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About Ian

Trusted advisor and advocate in global trademark and copyright matters

Ian Saffer is consistently recognized as one of Colorado’s top intellectual property (IP) attorneys. Advising clients in a variety of industries — including media and entertainment, telecommunications, electronics, resorts and hospitality, financial services and others — Ian focuses on:

  • Trademark and copyright counseling
  • IP litigation

Ian offers clients clear advice, crafts practical solutions and treats clients the way he would like to be treated. He has first-chair trial experience in a variety of dispute resolution forums.

Ian was the managing partner of Adsero IP, which combined with Quarles in 2023.

Experience in Action

  • Advising large and small businesses on worldwide trademark and copyright acquisition, clearance, use, registration and transactional matters, including internet-related matters.  
  • Litigating trademark, copyright and patent matters as first- and second-chair trial counsel in federal courts, state courts and various alternative dispute resolution forums.
  • Serving as an expert witness in copyright and trademark matters.


  • Successfully defeated preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order motions in trademark and copyright cases.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdicts in trials in federal courts and state courts, and favorable rulings in final arbitration hearings, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • Litigated approximately 200 matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and federal courts across the U.S.
  • Managed dozens of trademark portfolios comprising thousands of marks in hundreds of jurisdictions.

Professional Recognitions

  • Colorado Super Lawyers® (2006-2024: Intellectual Property: Litigation)
  • Chambers USA® (2013-present: Intellectual Property)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2014-2024: Trademark Law, Litigation-Intellectual Property)
  • Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” (2018, 2020, 2021: Trademark Law)
  • Managing Intellectual Property as IPStar (2019-2023)
  • World Trademark Review 1000 "The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals" (2014-2024)
  • Colorado Lawyers for the Arts “Attorney of the Year” (2004-2005)
  • Denver Business Journal “Forty Under 40” (2004)

Professional & Civic 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

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