Mr. Kovarik practices intellectual property law, with an emphasis in patent prosecution, patent litigation, mediation of patent disputes and in the licensing of intellectual property rights.
With his technical training in biochemistry and molecular, cellular and developmental biology, Mr. Kovarik represents many innovators in the medical device and biosciences fields. Mr. Kovarik’s varied practice includes both patent prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights, often involving the mediation, arbitration or litigation of intellectual property issues. For over 25 years, Mr. Kovarik has prosecuted hundreds of patents to issuance, structured numerous licensing transactions, and participated in arbitrations, mediations, litigations and appeals. He has developed a varied practice directed towards the appreciation of intellectual property values and the pursuit of opportunities to advance the interests of his clients.
Mr. Kovarik is involved with various charitable groups, previously serving on the board of The Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. He has also taught intellectual property law classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, is a guest lecturer at CU’s Entrepreneurship school and presents at various inventor groups in the Denver area.
University of Denver College of Law (J.D., 1986)
University of Colorado (Graduate study in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, 1981-1982)
University of Colorado (B.A., Biochemistry: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology; Philosophy, 1981)
District of Columbia, 1990
United States District Court, District of Colorado
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
United States Supreme Court, 1992
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1988
Alternative Dispute Registration Registry (AIPLA)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Bar Association, Biosciences Division
American Chemical Society
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
California Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
CDR Associate Training
CHV Sanitation District
Colorado Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Denver Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Best Lawyers in America, 2016-18
Colorado Super Lawyers, 2010-2018
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated
Speaker: "BioBreakfast: IPRs, Mayo and a Cancer Moonshot," Colorado BioScience Association, March 2018.
Speaker: “IPRs, Mayo and a Cancer Moonshot,” Microbiome-Based Precision Medicine Conference, Cambridge Innovation Institute, San Francisco, California, February 15, 2018.
Speaker: “Cancer Moonshot: Obtaining Patents on Oncologic Therapies,” 15th Annual Discovery on Target, Cambridge Innovation Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2017.
Author: Intellectual Property Duty to Disclose Guide “IADC Intellectual Property Committee” July 2017.
Author: “A Fed. Circ. Failure and The Constitutionality of IPR,” Law360, 2017.
Author: International Association of Defense Counsel – “What Is a Patent? The Constitutionality of Claim Invalidation in Inter Partes Review and ITC Proceedings,” 2017.
Moderator: "Intellectual Property Issues in Acquisitions and Financing," American Chemical Society National Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2015.
Licensing Executives Society (LES) Winter – Presenter, “Mediation of Patent Disputes”, San Antonio, Texas 5th International Congress of Nano-Bio & Clean Tech 2008, Presenter, “You Can’t Shake Hands With a Clenched Fist”, San Francisco, California Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, (several year presenter), 2009.
Mediation of Patent Disputes: “You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist,”University of Denver Journal of Transactional Law, 2004.
2nd Annual Chris Munch Summer Institute in Intellectual Property “General Principles of Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, Unfair Competition, Trade Secrets & Copyrights, 2002.
CBA – IP Update – “Statutory Subject Matter: Business Method Patents,” 2000.
Colorado Bar Association – “Strategic Use and Acquisition of Patents,” 1998.
Wyoming Continuing Legal Education – “Intellectual Property Overview,” 1998.
National Business Institute, Inc. – “Intellectual Property Law in Colorado,” 1996.
United States Supreme Court Review of Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Decisions, Denver University Law Review 63:2.
University of Denver College of Law, Adjunct Professor May 2001 – 2003.
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Lenox MacLaren v. Medtronic Sofamor Danek, (D. Colo.) — Counsel for plaintiff in action for intentional interference with business relations involving a patented surgical device.
Karol Designs v. Burton Snowboards, (D. Colo.) — Counsel for plaintiff in action for patent infringement of a step-in snowboard system.
Dr. Glen Kelly v. Goretex, (D. Colo.) — Counsel for plaintiff in action Involving inventorship rights directed to a patented artificial blood vessel.
Cargill v. Swift United States, (N.D. Tex.) — Counsel for defendant in action for patent infringement involving meat processing systems directed to the electrostimulation of muscle to increase tenderness qualities thereof.
OrthoTain v. Rocky Mountain Orthodontics, (N.D. Ill.) — Counsel for plaintiff in action for breach of contract and counterclaims for patent misuse involving orthodontic appliances.
Callicrate v. Wadsworth Manufacturing, (D. Mont.) — Counsel for plaintiff patent holder involving cattle castration devices.
WCM v. American Brass and Aluminum, (D. Colo.) — Counsel for plaintiff in an action for patent infringement of a plumbing device.