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Gerry J. Elman

Patent application Attorney at Denton, TX

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Elman IP

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  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 54 years
    New York - NY 56 years
  • Licensed for 54 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1969
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 56 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1967
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Gerry

Learn Gerry’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Patent application
    Gerry has prosecuted patent applications for such varied inventions as an astronaut's toilet, antimicrobial wound dressings, exercise devices, a maternity undergarment, genetic sequences for a vaccine, services provided via the Internet, computer multi-drive systems, etc.

    57 years

  2. Trademark application
    Gerry has served on the editorial board of The Trademark Reporter, a publication of the International Trademark Association.

    57 years

  3. Copyright application
    Gerry files copyright applications using the new electronic filing system of the U.S. Copyright Office.

    42 years

  4. Intellectual property
    Intellectual property embraces patent, trademark and copyright work. Gerry has been an active practitioner in each of these areas.

    57 years

  5. Patent infringement
    Gerry advises on patent infringement issues and litigates such cases.

  6. Trademark infringement
    Gerry litigates cases of trademark infringement.

  7. Copyright infringement
    Gerry litigates cases of copyright infringement.

  8. Licensing
    Gerry has presented talks on licensing at two meetings of the Licensing Executives Society and at three conferences on Complex Licensing sponsored by Law Seminars International.

    42 years


Now in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, practicing as Elman IP, until recently I was the principal of Elman Technology Law, P.C., near Philadelphia,. Pennsylvania. A registered patent attorney and member of the Bar in New York and Pennsylvania, my practice is devoted to federal intellectual property matters. I subscribe to the motto: "Strategic Lawyering. Cultivating Innovation." I take pride in the personal service I provide to each of my clients.


I grew up on the north side of Chicago and studied physical sciences at the University of Chicago.


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.


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.



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Gerry Elman was interviewed on Money Matters TV on February 4, 2015. He discussed the latest developments in cybersecurity law and best practices for businesses and consumers to protect themselves.
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Elman IP
6117 St James Pl
Denton, TX, 76210


