • Patent inequitable conduct – Nov. 2015
    • Inter Partes Review – Jan. 2017


  • Sprik, S., et al. Hydrogen Station Data Collection and Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (2018).
  • Sprik, S., et al., Next Generation Hydrogen Station Composite Data Products: All Stations (Retail and Non-Retail Combined), Data through Quarter 3 of 2016, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (2017).
  • Kurtz, J., et al. (2016). "Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Evaluation."
  • McLarty, D., et al. (2016). "Economic analysis of fuel cell installations at commercial buildings including regional pricing and complementary technologies." Energy and Buildings 113: 112-122.
  • Kurtz, J., et al. (2016). Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Performance Composite Data Products: Spring 2016, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)).
  • Johnson, T. A., et al. (2016). Development of the HyStEP Device, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)).
  • Terlip, D., et al. (2015). H2FIRST Reference Station Design Task Project Deliverable 2-2, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States).
  • Terlip, D., et al. (2015). "H2FIRST Hydrogen Contaminant Detector Task."
  • Satyapal, S., et al. (2015). US Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Tech-to-Market Activities and National Laboratory Impact Initiatives. Meeting Abstracts, The Electrochemical Society.
  • Pratt, J., et al. (2015). "H2FIRST Reference Station Design Task."


Contributed 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020
  • Recognized by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for Patent Pro Bono Service, 2019
Christopher Ainscough