Intellectual Property (IP), patent licensing, IP strategy, IP law

Molly Kocialski

Molly Kocialski has been Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016. She carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. She ensures that the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. In that role, Molly and her team in Denver collaborates with the Colorado SBDC TechSource – Innovate program, providing consulting assistance directly to our clients, as needed. Molly presents workshops for SBDC TechSource on the entire range of intellectual property options for technology businesses, including the patent process.

Molly brings more than 20 years of intellectual property experience to the USPTO and to Colorado SBDC TechSource clients. Most recently, she was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc, where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for all of the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. Prior to Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket.  

Molly is a recognized IP leader in the Rocky Mountain region. She currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee, is the Vice President of the Colorado IP Inn of Court and was previously the Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Further, she is a member of the Planning Committee for the Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Molly was recognized by ManagingIP magazine as one of its North America Corporate IP Stars.

Molly is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. She is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the New York and Colorado state bars as well as to the United States Courts in those jurisdictions.