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Aaron S. Oakley

Senior Associate

Aaron S. Oakley

Multi-level perspective, sophisticated client service. Aaron Oakley sees intellectual property matters from technological, business, and legal points of view.

Aaron began his professional career as an electrical and computer engineer solving technical problems for companies in the medical, energy, and defense industries. Through his years designing software and embedded systems, Aaron honed the attention to detail and drive for comprehensive understanding that he brings to his legal practice. He knows that successful solutions must always be driven by and be compatible with business realities.

With this multi-disciplinary mindset and focus, Aaron approaches legal issues from a perspective that helps him deliver value to his clients. In his practice, which encompasses disputes, counseling, transactions, and patent prosecution, he strives to achieve creative solutions, but with a persistent focus on thoroughness, efficiency, and always practical results. His working technical knowledge allows him to come quickly up to speed on new matters and work seamlessly with subject-matter experts.

Aaron represents clients before federal district courts around the nation, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His experience includes over two dozen patent, trademark, and trade-secret disputes, patent portfolio analyses in several technology spaces, AIA post-grant proceedings, diligence and license review for technology transactions, general intellectual-property counseling, and patent prosecution for both hardware and software inventions. He routinely drafts motions, expert reports, patent disclosures, and pleadings, has deposed opposing technical witnesses, and argued a motion in federal court.

Representative experience

Defended major firm client in a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Texas as part of an international and cross-firm effort.

Represented major client in two Section 337 ITC investigations involving active noise cancellation technology and a wireless technology standard.

Defended Taiwanese semiconductor design company in a patent infringement suit in the Northern District of California.

Defended health insurance company in a lawsuit by a software vendor alleging trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract.

Represented a Colorado manufacturer of noise cancelling headphones in connection with a technical and design dispute with a much larger competitor.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2010
  • B.S. Computer Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2001
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2001


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

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