Attorneys

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Robert F. Gazdzinski

Managing Attorney, Gazdzinski & Associates

Mr. Gazdzinski is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and has been admitted to the State Bars of California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He has also been admitted to United States District Courts for the Southern District of California, District of New Jersey, and Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Gazdzinski has a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Drexel University. Mr. Gazdzinski has also completed the Naval Nuclear Power Training program (comparable to a Master’s degree in nuclear engineering).

Prior to forming the Firm, Mr. Gazdzinski was associated with the law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson and Bear in San Diego, CA for several years. While at Knobbe Martens, Mr. Gazdzinski was responsible for domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution for a number of clients, as well as directing two patent evaluation and acquisition projects relating to a wide spectrum of technologies including asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 1149 JTAG, virtual private networking (VPN), speech recognition, IS-95, IS-54/136, GSM/PCS-1900, CDPD, IEEE 802.11 WLAN, Bluetooth, FHSS, ITU H.323, MPEG, and digital signal processing (DSP).  Mr. Gazdzinski also negotiated and drafted software licenses for a variety of clients.

Before joining Knobbe Martens, Mr. Gazdzinski was a senior nuclear engineer with Ogden Corporation, and a semiconductor research technician with IBM Corporation at Brookhaven National Laboratory (National Synchrotron Light Source) and East Fishkill, NY.  Mr. Gazdzinski also was an extern with the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, and worked as an operations assistant at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.

Mr. Gazdzinski was also a Naval Officer assigned to nuclear submarines and naval intelligence for several years. He served on three U.S. nuclear submarines (USS La Jolla, USS James K. Polk, and USS Patrick Henry), and qualified as nuclear engineer officer, as well as qualifying in submarines (both gold and silver dolphins). He was also an officer instructor at the S8G (Trident) reactor prototype in New York.

Mr. Gazdzinski is an inventor on forty-nine (49) issued U.S. Patents, and numerous pending applications. He has also published several works relating to intellectual property and various topics relating to nuclear engineering and electrical/electronics component aging, including SAND-96-0344, which is currently used by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a licensing standard for nuclear plant electrical components (see IEEE-Std. 1205-2000). He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Nuclear Society, and other professional organizations.

Mr. Gazdzinski was also co-founder and President of HoloWave Incorporated, developing next-generation holographic radio frequency communications technologies, and co-founder of Fusioneer Systems, Inc., aimed at developing micro-scale laser-based nuclear fusion technology. He was also the founder and CEO of NeutraScan Corporation, dealing with improved polymer aging evaluation techniques using subatomic particle activation.

Peter J. Gutierrez, III

Managing Attorney – Prosecution

Mr. Gutierrez is an intellectual property attorney with the firm of Gazdzinski & Associates and concentrates in patent prosecution, including post-issuance reexamination practice, and portfolio mining. Mr. Gutierrez has practice experience in a wide variety of engineering fields including: wireless communication protocols, wireless networking, computer hardware/software components, and electronic component packaging.

Mr. Gutierrez is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and has been admitted to the State Bar of California. Mr. Gutierrez also has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA .

Prior to joining the firm of Gazdzinski & Associates, Mr. Gutierrez’ experiences included a broad multi-discipline engineering background including employment with Pulse Electronics, Inc. in San Diego as a Mechanical Engineer for the HS LAN and Telecom Divisions.

 

 

Adam S. Garson

Managing Attorney – Litigation

Adam Garson focuses his practice on patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation and business disputes. He has extensive experience handling cases in district courts throughout the United States and in the International Trade Commission, including complex cases involving multiple parties, patents and jurisdictions. He has represented clients in matters involving a broad range of technologies, including computers and peripheral devices, smartphones, wireless communication devices and protocols, medical devices, software, underwater sonar and automotive technology.

