Trent Martinet

Trent Martinet


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  • Colorado

Trent Martinet is a partner in the Finance & Acquisitions Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Technology Law Group. He advises clients on legal issues related to intellectual property, technology, commercial transaction, and corporate law matters. Mr. Martinet represents individual entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging growth, and other private and public companies. He often represents clients in various industries such as software, aviation, healthcare, consumer products, manufacturing, natural resources, energy, hospitality, telecommunications, and higher education regarding the financing, development, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property assets. Mr. Martinet is a frequent publisher and lecturer on intellectual property, technology and commercial contracting topics. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Martinet was a software developer. He is a member of the board of directors of KidsTek.


Creighton University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002
Creighton University, M.S., summa cum laude, 2002
Colorado State University, B.S., 1998

Specific Experience 

  • Protection and enforcement of all types of intellectual property 
  • Management of client trademark/patent portfolios and related domestic and foreign prosecution activities
  • Intellectual property and software licensing
  • Intellectual property development and research agreements
  • Complex commercial contract transactions involving large equipment manufacturers, healthcare organizations, cable, energy, satellite and telecommunications companies 
  • Information technology and software service agreements
  • Intellectual property and technology focused merger & acquisition matters 
  • Technology and software purchase transactions 
  • Software license audit compliance and defense matters
  • General counsel representation of start-ups and emerging growth companies
  • Cybersecurity and data breach counselling and risk management
  • General corporate matters
Representative clients and transactions are available upon request.
June 2016

Startup to Grown Up: Legal 101

So, you're ready to turn your idea into a business?  You have the business plan and generally know the path forward, except you aren't entirely sure what legal matters you should address. From choosing a name and raising capital to hiring employees and protecting your ideas - there are a lot of potential legal land mines that can be avoided. 

January 2016

14th Annual DGS Public Company Update

Please join Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Tom McGimpsey of Advanced Energy Industries, David Harkin of J.P. Morgan Investment Banking New York, Chad Stowe of Hein and Associates, and your public company peers for our 10th Annual Update.

June 2015

Hardening Targets: The NSA Guide to Defending Against Destructive Malware

Faced with the increasing threat of cyberattack, boards of directors and C-level executives of public and private companies alike are becoming increasingly aware of the need to establish and maintain strategies at the C-level for preventing, detecting, and containing cybersecurity threats.

March 2015

What Net Neutrality Will Mean for Cyber-Street

The Federal Communications Commission's publication of new rules on March 12, 2015 treating internet service providers as common carriers (akin to utility companies) is seen by many to be a meaningful step toward ensuring "net neutrality" or an "open internet."

February 2015

Three Initiatives Promise to Accelerate Health IT in 2015

Three major legislative and regulatory proposals concerning technology in health care are in the works for 2015, each of them aiming to accelerate the growth of the already burgeoning health IT vertical by facilitating – and protecting – the electronic collection and sharing of health data.

January 2015

Cybersecurity: Guidance for the Entire Enterprise

Cybersecurity is an enterprise-wide reality, impacting the organization from its server room to its board room. Please join Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Convercent, and Jordan Lawrence as we provide an overview and practice guidance on today's cybersecurity landscape, key corporate governance considerations for management and the Board of Directors, implementing best practices across the organization internally, and managing risks with third parties externally.

May 2014

Emerging Trends in M&A Practice

12th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute

March 2014

Energy Industry Faces Increased Exposure to Claims by Patent Trolls

A patent-assertion entity (PAE) or non-practicing entity (NPE) is an entity that enforces patent rights against others, but does not itself use the patents for any productive purpose. A perennial adversary of high-tech companies and startups, recent studies looking at the rise in patent litigation reveal that these "patent trolls" are turning their sights increasingly on less traditional technology innovators – including those in the energy industry.

September 2013

USPTO Launches IP Awareness Assessment Tool

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has rolled out a so-called "IP Awareness Assessment," which is a free, web-based tool designed to help users identify and provide information regarding the users’ intellectual property rights.

May 2013

Issues to Consider When Drafting & Negotiating Data Center Agreements

11th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute

Former Puebloan applies technical expertise to law

The Pueblo Chieftain

Former Puebloan Trent Martinet's expertise in intellectual property and information technology has helped him attain the level of partner in the prestigious Denver law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP.

April 2013

Trademark Clearinghouse Goes Live

In anticipation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) allowing private ownership of a significantly broadened scope of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), ICANN, on March 26, 2013, launched the Trademark Clearinghouse, which gives holders of verified trademark rights an opportunity to register their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse before new gTLDs are allowed. Among others, nationally and regionally registered marks from any jurisdiction are eligible for registration with the Trademark Clearinghouse.

December 2012

DGS Elects Two New Partners

DGS has elected Trent Martinet and Elizabeth Karpinski Vonne as partners effective January 1, 2013. 

"Both Trent and Elizabeth are very committed and talented lawyers," said Ron Levine, the chair of the firm’s Finance & Acquisitions Department. "Trent is a key player in our growing Technology Group and Elizabeth adds considerable strength to our public company and capital markets practices."

October 2011

Only Fourteen Days Remaining to Protect Your Registered Trademark from Becoming Associated with the New .XXX Domain

Registered trademark owners are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the one-time "opt out" application opportunity, lasting until October 28, 2011, to avoid having their trademarks associated with the adult entertainment industry.


September 2009

Martinet Appointed to Advisory Council

Trent Martinet

DGS Corporate attorney Trent Martinet has been appointed to the Advisory Council of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.  The Center provides an in-residence rehabilitation program to those who have come with issues of substance misuse, legal problems, relational conflicts, homelessness, unemployment and most importantly, a need for spiritual awakening and restoration. 


March 2009

Policing Trademarks and Service Marks – Part 2

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

February 2009

Policing Trademarks and Service Marks – Part 1

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

January 2009

Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Transactions

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

December 2008

Intellectual Property Audits

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

October 2008

Memorializing Inventor Knowledge

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

July 2008

Developing IP with Third Parties

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

February 2008

Who Can Claim IP?

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

January 2008

The Four Categories of IP, Part IV – Copyrights

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

November 2007

The Four Categories of IP, Part III — Trade Secrets

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

October 2007

™,SM,®: Trademarks/Service Marks

Aeronautical Repair Association, the hotline

September 2007

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January 2006

Top 10 Employer Mistakes

Nebraska Employment Law Letter