Mike is a Shareholder in Maynard Nexsen’s Intellectual Property practice group. He provides seasoned intellectual property counsel to businesses of varying sizes that trust him to employ his wide-ranging intellectual property prosecution and litigation experience to achieve positive results.

Combining extensive patent and trademark prosecution experience with a litigation background, Mike offers his clients a unique approach to their sophisticated intellectual property needs. A registered patent attorney, Mike’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent litigation, and strategic patent portfolio management and analysis. Clients from diverse technological sectors regularly seek his assistance in developing, protecting, and monetizing intellectual property. 

Mike excels in handling intellectual property procurement, transactional, and enforcement matters both domestically and internationally. He assists clients with infringement, freedom-to-operate and validity opinions, patent prosecution, trademark, and related licensing matters. Mike is also experienced in virtually all phases of patent, trademark and other types of intellectual property law, including appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Mike has extensive experience in a wide variety of technological disciplines and has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patents (or had related litigation experience) in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, specifically including technology related to digital and analog circuits, power distribution devices, semiconductors, encryption, authentication, e-commerce, real-time (streaming) communications, signal processing, data storage, graphical user interfaces, disposable medical devices, ultrasonic signal detection, vehicle systems, spinal cord stimulation, medical (oncology) revenue regeneration software, medical billing practice management systems, prosthetics, aircraft superchargers, shipping products and systems, baby goods, locking devices, hitch devices, cartridge filling apparatuses, dental devices, sporting goods, expandable/collapsible canopies and various other electrical and mechanical products.

Mike is an Associate Editor for “Frontiers in Blockchain,” the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to blockchain from a scientific publisher. He also chairs the Intellectual Property Working Group for the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) and holds various certifications in the blockchain space.

Prior to joining Maynard Nexsen, Mike practiced Intellectual Property law at international, national, and regional firms. Before his legal career, he worked as a co-op engineer in the steel industry and for the Central Intelligence Agency with top-secret clearances while obtaining his degree in electrical engineering.

Community & Professional

  • Intellectual Property Working Group for the Government Blockchain Association, Chair
  • Accord Project (Smart Legal Contracts), Contributor
  • Government Blockchain Association (GBA)
  • Ethereum Enterprise Alliance
  • Colorado Bar Association, IP Section
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Colorado IP American Inn of Court, Former Board Member and Co-Chair of Membership and Finance Committees
  • Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (GLBC), Former Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Patent Litigation and Trademark Committees, Former Member


  • Certified Enterprise Blockchain Professional (CEBP)
  • Certified Web3 Professional (CW3P)
  • Certified Blockchain Developer Ethereum (CBDE)
  • Certified Blockchain Solution Architect (CBSA)
  • Certified Blockchain Business Foundations (CBBF)
Certificates of Completion
  • “Intro to Blockchain Maturity Model” (BMM), Government Blockchain Association
  • “Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM) Element Deep Dive,” Government Blockchain Association
  • Blockchain Architecture
  • Introduction to Hyperledger Fabric and Composer
  • Ethereum Developer
  • Blockchain Overview: Business Foundations
  • Blockchain Security Training
  • CORDA             
  • Blockchain Healthcare
  • Data Science
  • IoT and Blockchain



  • Ranked in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals (2014-Present)




  • Mike Henson and Emily Cooper Interviewed by Law360—To Catch Crypto Thieves, Attorneys Learn To Think Like Them
    Mike Henson and Emily Cooper were interviewed by Law360 and quoted in an article on the innovative use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to serve defendants in cryptocurrency-related litigation. The article highlights how NFT service has become possible and is likely to become more common both in the United States and globally.
  • Life Sciences Intellectual Property Through the Blockchain Lens
    Book chapter
    Blockchain Technologies book series
    Blockchain in Life Sciences
    Intellectual property (IP) refers to a broad range of intangible assets derived through creations of the mind. Intangible assets are not physical and, as such, are distinguishable from other assets like real estate and personal property.
  • Frontiers in Blockchain
    Review Editor
    Frontiers in Blockchain publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research covering all theory and applications of blockchain and blockchain-related technologies.
  • State Lawmaking at the Heart of Blockchain Regulatory Evolution
    Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis labeled states as the “laboratories of democracy,” and this is being borne out in real-time with the rapid development of blockchain-based technologies and the spread of cryptocurrencies.
  • Blocking the Fake Supply Chain
    In today’s expanding global economy businesses increasingly generate value through the exploitation of intangible assets. Effective procurement, management and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) can be crucial to maintaining a competitive advantage.
  • Unmanned Systems and Blockchain Technology
    With traditional approaches to recordkeeping and asset tracking, people and companies often maintain their own records. As a result, the information is siloed, often duplicative and stored in numerous data bases that may not always be interoperable.
  • The Future of Money, Governance and the Law
  • Legal Impacts of Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)
  • Cloud Atlas: Red Flags, Offramps and Indemnification in Contracting
  • Blockchain in Healthcare and Clinical Research – Practical Considerations for Navigating the Legal and Regulatory Minefield
  • Blockchain and its IP Implications
  • Blockchain Technology: Applications and Intellectual Property
  • A Closer Look at Cybercurrency & Bitcoin
    The panel discussion focused on how cybercurrency and bitcoin are being utilized and how blockchain technology allows it to happen with the public ledger. Panelists also examined the impacts of cryptocurrencies for insolvency matters, such as how these "assets" are classified, and how the FinTech industry is utilizing blockchain technology and what impact this has on lenders.


  • State Bar: Colorado
    *Mike is not currently licensed in Tennessee.
  • U.S. District Court: Colorado, Texas (Eastern)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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