Gerry Elman - Elman Technology Law, P.C.

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Gerry Elman

Elman Technology Law, P.C.

PO Box 209

Swarthmore, PA 19081


Practice Areas
  • Internet Law
  • Arbitrator
  • Mediator
  • Intellectual Prop
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With 42 years of varied experience as a practicing attorney, he is also a widely published author on technology and the law. He was a pioneer in developing a legal practice relating to biotechnology, as well as one of the first attorneys to work with computers and online information technology. He has been accorded the highest rating, AV, in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and he has a rating of 10.0/10 Superb on the website. After law school and working in a New York City patent law firm, for four years Gerry practiced as an in-house patent attorney for Rohm and Haas Company, a multinational chemical company. Then, as a Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, he conducted litigation on behalf of the Commonwealth, primarily involving antitrust or utility regulation. Later, as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, he participated in civil and criminal investigations and complex litigation, including a trial of five pharmaceutical companies accused of fraud on the U.S. Patent Office. He returned to private practice in 1982. At the beginning of that year, Gerry founded the legal journal Biotechnology Law Report along with publisher Mary Ann Liebert. Since then he has continuously served as its editor-in-chief. He has forged an alliance with the California Western School of Law in San Diego, where Professor Robert Bohrer and a team of his law students edit and contribute scholarly articles for the journal. Since the early days of 1982, Gerry has been an avid advocate of computer-mediated communication, which has now become commonplace on the Internet. Via computer, he has taught intellectual property management on the University of Phoenix online campus. He has been an active member of the Global CyberLaw Network and the International Technology Law Association. From 1994 to 1999 he served as the sysop for intellectual property/legal matters in the Ideas, Inventions & Innovations Forum, on CompuServe. Gerry also serves on the advisory board of The Licensing Journal. While on the advisory board of the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, he mentored a student at Santa Clara Law School writing an article on quarantine law that was published in the Spring 2002 issue of the Journal. He has been an advisor on biotechnology monographs for the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) and a member of the editorial boards of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and The Trademark Reporter. He co-authored a chapter on trademark law for L.J. Kutten's law treatise, COMPUTER SOFTWARE: PROTECTION/LIABILITY/LAW/FORMS. Gerry participates in a roundtable of Vistage Trusted Advisors. As an active member of the Licensing Executives Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the DelCo IP Forum, Gerry helps clients to gain the maximum value through licensing and enforcing their intellectual property rights. He has arbitrated multi-million-dollar disputes for the American Arbitration Association, has served as an expert witness in patent law, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation over intellectual property rights. In one such case, he successfully defended the Seven-Up Company against an accusation of copyright infringement that involved a poster featuring a depiction of Santa Claus, 1990 U.S. Dist. Lexis 5203 (E.D. Pa.), appeal dismissed 919 F.2d 730 (3d Cir.). Gerry is a charter member of the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court, composed of intellectual property practitioners in Greater Philadelphia. As one of the members at the "master" level of experience, he acts as a resource to help train others. He served for two years as its webmaster and on its Board of Governors. Gerry chaired the Patent Legislation/Patent and Trademark Office Coordination Committee of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association from 2003 to 2006, and 2008 to the present, during a time of sweeping changes in regulations and the prospect of “patent reform” on the lips of Congress. Gerry is profiled in various biographical references, including each edition of WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA since 1988. As an invited Nominator, Gerry attended the World Technology Summit in London in July 2001 and is now a Member of the World Technology Network. He participated in the World Technology Summit in New York City July 2002 as chair of their Summit-within-the-Summit for Law, and in the World Technology Summit in San Francisco in June 2003. He is a speaker at the World Technology Summit in New York City July 16, 2009.  Gerry organized and chaired a program on Biotechnology and the Bioterrorism Dilemma at Villanova University on January 21, 2002, sponsored by the Philadelphia area alumni clubs of Stanford and The University of Chicago. He serves as webmaster and a member of the board of the Stanford Club of Philadelphia. Gerry delivered a presentation in April 2002 on the federal response to bioterrorism at the BioDefense Mobilization Conference in Seattle. Gerry represents clients for a variety of intellectual property and business matters. These frequently include the preparation and prosecution of patents, the evaluation of adversely held patents, the registration of trademarks and proprietary names, the licensing of intellectual property rights, the resolution of disputes through mediation, arbitration, and if necessary, litigation, the conduct of intellectual property audits, and related technology law and trade regulation issues. Gerry is also available to serve as a neutral in mediation and arbitration proceedings involving intellectual property or technology law issues. Gerry gave a talk on Avoiding Problems Arising from Licensing with Troubled Companies: Issues Related to the Interface Between Intellectual Property Law and Involvency Law in May 2006 and June 2007 at a Law Seminars International workshop on Mastering Complex Intellectual Property Licensing. Gerry gave a talk on The Antitrust-Patent Interface (with a Virtual Walking Tour in Historic Philadelphia) in May 2005 at a Law Seminars International workshop on Complex Intellectual Property Licensing. Gerry gave a talk on The Electronic Handshake at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's TRANSACT 1999, a continuing legal education program on electronic commerce. September 30, 1999, Philadelphia Bar Education Center. Gerry was a member of the panel presenting an introductory discussion entitled Anatomy of an Electronic Transaction. An article in the December 6, 1999, issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal names Gerry as one of the "noted lawyers" on the Philadelphia Bar Association's cyberlaw and electronic commerce committee. Gerry delivered a presentation at Temple Law School on April 11, 1997. His slides on Biotechnology and Computer Software: The Patent System Responds to Exploding Technologies are viewable online. Gerry was also a speaker at the first conference on Mammalian Cloning, held in Arlington, VA on June 27, 1997.

Undergraduate: University of Chicago (B.S. 1963), Stanford University (M.S. Chemistry 1964)
Law School: Columbia University
Admitted to Bar: 1967
Practice Areas: Arbitrator
Business > Internet Law
Business > Intellectual Prop
Organizations: American and Delaware County (PA) Bar Ass'ns, American and Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Ass'ns, Int'l Technology Law Ass'n, Benjamin Franklin Amer. Inn of Court, Licensing Executives Soc'y
Gender: Male
Status: Married
Children: 2 Children
Age: 65
City of Residence: Swarthmore, PA
Home Town: Swarthmore, PA
Home State: PA
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About Me: I became a grandfather in February 2008.

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