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Gerald Ray Prettyman

Gerald Ray Prettyman

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  • Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property...
  • California, Minnesota
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Summary

Gerald R. Prettyman has been preparing and filing patents since 2001, and since 2006 has additionally filed trademarks, copyrights and business filings, and worked to prevent and solve legal problems for his clients . Mr. Prettyman has filed or handles close to 200 patents and applications for his client as well as over 70 trademarks. Mr. Prettyman was previously as an engineer and a business manager, making him uniquely qualified to work with tech companies and start-ups.

Practice Areas
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Online (secure) invoices are also available.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Minnesota
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney at Law
Law Office of Gerald R. Prettyman
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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
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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
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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.
Education
Golden Gate University
LL.M. (2007) | Intellectual Property
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Golden Gate University
J.D. (2005) | Law, Intellectual Property & Real Estate
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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 Diego
B.S. (1989) | Mechanical Engineering
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Activities: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Awards
Specialization Certificate with Distinction in Intellectual Property
Golden Gate University School of Law
Specialization Certificate with Distinction in Real Estate
Golden Gate University School of Law
Professional Associations
Rotary Club of Pleasanton North
Foundation Chair 2015-2017,2013-14; Secretary 2012-13, Sergeant at Arms 2011-12
- Current
Activities: Rotary International brings together business and professional leaders to provide national and international humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Rotary is non-political and non-sectarian and welcomes people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. Rotary has over 1.2 million individual 'Rotarians' in over 34,200 member clubs worldwide.
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office # 48,778
Patent Attorney
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California State Bar # 247887
Member
- Current
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office # 48,778
Patent Agent
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American Society for Quality # 39213
Certified Quality Engineer
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Ethical Reforms in Biotechnology Research Regulations
University of Virginia School of Law, Journal of Social Policy & the Law
The Evolving Written Description Doctrine and the Search for Specificity
Pepperdine University School of Law, Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law
Certifications
Patent Attorney
USPTO
Websites & Blogs
Website
Got A Bright Idea?, visit gotabrightidea.com
Website
Law Office of Gerald R Prettyman
Blog
grpblawg: Intellectual Property, Patent and other Legal Issues
Social Media
Contact & Map
5890 Stoneridge Dr Ste 102
Pleasanton, CA 94588
USA
Telephone: (925) 600-7342