Justin Krieger serves as the Managing Partner of the firm's Denver office. He is a first chair inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR) litigator with an over 90% win rate in both challenging third party patents and defending against patent challenges brought before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB). He also serves as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he teaches a course on PTAB studies. As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Krieger also focuses on district court and ITC litigation, client counseling, and patent prosecution. His technical focus includes chemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology, medical devices, metallurgy, nanotechnology, mechanical engineering and consumer products. He has significant experience managing large domestic and international patent portfolios in these industries.
Mr. Krieger lectures and publishes frequently on various intellectual property topics, including the America Invents Act, the “on sale” bar to patentability, IPR and PGR proceedings, best practices in drafting patent applications and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.
Mr. Krieger was was recognized in 2024 by The Best Lawyers in America® for Patent Law. He was recommended by Legal 500 US in 2018, 2020 and 2021 for Patent Prosecution. Mr. Krieger was named a top patent practitioner in 2023 and the five years immediately preceding by IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners. He was recognized as an “IP Star” in 2022 and 2023 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. In 2021, Mr. Krieger was listed in Barrister's Best and selected as the “People’s Choice” Best IP Litigator by Law Week Colorado.
While attending law school, Mr. Krieger was a member of the Florida Law Review.
Mr. Krieger supervises a post-grant patent practice team that has consistently obtained favorable results for the firm’s clients. He has served as lead counsel in well over 20 IPR and PGR proceedings, representing clients both as petitioner and patent owner. Mr. Krieger has repeatedly beaten the odds: representing Patent Owners, he successfully achieved denial of institution in 8 IPRs, and won 5 IPRs after trial. All five cases going to trial resulted in the validation of all instituted claims—a result achieved in fewer than 5% of IPR proceedings. Representing client TerraLithium LLC, in 2020-2021, Mr. Krieger achieved complete victories in 7 IPRs, with institution denied or all patent claims affirmed after trial for all 7 different patents.
Representing Petitioners, Mr. Krieger has been equally successful: In 2017, Mr. Krieger successfully represented Petitioner in two IPRs, resulting in the Patent Owner requesting adverse judgment. In 2018, Mr. Krieger successfully took three IPRs to trial on behalf of Petitioner. In 2019, he achieved another win as IPR petitioner, resulting in an early grant of a client’s motion to terminate the proceeding on terms highly favorable for the client.
Mr. Krieger also actively prepares non-infringement and validity opinions including comprehensive freedom-to-operate (FTO) analyses in the chemical, polymer, medical device, and mechanical arts from both due diligence and litigation perspectives. Mr. Krieger also has been actively involved in numerous patent litigation matters and has participated in all phases of discovery, claim construction (Markman hearings), trial, and appeals. He is also experienced in Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
Mr. Krieger leads a patent prosecution team for clients in the fields of industrial chemistry and chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, medical devices and analytical instruments.
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Post Grant Proceedings
A Distillation of the USPTO’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: “Changes under Consideration to Discretionary Institution Practices, Petitioner Word-Count Limits, and Settlement Practices for America Invents Act Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” 88 Fed. Reg. 24503-24518 (Apr. 21, 2023).
University of Florida College of Law J.D. (1999)
College of William and Mary B.S. (1995) Chemistry
District of Columbia (2002)
New York (2000)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, PTAB Practice
American Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
PTAB Bar Association
PTAB and TTAB Committee (Federal Circuit Bar Association)
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Intellectual Property Owners Association
American Chemical Society (ACS)
ACS Division of Chemical Education, Board of Trustees (2020-2022)
ACS Committee on Patents and Related Matters (2020-2022)
ITC Trial Lawyers Association
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