Thomas Franklin focuses his practice on patent prosecution, licensing, and intellectual capital management with more than 20 years of experience with intellectual property. He is experienced in intellectual property audits, due diligence and strategic planning. Through an IP Asset Management plan, he tailors strategy to business goals, competitive pressures, and funding constraints to leverage intangible assets with intellectual property. He uses IP protection to maintain the dominance of large companies or assist smaller enterprises vying to dominate.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Mr. Franklin in 2022 and the six years preceding as “a brilliant and intelligent attorney who knows IP law inside out.” The Best Lawyers in America® listed him in 2023 and the eight years immediately preceding for patent law. He was recognized as an “IP Star” in 2022 and the seven years immediately preceding by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. In 2020, Mr. Franklin was recommended by Legal 500 US for Patent Prosecution. He is a recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award USA & Canada from Lexology and the International Law Office. Mr. Franklin was recognized as a top patent practitioner in 2022 and the nine years immediately preceding by IAM Patent 1000. In 2022 and the five years immediately preceding, he was listed in the IAM Strategy 300: The World's Leading IP Strategists. In 2022 and 2023, Mr. Franklin was recognized as an IAM Strategy 300 Global Leader. Mr. Franklin was recognized as a Colorado “Super Lawyer” in 2022 and the eight years immediately preceding for intellectual property by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2020, he was selected by Law Week Colorado to its "Barrister’s Best" list as the "People’s Choice" for Best IP Non-Litigator. Mr. Franklin was named a Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by Law Week Colorado for the successful effort to bring a Regional Patent and Trademark Office to the Rocky Mountain Region in Denver to fulfill his vision of a nationwide workforce of the brightest and best examiners. The San Diego State University Alumni Association recognized and honored Mr. Franklin with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering.


Mr. Franklin's technical experience broadly covers the areas of software, health tech, blockchain, Internet technology, fintech, content delivery, business methods, clean technology, circuit design, imaging arrays, cryptographic design, telecommunications, and electronic design tools, wireless communications, networking, and telemetry systems.

Before entering the field of law, Mr. Franklin spent nine years working in semiconductor fabrication facilities at the Naval Ocean Systems Center and Hughes Aircraft and several more as a senior engineer for Lockheed Martin. At Lockheed, he managed engineering projects involving the design of complex wireless data links, ASIC/FPGA design, digital circuits, satellite transponders, and encrypted data links.


University of San Diego School of Law J.D. (1997)

San Diego State University B.S. (1990) Electrical and Computer Engineering, summa cum laude


Colorado (1997)

District of Columbia (2020)

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1998)

U.S. Supreme Court

Professional & Community Activities

Colorado Bar Association, Member

San Diego State University, College of Engineering, Advisory Board Member

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