Eric Gayan is an attorney and partner with the firm. His practice is directed primarily to domestic and international patent and trademark matters.
Eric has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical, electromechanical, medical device, electrical/electronic, computer, software, environmental and waste remediation, and business method arts. He 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 the development, training and support of client intellectual property committees.
As part of his patent practice, Eric has directed numerous U.S. post-grant proceedings, including reexamination and inter partes review actions, has appeared before the patent board in Washington D.C., and has also appeared with foreign counsel before the European Patent Office in Munich with respect to European opposition proceedings. He also regularly prepares patentability, infringement, validity, and design around opinions.
As part of his trademark practice, Eric advises clients on all aspects of domestic and international trademark matters. He has significant experience in helping clients select and clear trademarks, preparing and prosecuting domestic trademark applications, working with foreign counsel to obtain foreign trademarks, and conducting proceedings before the trademark board.
Eric’s practice further involves both patent and trademark litigation, including strategy development, motion practice, claim construction, expert selection and expert report preparation, and general management and support. Eric also engages in settlement negotiations involving pre-litigation infringement claims, and regularly prepares agreements relating to the licensing, sale, acquisition and development of intellectual property.
Eric is admitted to practice law in Ohio and North Carolina, 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 has Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University, and worked as an engineer for eight years before obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from Capital University.