Eric Gayan is an attorney and partner with the firm. Eric’s practice is directed primarily to the preparation and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications in the mechanical, electromechanical, medical device, electrical and electronic, software, and business method arts. He has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications related to a variety of technologies, including but not limited to automotive components and related manufacturing systems and processes; medical devices, including advanced prosthetics and orthotics; laboratory analytical and liquid handling instruments; electronic weighing and measuring equipment; plastic and rubber molding; electric power generation and storage; general industrial machinery and processes; and environmental-related technologies, such as groundwater and airborne emissions remediation, water testing and purification, and power plant optimization.
Eric has counseled a wide variety of U.S. and foreign clients, from individual inventors and start-ups, to Fortune and Global 100 corporations. Eric's counsel has included regular onsite work, as well as assistance with the development, training and support of client intellectual property committees. Exemplary clients include large automotive corporations; manufacturers of medical devices, laboratory and industrial precision instruments, materials processing machinery, and hand and power tools; molding and tooling companies; major electric utilities; and environmental and waste remediation firms.
As part of his patent prosecution practice, Eric has managed numerous U.S. patent reexamination actions, has appeared before the Appeal Board in Washington D.C. in that regard, and has also appeared with foreign counsel before the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich with respect to European opposition proceedings. Eric regularly prepares patentability, infringement, validity, and design around opinions, and prepares and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications. His practice further includes the preparation of agreements relating to the licensing, sale, acquisition and development of intellectual property, as well as litigation management and support.
Eric is admitted to practice law in Ohio, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University, and his Juris Doctorate degree (cum laude) from Capital University while simultaneously working full-time as an engineer.