Hemenway, S. Craig

Control Systems Engineer, Bechtel

Craig Hemenway speaks the language of technology. Brownstein’s lead patent attorney for high tech matters, he works with both startups and major corporations, including a Fortune 50 technology client, managing complex portfolios of patent assets. Craig’s practice focuses on helping clients in the technology sector develop strategies that enable them to leverage intellectual property assets to achieve marketplace prominence. 

Craig has deep experience in both patent law and engineering. As a former control systems engineer dealing with complex electrical and mechanical systems, he masters mechanical and technical issues quickly—a skill that is essential when distilling a concept to its essence for patent applications. He has worked with a variety of companies in many industries, including some of the world’s largest personal technology companies, telecommunications providers, financial product developers, cable content providers, cloud-based storage companies and broadband companies.

Craig offers clients broad expertise in identification, protection and management of intellectual property assets, licensing intellectual property, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, enforcing intellectual property rights through litigation and providing infringement and patentability opinions.

Previous Experience

Control Systems Engineer, Bechtel

Representative Matters
  • Served as IP licensing counsel for financial industry client, assisting client in licensing IP assets and entering new markets.

  • Represented a Fortune 50 company to protect and grow its consumer goods-related intellectual property across a broad range of technologies, including sensors, input mechanisms, imaging, mechanical structures, manufacturing processes and more, spanning thousands of assets worldwide.

  • Represented a Fortune 250 company for patent protection related to networking, data transmission, content delivery and related hardware. Prepared opinions of counsel for noninfringement, invalidity and freedom to operate.

  • Performed IP due diligence for clients relating to purchases of company, including establishing chain of ownership, evaluating coverage of applications, providing analysis of strength of acquired portfolio with respect to competitors and strategies for expansion of IP.

  • Represented medical device manufacturer for protection of stents, valves, and catheters.

News & Events

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1998, cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law
  • B.S., 1992, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Colorado
  • Georgia (inactive)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

IAM Patent 1000, Recommended Expert - Patent Prosecution, IP Transactions, Intellectual Asset Management, 2011-2019

IP Stars - Global, 2018

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010

Best Lawyers in America, 2020


Member, Corporate IP Management Committee, Intellectual Property Owners Association

Member, Colorado Lawyers’ Committee