Ian L. Saffer


Ian consistently has been recognized as one of Colorado’s top intellectual property attorneys.  His approach to the practice of law is to give clear advice, craft practical solutions, and treat clients the way he would like to be treated.  His clients consider him a trusted advisor.

Ian focuses his practice in two areas: (1) trademark and copyright counseling and (2) intellectual property litigation. In his trademark and copyright counseling practice, Ian advises large and small businesses on worldwide trademark and copyright acquisition, clearance, use, registration and transactional matters, including Internet-related matters.  In his litigation practice, Ian has first- and second-chair trial experience in federal courts, state courts, and various alternative dispute resolution forums.  He has extensive patent litigation experience and has been engaged as an expert witness in copyright and trademark matters.

Ian advises clients in a variety of industries, including media and entertainment, telecommunications, electronics, resorts and hospitality, financial services, and others. He is also the managing partner for Adsero IP.

    Practice Areas

    • Trademarks
    • Copyrights
    • IP Litigation

    Distinctions & Awards

    • Named one of Colorado’s “Super Lawyers,” 2006-2022
    • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Intellectual Property, 2013-2023
    • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2014-2023 in Trademark Law; 2018, 2020 & 2021 Denver Trademark “Lawyer of the Year”
    • Listed in Managing Intellectual Property as IPStar for 2019-2022
    • Listed World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2014-2022
    • Named “Attorney of the Year” in 2004-2005 by Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
    • Recognized on Denver Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” list of business leaders in 2004

    Publications & Presentations

    • Diversity Bootcamp on Intellectual Property, Colorado IP Inn of Court / National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association / Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the USPTO - January 13, 2017
    • Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute - Intellectual Property Issues in the Marijuana Industry (Moderator) - May 29, 2014
    • Association of Corporate Counsel, Colorado Chapter - What You Need To Know About Top-Level Domains - September 18, 2014
    • Association of Corporate Counsel, Colorado Chapter - When Do I Have An IP Problem? - September 11, 2013
    • Colorado Bar Association - Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property Practice : Practical Copyright and Trademark Basics - January 17, 2013
    • Colorado Bar Sports & Entertainment Law Section - Entertainment Law Update - September 8, 2012
    • Kilpatrick Townsend Advanced Trademark Law Seminar - Copyright Update for Trademark Counsel - February 9, 2012
    • Center For Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property - Online Copyright Infringement - June 25, 2012
    • Sturm College of Law Intellectual Property Week - Ten Most Common Trademark Mistakes - November 4, 2008
    • CLE International - The Internet and Intellectual Property - February 23, 2007
    • CLE International - Copyright on the Internet - March 20, 2006
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association Mid-Winter Institute - Intellectual Property Valuation in Acquisitions and Mergers - February 2, 2006
    • CLE International - File Sharing Technology - June 16, 2005

    Professional 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


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

    Bar Admissions

    • Colorado
    • 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. Court of Federal Claims