Vandana S. Koelsch

Vandana S. Koelsch

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Vandana S. Koelsch is an experienced Colorado commercial litigator and transactional attorney with a focus on intellectual property. She has handled a wide variety of complex cases and can offer a focused and efficient approach. She was trained at litigation firms in Washington DC and is adept at quickly identifying the key issues and developing an economical approach.

Ms. Koelsch has also served as Chief IP Counsel to a telecommunications company with over $1B in annual revenue where she managed the litigation, prosecution, and maintenance of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and web domains. She crafted the strategy for two patent infringement trials covering software platform technology and successfully settled the matter on behalf of the client. She was integral in the sale of a video-content platform to a third party for $100M in cash and stock, where she performed due diligence and drafted key intellectual property provisions.

Some of the recent matters in which Ms. Koelsch has resolved or that are currently pending include:

Commercial Transactions and Litigation

  • Drafted colocation facilities agreement regarding specialized container for bitcoin mining company.
  • Prepared private placement memoranda, operating agreements, and ancillary documents such as promissory notes and leases for cannabis operation.
  • Litigating real estate dispute for breach of contract on behalf of property developer.
  • Representing creditors in adversary proceedings against officers and directors of bankrupt oil and gas company for breach of fiduciary duties.

Intellectual property

  • Litigating patent infringement matter related covering security systems.
  • Achieved successful settlement on behalf of local restaurateur by leveraging copyright registration of photographs.
  • Prepared trademark purchase agreement on behalf of local brewery.
  • Achieved a successful settlement of a business torts case involving claims of trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, trade libel, and design and utility patent infringement claims over a mechanical device.
  • Litigated shareholder dispute and derivative action for a software company with competing claims of source code ownership, fraudulent copyright registration, and copyright infringement.
  • Represented healthcare client in action for trade secret misappropriation of client list by former employee who improperly accessed client’s computer database.
  • Successfully resolved a domain name dispute for a Denver-based website developer under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.
  • Litigated a copyright infringement, breach of contract, and implied license action for travel vacation videos and developed damages model based on website metrics.
  • Counseled client on the purchase of patent portfolio related to a system of distributed energy management.
  • Counseled client on the patent prosecution of shale energy patents.
  • Successfully represented client in patent infringement matter for software technology and in retaliatory antitrust countersuit, resulting in a global settlement with favorable terms.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Koelsch served as General Counsel to a publicly traded intellectual property licensing company where she managed licensing and enforcement of seminal telecommunications patents. In that role, she managed patent litigation matters in the District Courts for the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of Texas and the Southern District of New York. She oversaw more than 25 post-grant reviews before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board and three appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Ms. Koelsch has conducted litigation, transaction, and patent prosecution in technologies involving mechanical issues (fuel filters, robots, warehouse storage technologies); semiconductors (fabrication); data compression algorithms (JPEG); software (internet technology, e-commerce; cloud, virtual computers); oil and gas (technologies for extraction of shale oil); financial products (stored value products and backend platforms); telecommunications (least cost routing, interactive voice response, presence); and clean technology (energy meter, power management), among others.

Ms. Koelsch clerked for the Hon. Justice Alex J. Martinez (Ret.) of the Colorado Supreme Court.

  • J.D., University of Colorado, Order of the Coif, Law Review (Editor)
  • M.S., University of Arizona
  • B.S., University of Alabama
Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • District Court for the District of Colorado
  • District Court for the District of Columbia
  • District Court for the District of Maryland


  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • Certified Privacy Professional
  • Engineer-in-Training


  • Rocky Mountain CleanTech Open
  • Women in Energy