Prior to his time with Faegre Drinker, Nicholas worked as a patent attorney for two Colorado law firms. As a patent attorney, he performed foreign and domestic patent prosecution, including drafting provisional and nonprovisional patent applications, preparing office action responses, and conducting examiner interviews. He is experienced in patent work within the industries of circuitry, semiconductors and related semiconductor processing, data security, battery technology, IoT, automation systems, telecommunications, optics, robotics, mechanical equipment, chemical formulations, and software.
Nicholas also served as a patent examiner intern at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where his primary responsibilities included prior art searching, patentability analysis and office action drafting. He also served as an administrative law judge clerk for Patent Trial and Appeal Board inter partes review proceedings.
Before entering the legal field, Nicholas spent many years in engineering, fulfilling process (chemical), mechanical, and process controls (electrical) roles across industries including energy (renewable and traditional), food and consumer products, oil and gas, agro-chemical, pulp and paper, and petro-chemical.
Nicholas enjoys skiing, hiking, running and traveling abroad.