Michael J. Setter

Mike is a partner of the firm and is a registered patent attorney with nearly twenty years of patent experience and has prosecuted several hundred patents in various high-tech fields. He handles various intellectual property matters including patent prosecution, strategic IP planning, patent analysis and opinions, technology agreements, and patent litigation support.

Mike has broad technology experience including:

  • Wireless communications
  • Bioinformatics and medical systems
  • Optics and optical signal processing
  • Energy distribution and control systems
  • Internet and data systems
  • Software and electronics

​Mike was formerly a partner at the law firm of Faegre & Benson and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Boulder County Bar Association. He also worked as a patent attorney for Sprint Corporation. Prior to his legal career, Mike spent five years as an electrical engineer for Black & Veatch. Mike received his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Areas of Practice

  • U.S. and International Patent Preparation and Prosecution
  • Patent Analysis and Opinions
  • Copyrights, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets
  • Strategic IP Planning, Technology Transfers, and Licensing


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
Juris Doctorate
Honors: With Honors

University of Missouri
Bachelor of Science
Major: Electrical Engineering

Professional Associations and Memberships

Boulder County Bar Association, Former Intellectual Property Section

Past Employment Positions

  • Faegre & Benson, Partner
  • Sprint Corporation, Patent Attorney
  • Black & Veatch, Electrical Engineer