Gerard von Hoffmann

Gerard von Hoffmann attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry.  From 1978 to 1980, Mr. von Hoffmann was employed as a Chemist in the Analytical Chemistry Department of the ITT CBC Research Laboratory in Rye, New York.

Mr. von Hoffmann received his Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1983 and attended the Institute on International and Comparative Law at Oxford University in 1981.  Since receiving his J.D., he has taken graduate courses in patent law at The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Mr. von Hoffmann served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Helen W. Nies, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, from 1984-1986, and as Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at Loyola University Law School, commencing spring term 1989.   Mr. von Hoffmann has spoken on a number of substantive patent law topics in both the U.S. and Japan.  He has authored “Nonstatutory Defenses Part II: Laches and Equitable Estoppel,” published in the Practicing Law Institute Patent Litigation course book; “Patent Drafting with Litigation in Mind,” published in California Republic; and co-authored “Reduction to Practice, Experimental Use, and the On Sale and Public Use Bars to Patentability” in St. John’s Law Review.

He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1984, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1985, the U.S. Claims Court in 1986, and various Federal Courts, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He is a member of a variety of professional associations.

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