C. GRAHAM GERST

I counsel clients in a wide array of intellectual-property and technology-related matters. I represent clients in litigation in the district courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission and work with clients to license their intellectual property without resorting to the courts. I also sells patents and trade secrets for clients and, in one engagement, achieved possibly the highest per-family price ever paid in the industry ($37.5M/patent family). I also advise on data-privacy issues.

LOCATION: Chicago, IL

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN: Accepted to bars of U.S. Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 7th, and Federal Circuits, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

CURRENT FIRM: Global IP Law Group, LLC

PRIOR FIRM(S): Kirkland & Ellis

LAW SCHOOL: University of Chicago

HONORS AND AWARDS: Named on of world's 300 leading IP strategists every year since 2012 (IAM Magazine); named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois and, for the last eight years, designated as a Super Lawyer; U. of Chicago Law Review and cum laude.

PRACTICE AREA(S):

Intellectual Property

(Advertising and Marketing, Licensing Transactions, Litigation — Patent, Litigation — Trade Secret, Copyright, Trademark and Unfair Competition, Patent Law)

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

(Data Retention, Governance and Compliance, Incident Response and Data Breach Counseling, Privacy and Data Protection Litigation, Regulatory Investigations)

INDUSTRY: I represent companies in a wide array of industries, including high tech (e.g., data networking, semiconductor, software, telecommunications) industrial (e.g., turbines, cardboard packaging, and automotive), security, finance, and universities.

NOTABLE ROLES/EXPERIENCE: Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of the District of Columbia (2018-2019); Vice Chair of U.S. Dept. of Justice IP Task Force; Law Clerk to E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit


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