My firm, Elman Technology Law, P.C., is in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, halfway between Philadelphia and Wilmington. We subscribe to the motto: "Strategic Lawyering. Cultivating Innovation." In fact, that's so important to us that we've registered it as a trademark. With four lawyers and a paralegal, we take pride in the personal service we provide to each of our clients.
I grew up on the north side of Chicago and attended Senn High School.
When I worked on my master's degree thesis in chemistry at Stanford, digital computers were first starting to be used in that field, and there I was at the dawning of Silicon Valley, using a cardpunch to program a Burroughs mainframe computer in Algol. I've kept in touch with Silicon Valley by serving on the advisory board of the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal and as webmaster for the local Stanford alumni club in the Philadelphia area.
Now I live in walking distance to the Swarthmore College campus, and I take advantage of their lifelong learning program. There I have enjoyed learning about Law and Economics, Why We Get Sick or Stay Well, and Quantum Mechanics, as well as the background of the Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkein.
I've been using online communication since way before the Internet was opened to the public. In 1982 I started with MCI Mail, CompuServe and GEnie, as well as numerous individual online BBS's. On CompuServe, I have been a SysOp of the Ideas, Inventions & Innovations Forum. I was one of the first online faculty members at an emerging academic institution called the University of Phoenix. There I taught a course on Intellectual Property Management.
I have been hired as an expert witness for various cases involving intellectual property issues, and since 1982 I have been the founding editor of Biotechnology Law Report. For even more information about my background, see my profile at www.elman.com.
In one of the photos on this site, you'll see me holding my first grandson, Elijah Suraj, born in Hawaii in February 2008. In June 2011, two more grandsons arrived.
As a teen, I was an avid reader of science fiction. Now, our firm embodies the registered trademark: SCIENCE FICTION MEETS LEGAL VISION.
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Gerry is a recognized expert in intellectual property matters. He handled the IP issues in an acquistion being done my our mutual client, a company from Belgium. I can state from experience that he takes a practical approach to matters, has a high level of knowledge and skill, and is a pleasure to work with.
Thomas McLain Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney
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Attorney Gerry J. Elman is a well known brilliant attorney who understands how changes in technology affect changes in the law, and visa versa. He provides practical advice for complex times. He is also convivial and a pleasure to work with. I happily endorse his work.
Charles Kramer Licensing Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Stanford Associates||Stanford University Alumni Association||2013|
|Listed in Pennsylvania SuperLawyers for IP Practice since 2012||SuperLawyers||2012|
|Profiled in each edition of Who's Who in America since 1988||Marquis Who's Who||1988|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1983|
|National Merit Scholarship||National Merit Scholarship Corporation||1959|
|Attorney at Law and Patent Attorney||Elman Technology Law, P.C.||1988 - Present|
|Attorney at Law and Patent Attorney||Elman Associates||1982 - 1988|
|Trial Attorney||Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice||1975 - 1982|
|Deputy Attorney General||Pennsylvania Department of Justice||1972 - 1976|
|Attorney, Patent Department||Rohm and Haas Company||1968 - 1972|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Innovators for Patent Reform||Law Firm Member||2009 - Present|
|Vistage Trusted Advisors Roundtable||Active Member||2006 - 2012|
|Stanford Club of Philadelphia||Webmaster and Board Member||2003 - Present|
|World Technology Network||Member/Nominator||2001 - Present|
|Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court||Member (Master level) - past Webmaster & member Bd. of Governors||1992 - Present|
|Delaware County Bar Association||Active Member||1989 - Present|
|Licensing Executives Society||Active Member||1982 - Present|
|International Technology Law Association (Computer Law Association)||Active Member||1982 - Present|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association, Electronic and Computer Law Committee||Active Member||1982 - Present|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association, Biotechnology Committee||Active Member||1982 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law Section||Active Member||1982 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section||Active Member||1972 - Present|
|Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA)||Member, past member of Board of Governors 7/2011-6/2013||1968 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section||Active Member||1967 - Present|
|Scogna v. Allen||Settled, by mediation via Kevin Casey, Esq.|
|Symantec v. Computer Associates||Dismissed, then appealed to CAFC|
|Symantec v. Computer Associates Int'l and Richard B. Levin||CAFC affirmed district court decision.|
|See all legal cases|
|Biotechnology Entrepreneurship (C. Shimasaki, ed., Academic Press)||Intellectual Property Protection Strategies for Biotechnology Innovation||2014|
|Biotechnology Law Report||30 Years of Biotechnology Law Report: A Personal Reflection||2012|
|GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News||Highlighting the Course of Biotech Law||2011|
|GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News||Watson, come here ... you're needed at the PTO||2011|
|GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News||Watson, the PTO Needs You||2011|
|GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News||ACLU lawyers face off against the U.S. patent office and Myriad Genetics||2010|
|Biotechnology Law Report||Getting Beyond the ACLU and Public Patent Foundation's Anti-Gene-Patent Grandstanding||2010|
|Biotechnology Law Report||What Subject Matter is Patentable? Reading Myriad Genetics while waiting for Bilski. Why is this molecule different from all other molecules?||2010|
|Biotechnology Law Report||Automated Patent Examination Support--A Proposal||2007|
|New York Times||Playing Detective in a Patent Case, by Brent Bowers||2007|
|Information Week||Microsoft Plots Defense: Antitrust trial reveals Netscape message; judge orders access to sales database, by Stuart J. Johnston||1998|
|Biotechnology Law Report||Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the publication since 1982||1982|
|Columbia University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1967|
|Stanford University||Chemistry||MS - Master of Science||1964|
|University of Chicago||Physical Sciences (Chemistry)||Other - Bachelors||1963|
|Temple University||Food & Drug Law, French, M.B.A. core courses||N/A||N/A|
|IT Expert Series - Data Security Summit||Are You Legally Prepared for the Coming Cyber War?||2011|
|Pennsylvania Intellectual Property Forum||Why is this molecule different from all other molecules?||2010|
|Enhance Your Business With Links and Friends: Online Social Media and You||Intro to Online Social Media and Using Facebook for Your Business||2010|
|World Technology Summit 2009||Where's my Free Legal Advice?||2009|
|January 2009 Meeting||Upcoming Legislation Affecting the US PTO||2009|
|2008 Conference on Mastering Complex IP Licensing||Avoiding Problems Arising from Licensing With Troubled Companies||2008|
|2007 Conference on Mastering Complex IP Licensing||Avoiding Problems Arising from Licensing With Troubled Companies||2007|
|2006 Conference on Mastering Complex IP Licensing||Avoiding Problems Arising from Licensing With Troubled Companies||2006|
|The Comprehensive Workshop on Mastering Complex IP Licensing||The Intersection of Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Protection||2005|
|Breakfast Meeting on the CREATE Act||Outline of the CREATE Act amendments to patent law||2005|
|TRANSACT 1999||The Electronic Handshake: e-Signatures in e-Commerce||1999|
|Intellectual Property in the Year 2000||Biotechnology and Computer Software: The Patent System Responds to Exploding Technologies||1997|
|First Annual Conference on Mammalian Cloning||Mammalian Cloning: Crosscurrents in the Patent System||1997|
|LES Annual Meeting (San Diego)||Issues in Licensing Technology||1995|
|LES Eastern Regional Meeting||Issues in Patenting Biotechnology Inventions||1990|