Gerald Ray Prettyman

Law Office of Gerald R. Prettyman
Contact: 925.600.7342
Law Schools: Golden Gate University
Golden Gate University
Jurisdictions: California


About Gerald Ray Prettyman
Gerald R. Prettyman has been drafting and prosecuting patents since 2001 and preventing and solving legal problems for his clients since 2006. Mr. Prettyman also has over a decade of management and engineering experience improving throughput and decreasing defect losses at various large to small companies. He has two published law review articles, four published bar association articles, a law blog and makes periodic contributions to other online legal blogs. Mr. Prettyman was also a medical technician for eight years with the U.S. Navy and in the private sector.
Directory Practice Areas
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Patent Attorney (USPTO)
Professional Experience
Attorney at Law, Law Office of Gerald R. Prettyman
Counsel clients on issues of patent, intellectual property law, enterprise development and corporate law. Advise clients on idea protection using patents, copyright, trademark, trade secrets and domain names. Prepare and file patents, copyright and trademark applications. Clients include: California Sunlight, Council Photographics, Layover Pillow, O-D-O. and others. Researched software copyright issues and amended copyright infringement complaint for Software For Moving, Inc. Prepare and file incorporation and non-profit filings, draft contractor and non-disclosure agreements, wills and trust documents, and legal opinion letters. Clients include: Proximity Design Systems, L.L.C., Business Builders USA, Philmaking Consultations, Funtastic PhotoBooth, A NYLegend and others. Advise clients on business development strategies for legal, engineering, marketing and funding considerations. Clients include Proximity Design Systems, L.L.C., TrueBrood and others. Advise clients on validity analysis, freedom to operate, licensing opportunities, the use of electronic commerce, the Internet and in regulatory compliance. Clients as noted above and others.
Associate Attorney, Carr & Ferrell
Conducted client interviews, and prepared and prosecuted U.S. and PCT patent applications in the following fields: Software: automated network access, malware detection, error detection and correction, language translation and social networking. Hardware: memory optimization, memory stacking, and application specific integrated circuits. Business methods: interface and tracking of parallel processes, document recording and tracking. Biofuel development and fluid dynamics.
Patent Agent, Patent Office of Gerald R. Prettyman
Drafted and prosecuted patent applications while earning a J.D., and an LL.M in Intellectual Property. Drafted and prosecuted inventions in disability assistance: Step-Shaped Staircase Lift (US 7,484,595) and Spoon with Extendable Straw (US 7,047,648). Prepared applications for Embedded Watermark (US 2007/0026204), Portable Immersible Pool Chair (US 2008/0092285), Adaptive Smart Memory Card (US 7,232,074), Flexmount Optical Waveguide, Compliant Layer Chucking Surface (US 6,835,415), and RV Stabilizer (US 6,695,348). Researched patent ownership dispute and prepared complaint for declaratory relief.
Golden Gate UniversityLL.M. (2007)Intellectual Property
Golden Gate UniversityJ.D. (2005)Law, Intellectual Property & Real Estate
Honors: Specialization Certificate with Distinction in Intellectual Property Specialization Certificate with Distinction in Real Estate 2005 Real Estate Law Award 2002 CALI Property I Award (Best Essay). Dean's List: Spring 2005, Fall 2004, Spring 2004, Fall 2003, Fall 2002.
Activities: Teaching Assistant: Property I (3 professors, 2 semesters) and Evidence.
University of California - San DiegoB.S. (1989)Mechanical Engineering
Activities: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Professional Activities
Foundation Chair 2013-14; Secretary 2012-13, Seargant at Arms 2011-12 Rotary Club of Pleasanton North 2009-Current
Professional Associations
Patent Attorney, U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
Member, California State Bar
Patent Agent, U. S. Patent and Trademark Office


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2676 Gapwall Court
P.O. Box 1419
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Telephone: 925.600.7342
Fax: 925.600.7342