5.0 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Amy | April 14, 2012
Expert legal counsel in technology law
Gerry Elman and his team of attorneys were a great resource for the Esri Mid-Atlantic Users Group, when I was president of the organization. They are very knowledgeable about technology law and helped the group with its non-profit incorporation. I would be happy to recommend them to those with a need for expert legal advice and counsel.
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Posted by Tom | May 27, 2013
Outstanding client centered intellectual property attorney
Gerry is an outstanding intellectual property attorney. I have never dealt with anyone else, professional or nonprofessional, who worked so hard to enable me to be an intelligent client. His knowledge is breathtaking and he always seems to know exactly which piece of that knowledge will apply to even the most esoteric issue. 3 notes: (1.) I previously submitted the above review on LinkedIn. I'm delighted to submit it here as well. (2.) This site only let me select 1 "type of case" below. Gerry also represented me in contract negotiations for my consulting services with a large corporation and kept me from getting burned very badly. (3.) I can't emphasize too strongly how important it always was to Gerry for me to be an intelligent client and educate me so that I could contribute meaningfully to judgement calls, etc. This is in stark contrast to almost every other attorney I've dealt with. The others were competent, but wanted to take the ball and run with it, typically without knowing enough about me to make right decisions. Gerry went the extra mile, not only taking time to understand my position, but to point out important subtleties I had completely missed and to actively involve me in developing strategy and making decisions. That is exactly the kind of representation I wanted and needed.
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Posted by Robert | January 18, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Accomplished patent, trademark, copyright, and IP attorney
There isn't another patent, trademark, copyright, or IP attorney with more experience and success than Gerry Elman...please contact Gerry if you also need integrity and transparency as well. Gerry has also served on the CSA Delaware Valley Chapter Board of Directors for many years and has contributed to our chapter's growth.
Posted by Tedd | August 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Dr. Tedd Koren
Mr. Elman was everything I'd want in an attorney - understanding, helpful and sensitive to our needs. He explained everything to us. We had a time sensitive issue and, practically at the last minute, Mr. Elman took on the problem we had, worked over the weekend and got it out to us inside the deadline. Thank you Mr. Elman.
Posted by Robert | July 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
True Professionals
Gerry Elman is a patent attorney who I found on the internet. Mr Elman explained what he was going to do, within two weeks Gerry and his staff had my patent reinstated. I highly recommend Elman Technology Law. True professionals.
Response from Gerry Elman July 22, 2020
Robert- We are delighted that we were able to resurrect your unintentionally abandoned patent application. We look forward to assisting with its further prosecution.
Posted by Casey | October 11, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Best listener + Genuine Interest + Expertise in Law and Technology = Brilliant Lawyer
I have been the lucky beneficiary of Gerry Elman's sound advice, amazing listening skills, and vast knowledge of technology and the law. With his sincere attentiveness and deep experience with many areas of technology, Gerry adds several dimensions of expertise beyond the law.
Posted by Timothy Geiger | September 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Internet, Patent Application, Licensing - Excellent and very Knowlegable
Gerry is a industry leader when it comes to Patents, Trade mark and licensing. Very easy to discuss ideas and situations that could come up. He also prepared me with good case bad case scenarios and cost if we had any issues in our filings. I highly recommend Gerry.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Knowledgable
After receiving a demand letter in regard to a trademark I filed, Gerry was able to successfully contact the sending attorney and find a resolution that both parties were happy with. I recommend him highly for resolving any trademark matter.
Posted by Jory | May 31, 2013
IP and Technology Attorney - Top Flight!
Working with Gerry and his team on intellectual property issues, including patents and trademarks, has been educational, enlightening and enjoyable. Gerry is adept at clearly explaining the ins and outs in lay terms, is happy to make recommendations and does not apply pressure to move in any given direction. I highly recommend Gerry to any individual or corporation with intellectual property legal needs
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2009
Joel: Holder of Numerous Patents
Gerry's enthusiasm and expertise in helping me with my patents is unmatched. He puts forth 100% for his clients. I felt confident in referring others to him.
Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2008
Client Review
Gerry is simply outstanding! He was the IP counsel for a biotech company I started and took public. A large part of our valuation came from the incredible IP Gerry was responsible for. His guidance, expertise, and shepherding through the US and PCT patent processes gave our company incredible advantages. Examples of this are almost too numerous to cover here but some include: his freedom to operate and infringement opinions uncovered something that Fish & Richardson had missed that was critical to our company - and he accomplished this in less time and for a lower cost. His ability to navigate mine fields, steer us clear, and find a new alternative when seeking protection meant that eventually we secured claims which basically allowed us to the the ONLY company that could develop prodcuts and practice in an area that the industry felt was "locked up" by a broad patent suported by a $6 billion company. Gerry, is not only extremely bright but patient, listens well, provides great examples and works with the most naive technical professional in a way that they feel great about learning and doing the work to get the materials to him that are needed to provide terrific specifications and incredible claims. I have recommended Gerry to others and he has done a similarly great job for those individuals or companies.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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  • Columbia University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1967
  • Stanford University
  • Master of Science
  • 1964
  • University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1963
  • Temple University
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Symantec v. Computer Associates Int'l and Richard B. Levin
  • CAFC affirmed district court decision.
  • Symantec v. Computer Associates
  • Dismissed, then appealed to CAFC
  • Scogna v. Allen
  • Settled, by mediation via Kevin Casey, Esq.
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  • Cloud Security Alliance, Delaware Valley Chapter
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • TriState.IoT Meetup Group
  • Co-Organizer
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Innovators for Patent Reform
  • Law Firm Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • 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
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law Section
  • Active Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Biotechnology Committee
  • Active Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Electronic and Computer Law Committee
  • Active Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • 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
  • Vistage Trusted Advisors Roundtable
  • Active Member
  • 2006 - 2012
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Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 for Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 2017
  • 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
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  • LinkedIn Pulse
  • Don't Let a Defective Provisional Sink Your Patent
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Intellectual Property Committee Meeting
  • Cybersecurity for Lawyers and Clients How to keep your firm and your clients safe in a world of digital threats
  • 2015
  • Pennsylvania Intellectual Property Forum
  • Why is this molecule different from all other molecules?
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (18)
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Licensing Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Licensing Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Elman. His responses on Avvo have been on target and presented in a helpful fashion."
Patent application Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Internet Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer and his office. Jerry is exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced. He takes the time to communicate clearly and concisely on complex issues with a view to a pragmatic resolution and most importantly gets results."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to recommend this outstanding IP lawyer, a well recognized authority in the field with an impeccable record of over 45 years of top notch performance. A brilliant attorney who offers exceptional practical advice."
Intellectual property Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I've known Gerry Elman for many years and am now Of Counsel to Elman Technology Law (ETL). Gerry spends time and energy to provide clients with not just an answer to a specific question, but advice to guide and protect their businesses in the future. His deep and broad knowledge of Intellectual Property law has enabled him to truly practice ETL's credo: "Strategic Lawyering. Cultivating Innovation.""
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Elman's answers on Avvo are very informative. I endorse this lawyer."
Patent application Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Licensing Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trademark application Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Elman is simply an exceptional attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. I am a former judge, former magistrate, former prosecutor, and an attorney with 24 years of experience. I still learn from his answers on Avvo on a daily basis and I am constantly impressed."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Internet Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known of Gerry for some years. He is a well regarded attorney in the legal community. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Antitrust and trade law Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trademark infringement Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Other
"Gerry Elman and I both frequent copyright and trademark questions here on Avvo. He is, frankly, more experienced than I in these areas. When something unusual by way of a question comes in I look to see what he thought were the issues and solutions, often put in the most practical terms."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Denton Patent application Lawyer Gerry J. Elman
Gerry J. Elman
Patent application Attorney
Denton, TX
Licensed for 56 years
Virtual consultation available