Prior to joining Gazdzinski & Associates, Mr. Garson was a litigator with the international law firm DLA Piper LLP (US). Mr. Garson received his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also received his Bachelor's degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Representative Matters:

  • In re West View Research, LLC Patent Litigation - Representing named inventor in patent infringement actions, involving eleven patents, against Volkswagen, BMW, Hyundai, Nissan and Tesla in the Southern District of California.
  • Teledyne RD Instruments v. Rowe Technologies - Defending Rowe Technologies against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets involving underwater sonar devices in San Diego Superior Court.
  • Lazare Kaplan International Inc., v. Photoscribe Technologies, Inc. - Defending the Gemological Institute of America against claims of patent infringement in the Southern District of New York involving laser mirco-inscription technologies.
  • PepperBall Technologies, Inc. v. Security with Advanced Technology, Inc. - Representing PepperBall in patent litigation in Southern District of California involving manufacture of less-than-lethal weapons utilizing projectiles containing a strong irritant.
  • In re Papst Licensing GmbH Patent Litigation - Defending Maxtor and Quantum in multi-district, multi-party patent litigation consolidated in the Eastern District of Louisiana involving computer hard disk drive technologies.
  • MPAK Technologies v. Advanced HPC - Representing Advanced HPC in a trade secret action involving high-performance computer systems in San Diego Superior Court.
  • Charles E. Hill & Associates v. Amazon - Representing 13 defendants, including Amazon, eBay and Sears, in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving technology related to electronic catalogs.
  • QUALCOMM, Inc. v. Broadcom, Corp. - Representing QUALCOMM in multiple patent suits involving wireless communication technology in the ITC, Central District of California and Southern District of California.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company v. Acer, Inc. - Representing HP in multi-jurisdictional patent dispute involving five lawsuits in three jurisdictions (ITC, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Wisconsin) and a total of 26 patents (15 asserted by HP; 11 by Acer).
  • Hewlett-Packard Company v. Gateway & eMachines - Representing HP in multi-jurisdictional patent dispute involving seven lawsuits in five jurisdictions (ITC, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, Western District of Wisconsin, Southern District of California) and a total of 34 patents (23 asserted by HP; 11 by Gateway).

 

 

Joshua Emory

Josh Emory focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, including litigating all manner of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including appeals to the Federal Circuit. In addition to litigating, Mr. Emory's practice focuses on U.S. and international patent and trademark prosecution, including handling cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Mr. Emory has prosecuted a wide array of U.S. and international patent portfolios concerning life sciences, mechanical technologies, medical devices, and networks, including content delivery systems. Specifically, Mr. Emory has prosecuted inventions concerning molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry, genetic testing, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, semi-conductors, plasma fractionation processes, pyrolysis waste treatment systems, automotive parts, wireless devices, component packaging, biodegradable containers, and therapeutic garments. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Mr. Emory's career focused on proteomics using a variety of techniques including 2D gel electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, western blots and robotics.

Additionally, Mr. Emory's practice focuses on trademark registration, counseling and enforcement. Mr. Emory has prosecuted a large number of U.S. and International trademark portfolios for a diverse range of clients, in all areas of trademark law, including the evaluation and clearance of trademarks, maintenance and monitoring of marks, licensing, recordation of trademarks with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, and the handling of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB.

Mr. Emory received his Juris Doctorate from Whittier School of Law. He also received a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences (including minors in Chemistry and Medical Physics) from the University of Denver graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Emory is admitted to the State Bar of California and is also registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Representative Matters:

