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Gerry J. Elman

About me

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


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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Practice areas


  1. Internet: 30%
    34 years
  2. Patent Application: 20%
    49 years
  3. Trademark Application: 15%
    49 years
  4. Licensing: 15%
    34 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Thomas L. McLain

    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 and acquisitions Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Charles Bernard Kramer

    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
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Elman Technology Law, P.C.

12 Veterans Square
1st Fl
Media, PA, 19063-3129


NYCurrently registered 196707/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 for Technology LawBest Lawyers®2017
Stanford AssociatesStanford University Alumni Association2013
Listed in Pennsylvania SuperLawyers for IP Practice since 2012SuperLawyers2012
Profiled in each edition of Who's Who in America since 1988Marquis Who's Who1988
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1983
National Merit ScholarshipNational Merit Scholarship Corporation1959
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at Law and Patent AttorneyElman Technology Law, P.C.1988 - Present
Attorney at Law and Patent AttorneyElman Associates1982 - 1988
Trial AttorneyAntitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice1975 - 1982
Deputy Attorney GeneralPennsylvania Department of Justice1972 - 1976
Attorney, Patent DepartmentRohm and Haas Company1968 - 1972
Association namePosition nameDuration
TriState.IoT Meetup GroupCo-Organizer2016 - Present
American Innovators for Patent ReformLaw Firm Member2009 - Present
Stanford Club of PhiladelphiaWebmaster and Board Member2003 - Present
World Technology NetworkMember/Nominator2001 - Present
Benjamin Franklin American Inn of CourtMember (Master level) - past Webmaster & member Bd. of Governors1992 - Present
Delaware County Bar AssociationActive Member1989 - Present
Licensing Executives SocietyActive Member1982 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Electronic and Computer Law CommitteeActive Member1982 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Biotechnology CommitteeActive Member1982 - Present
American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law SectionActive Member1982 - Present
American Bar Association, Antitrust Law SectionActive Member1972 - Present
Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA)Member, past member of Board of Governors 7/2011-6/20131968 - Present
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law SectionActive Member1967 - Present
Vistage Trusted Advisors RoundtableActive Member2006 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Symantec v. Computer Associates Int'l and Richard B. LevinCAFC affirmed district court decision.
Symantec v. Computer AssociatesDismissed, then appealed to CAFC
Scogna v. AllenSettled, by mediation via Kevin Casey, Esq.
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Publication nameTitleDate
LinkedIn PulseDon't Let a Defective Provisional Sink Your Patent2015
Biotechnology Entrepreneurship (C. Shimasaki, ed., Academic Press)Intellectual Property Protection Strategies for Biotechnology Innovation2014
Biotechnology Law Report30 Years of Biotechnology Law Report: A Personal Reflection2012
GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology NewsHighlighting the Course of Biotech Law2011
GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology NewsWatson, come here ... you're needed at the PTO2011
GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology NewsWatson, the PTO Needs You2011
GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology NewsACLU lawyers face off against the U.S. patent office and Myriad Genetics2010
Biotechnology Law ReportGetting Beyond the ACLU and Public Patent Foundation's Anti-Gene-Patent Grandstanding2010
Biotechnology Law ReportWhat Subject Matter is Patentable? Reading Myriad Genetics while waiting for Bilski. Why is this molecule different from all other molecules?2010
Biotechnology Law ReportAutomated Patent Examination Support--A Proposal2007
New York TimesPlaying Detective in a Patent Case, by Brent Bowers2007
Information WeekMicrosoft Plots Defense: Antitrust trial reveals Netscape message; judge orders access to sales database, by Stuart J. Johnston1998
Biotechnology Law ReportFounding Editor since 19821982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1967
Stanford UniversityChemistryMS - Master of Science1964
University of ChicagoPhysical Sciences (Chemistry)Other - Bachelors1963
Temple UniversityFood & Drug Law, French, M.B.A. core coursesN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TriState.IoT December MeetingPrivacy and Security for the Internet of Things2016
Philly TPNG September MeetingCybersecurity Technical and Legal Challenges (You Can’t Just “Check the Box”)2016
Delaware County Bar Association CLECybersecurity Ethical and Legal Challenges: How to Protect Your Clients and Your Firm2016
Cyber Security LitigationMinimizing Your Risk2016
Intellectual Property Committee MeetingCybersecurity for Lawyers and Clients How to keep your firm and your clients safe in a world of digital threats2015
IT Expert Series - Data Security SummitAre You Legally Prepared for the Coming Cyber War?2011
Pennsylvania Intellectual Property ForumWhy is this molecule different from all other molecules?2010
Enhance Your Business With Links and Friends: Online Social Media and YouIntro to Online Social Media and Using Facebook for Your Business2010
World Technology Summit 2009Where's my Free Legal Advice?2009
January 2009 MeetingUpcoming Legislation Affecting the US PTO2009
2008 Conference on Mastering Complex IP LicensingAvoiding Problems Arising from Licensing With Troubled Companies2008
2007 Conference on Mastering Complex IP LicensingAvoiding Problems Arising from Licensing With Troubled Companies2007
2006 Conference on Mastering Complex IP LicensingAvoiding Problems Arising from Licensing With Troubled Companies2006
The Comprehensive Workshop on Mastering Complex IP LicensingThe Intersection of Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Protection2005
Breakfast Meeting on the CREATE ActOutline of the CREATE Act amendments to patent law2005
TRANSACT 1999The Electronic Handshake: e-Signatures in e-Commerce1999
Intellectual Property in the Year 2000Biotechnology and Computer Software: The Patent System Responds to Exploding Technologies1997
First Annual Conference on Mammalian CloningMammalian Cloning: Crosscurrents in the Patent System1997
LES Annual Meeting (San Diego)Issues in Licensing Technology1995
LES Eastern Regional MeetingIssues in Patenting Biotechnology Inventions1990