Contact Gerald DePardo
Gerry is an intellectual property and transactional attorney having extensive experience in domestic and foreign corporate intellectual property matters, including developing patent and trademark strategies and portfolios, IP landscape reviews and analysis, product IP clearance and freedom to operate reviews and opinions, corporate IP brainstorming, trade secret management and risk reduction, M&A/Investor IP diligence, biotech tools, software, e-commerce and business method patent issues, corporate IP education, IP audits, strategy setting with senior management, IP transactions and licensing, dispute resolution, and IP issues relating to international relations/transactions.
Gerry was formerly Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for The Travelers Companies, Inc., where he lead the intellectual property function and oversaw the development and implementation of corporate intellectual property strategies and portfolios. Prior to joining Travelers, Gerry was a partner at MPH representing corporate clients on a broad range of intellectual property issues. Gerry was also formerly Chief IP Counsel for several emerging growth technology companies, including CiDRA Corporation, CyVera Corporation, and Illumina, Inc., where he was responsible for developing and managing intellectual property, licensing, and corporate transactional matters. Gerry was also an intellectual property attorney at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he was responsible for a broad range of intellectual property, licensing and transactional activities in UTC’s Commercial/Industrial and Aerospace/Defense divisions.
His practice focuses on representing large, medium, and small companies as well as entrepreneurs and Venture Capital investors across a wide range of technologies and industries, including: Information Technology/e-commerce/Internet, Software, Insurance/Financial Services, FinTech, InsurTech, Digital Health, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Digital Media, Life Sciences/Biotech tools, Bioinformatics, Big Data Analytics, Oil & Gas/Energy, Green Energy, Telecommunications, Optical Components & Instruments, Industrial Sensing & Process Control, Aerospace, Building & Security Systems, and Automotive.
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law
Awards and Recognitions
Who’s Who Among Corporate Executives 2003
Offices and Positions
CT Innovations – Eli Whitney Investment Advisory Committee
Advisory Board, Judge Janet Bond Arterton American Inn of Court
Former Board Member of Intellectual Property Owners Association
Former Board Liaison for IPO’s Internet Domain Name Committee
Board Member CT Science and Engineering Fair
Association of Corporate Patent Counsels
Intellectual Property Owners Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
International Trademark Association
Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association & IP Law Section Member
Judge Janet Bond Arterton American Inn of Court
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. Supreme Court
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Quoted in Article: “Intellectual Property: Taking the fight to the fighters” ; by: Frederick Mostert; NOVEMBER 15, 2017, Financial Times (London).
Quoted in Article: “Guide to patenting” ; by: Frederick Mostert; JUNE 9, 2016, Financial Times (London).
Panel member and speaker at Patents for Financial Services Summit annual event by World Congress 2009-2013
Speaker: “Beyond Patents: Using Trade Secrets & Copyrights to Protect Innovation,” at IP Protection for Financial Services event, March 8, 2010
Panel member and speaker, “What Is Your IP Strategy? Do You Have One?” Association of Corporate Counsel event, April 15, 2008
Speaker: “The End of Free Sharing in the Insurance Industry,” CAS Conference, June 18, 2007
Article: “In House Intellectual Property Functions in the Insurance Industry – A New Corporate Paradigm?” Insurance IP Bulletin, Dec. 15, 2006