Nicole Ressue intellectual property law attorney at Santangelo Law Offices


Successful businesses understand the value in protecting their intellectual property. By helping our clients understand the various aspects involved with intellectual property we are able to develop both offensive and defensive strategies for all businesses, big and small.”

-Nicole Ressue



Nicole A. Ressue is a registered patent attorney who specializes in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in countries such as Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Mexico, Europe, Brazil, Taiwan and India. Nicole has experience in various disciplines including biotechnology, chemistry, microbial remediation, solar power, carbon dioxide emission reduction, software, mechanical devices, coal refinery, electrical, business methods, consumer goods, and a variety of others. Nicole has been involved in patent appeals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent oppositions such as in Europe and Australia.

In addition, Nicole has experience in trademark registrations, oppositions and cancellations; patent infringement and opinions; freedom to operate analysis; copyright registrations and litigation; preparing and negotiating licenses and technology-related agreements; arbitrations; and federal and state court litigation.

Nicole is passionate about her work and takes a personal interest in helping build strong intellectual property foundations for each of her clients, whether they are start-ups, small businesses or large companies. She enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering her time to speak about Intellectual Property including lectures at Colorado State University. She also provides pro bono consultation services to college students and start-up businesses.

Before joining Santangelo Law Offices in 2002, Nicole worked as a chemist for an oil and gas company in Texas, and interned and worked at two IP firms in Denver during law school.

In her spare time, she and her husband Bill and their two kids enjoy playing golf, skiing, gardening, and traveling.

Nicole is passionate about community involvement, has presented at Fort Collins Startup Week and has twice hosted a “Shark Tank”-style forum at Olander Elementary School – where teams of students created inventions, product mockups, and marketing plans. Read all about it here.



Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Intellectual Property Licensing and Transactions, Intellectual Property Litigation and Arbitration, Technology Law, Computer Law, Biotechnology Law


B.S., Chemistry, Baylor University, 1997.

J.D., University of Denver, 2002; Assistant Court Report Editor, University of Denver Water Law Review.


United States Patent & Trademark Office
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


American Intellectual Property Law Association

Colorado Bar Association (Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section)

Larimer County Bar Association



US 2020/0369995 – Methods and Systems for Efficient Bioreactor Mixing and Light Utilization Embodying Low Process Energy and Scalability
PCT WO 2020/018589 – Decentralized Infrastructure Methods and Systems
US 10,647,581 – Bioelectrochemical Methods and Systems for Efficient Production of Graphene Oxide and Hydrogen
US D887,455 – Irrigation Wheel Design
US 8852592 – Systems and Methods for Anti-PAX8 Antibodies
US 8501434 – Method for Processing Non-Liquid Biological Samples with Dynamic Application of a Processing Liquid
US 8552855 – Method and System for Safety Monitoring
US 7832475 – Biogenic Methane Production Enhancement Systems
US 7802693 – Free Moving System For Stable, Manual Support Food And Drink Items
PCT WO 2013/055425 – Systems for Isotropic Quantization Sorting of Automobile Shredder Residue to Enhance Recovery of Recyclable Resources
US9764279B2 – Biological Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Pollutants Systems and Methods


Zahourek Systems, Inc. against Balanced Body University (U.S. Dist. Court Denver and Tenth Circuit Appellate Court): Co-counsel in a copyright and trademark infringement action involving a Maniken ® Model including a successful appeal in the tenth circuit.

Assisted a Colorado based company’s development, drafting, and implementation of a formal licensing program for human and animal learning systems.

Performed freedom to operate analysis for a California-based biotechnical company and on-going development of product strategies.

Represented a company with patent rights covering on-line security applications in seeking potential licensees.

Drafted and negotiated various IP related agreements such as inventor and corporate assignments, licenses, security agreements, franchise agreements, collaboration agreements, know-how and trade secret agreements, confidentiality/ non-disclosure agreements, consulting and employment agreements, and web-related agreements.


Panelist, “Ask Me Anything,” Opening Seminar CSU Demo Day, April 2021.

Panelist, “What? Why? How? Common Intellectual Property Questions (and Answers!) for Startups,” Fort Collins Startup Week, February, 2021.

Presenter, “Intellectual Property in the Real World,” Colorado State University College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design Program, February 2013, March 2014, February 2015, February 2016, March 2017, February 2018, March 2019, February 2020, February 2021.

Presenter, Introduction to Project Practices, Colorado State University, March 2020, November 2020, March 2021

Presenter, “Protecting Your Creativity,” Fort Collins Startup Week, February 2019.

Presenter, “Protecting Your Creativity,” CSU College of Business, Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship Class, October 2018.

Judge for Third Grade Invention Presentations, Olander Elementary School, October 2018, November 2019.

Presenter, “IP in the Real World,” Larimer-Weld Association of Legal Support Staff, July 2018.

Presenter, “Protecting your Creativity,” Art + Law: Fort Collins hosted by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, April 2018.

Presenter, “Protecting your IP under Federal Grants,” Ag Innovators of Northern Colorado, April 2017.

Presenter, “The Ins and Outs of Licensing a Pet Product,” American Pet Products Association Webcast, September 2016.

Co-Presenter, “Intellectual Property Survey and Issue Spotting,” Larimer County Women’s Bar Association Brown Bag CLE Series, August 2013.

Presenter, “Intellectual Property,” CSU College of Business, Entrepreneurship Class, July 2013.

Guest Speaker, CSU Student Advisory Board, November 2012.

Co-Presenter, “Starting Your Own Business,” CSU College of Business, Business Class, April 2012.

Presenter, “IP Law Panel Discussion,” University of Denver College of Law, March 2003.

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