  • In re West View Research, LLC Patent Litigation - Representation of named inventor in patent infringement actions, involving eleven patents, against Volkswagen, BMW, Hyundai, Nissan and Tesla in the Southern District of California.
  • Teledyne RD Instruments v. Rowe Technologies - Defending Rowe Technologies against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract involving underwater sonar devices in San Diego Superior Court.
  • Koenigsegg Automotive AB v. Koenigsegg Automobile Inc. - Representation of Plaintiff Koenigsegg Automotive AB, a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, involving trademark infringement, cybersquatting, false advertising and fraudulent registration of trademarks in the Central District of California.
  • Bird Barrier America Inc. v. Bird-B-Gone Inc. - Defending Bird-B-Gone, Inc. against claims of patent infringement and pre-issuance damages in the Central District of California.
  • Billups-Rothenberg, Inc. v. A.R.U.P. and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. - Representation of named inventor in patent infringement action in the Central District of California, involving two patents relating to methods of detecting a mutation associated with hemochromatosis.
  • In re Digital Spectrum Solutions, Inc., Patent Litigation - Representation of Plaintiff in patent infringement actions against Eastman Kodak, Atico International, Target and Westinghouse Digital Electronics in the Central District of California.
  • Cyberiansoft v. The M.M. Primas Group Inc. - Representation of Plaintiff in copyright infringement action involving source code in the Central District of California.
  • Autogenomics, Inc. v. Oxford Gene Technology, Ltd. - Representation of Plaintiff in a declaratory judgement action related to patent infringement in the Central District if California.

 

 

Brian Hahn

Mr. Hahn is an associate with the firm of Gazdzinski & Associates. He has been admitted to the State Bar of California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Mr. Hahn received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and his Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from UCLA. In law school, he served on the board of the Hastings Intellectual Property Association and the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal.

Throughout his academic career, Mr. Hahn has published several scientific and legal journal articles, including The Antitrust Implications of Filing “Sham” Citizen Petitions with the FDA, 65 HASTINGS L.J. 113 (2013), Toward an Implantable Functional Electrical Stimulation Device to Correct Strabismus, J AAPOS. 2009 Jun;13(3): 229–35.e1, and Genetic Susceptibility to Therapy-Related Leukemia After Hodgkin Lymphoma or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Role of Drug Metabolism, Apoptosis and DNA Repair, Blood Cancer J. 2012 Mar;2(3): e58.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hahn was a research associate at City of Hope National Medical Center. Prior to joining Gazdzinski & Associates, he was an intern at Intellectual Property Law Group, LLP and Solazyme, Inc. as well as a solo patent agent.

Frederic (Eric) Ludwig

An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Ludwig's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. His background includes litigating and trying all manner of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, and business dispute cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. Mr. Ludwig has tried nearly two dozen cases to jury verdict, and his clients run the gamut from individual inventors and entrepreneurs to start-up ventures and Fortune 100 companies.

Prior to joining Gazdzinski & Associates, Mr. Ludwig was a founding member of Kyle Ludwig Harris, LLP, where he practiced IP litigation. Before that, he spent six years with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office where he tried 20 cases to jury while serving as a Deputy District Attorney (DDA) in the Economic Crimes, Superior Court, and Special Operations Divisions. As a DDA, Mr. Ludwig focused on the investigation and prosecution of complex felony cases, including financial crimes, counter-terrorism, and political corruption.

Mr. Ludwig also spent six years as an IP attorney with Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch prior to becoming a DDA. As senior counsel at Procopio, Mr. Ludwig handled all aspects of national and international intellectual property litigation matters for cases arising out of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and India. His IP work led him to be recognition by San Diego Metro Magazine, which named him among its "Top 40 under 40" in 2006.

Mr. Ludwig received his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law. He also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Business Economics, from the University of San Diego, where he graduated first in his class in the School of Business. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, Supreme Court of the State of California, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California. He is also a member of numerous professional, philanthropic, and community service associations.

 

Derek Midkiff

Mr. Midkiff is an associate with Gazdzinski & Associates. He is admitted to the State Bar of California, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Mr. Midkiff received his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, as well as his Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana.

While attending law school, Mr. Midkiff was a fellow with the Thomas Jefferson Intellectual Property Fellowship and the President of the Intellectual Property Law Association.

Prior to joining Gazdzinski & Associates, Mr. Midkiff worked as a patent agent at Eastman & McCartney LLP, and as a patent attorney at MU Patents, both located in San Diego, California.

Mr. Midkiff was published in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. Randy Berholtz et al., WHERE TO FILE: A Framework for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies to Develop an International Patent Filing Strategy, 37 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 221 (2015).