• Biography

    Dr. Gary Edwards has represented a wide range of clients from large, multi-national corporations, start-up companies, and independent inventors to develop, enforce, defend, and monetize their intellectual property rights. Dr. Edwards works with high technology companies to protect their technology, build intellectual property portfolios, assert IP rights, monetize portfolios and defend against the assertions of competitors. Whether it is in litigation (the International Trade Commission or in U.S. District Courts), in licensing or acquisition negotiations, in the analysis of IP portfolios, in the analysis of third party patents or in practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or international patent offices, Gary’s broad technical background and experience allows him to counsel clients to balance the often competing legal and business issues that surround the acquisition, defense, and assertion of patent rights.

    Dr. Edwards, with a strong technical background in physics and materials science, has broad experience in a diverse array of technologies. He has experience technological areas that includes optical devices, optical materials (including nonlinear materials, and LEDs), semiconductor processing, semiconductor processing equipment (e-beam, lithography, surface inspection, materials deposition, etching), semiconductor devices, energy storage technologies including solid-state batteries, alternative energy systems (e.g., solar, wind, and tidal), telecommunications (e.g., high-speed LAN, DSL, wireless, and modem technologies), nanotechnologies (e.g., MEMS, superconducting devices, and materials structures), electronic circuits, imaging technologies, video and sound compression and transmission technologies, remote sensing devices, and information technologies (e.g., software and networking). Dr. Edwards’ broad technological background lends itself to complex technologies, novel materials structures, and cross-disciplinary technologies.

    Dr. Edwards has represented clients in licensing negotiations, has participated in litigation in district court as well as in the ITC, has handled disputes involving patent ownership and other issues, has negotiated licenses with various sized companies, has developed patent portfolios for companies of sizes ranging from small startups to large multi-national companies, has analyzed portfolios for acquisition, and has advised clients on third-party IP issues. Dr. Edwards experience as a University Professor allows him to not only easily grasp the technology underlying a particular matter, but to also interact with both the business and technical people involved in order to evaluate and advise on actions that are most likely to reach the goals of the client.

    Gary is involved in his community and is a founding member of Discover Angling, a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize with various youth groups to arrange on-the-water adventures for disadvantaged youth on San Francisco Bay and offshore. Gary is also involved in various boating and other similar activities.

    Gary was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2018-2019.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1997, Order of the Coif; Lead Research Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, 1996-1997; Vice-President, University of Pittsburgh Science and Technology Law Society, 1995-1997
    • Ph.D., Physics, University of Connecticut, 1989
    • M.S., Physics, University of Connecticut, 1982
    • B.S., Physics, University of Vermont, 1981, cum laude; with honors
  • Admissions

    • California
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office