GREG H. GARDELLA
is a partner in the firm's Post Grant Patent Practice Group focusing on post-grant patent proceedings, patent prosecution, strategic counseling, due diligence investigations, and pre-suit investigations. Mr. Gardella is a former litigator, having spent the first several years of his practice handling high-stakes patent litigation for various Fortune 100 clients. He leverages his extensive litigation background to focus on adversarial post grant USPTO proceedings. A distinguished reexamination specialist, he has handled a significant amount of high-profile patent reexamination disputes, such as the noteworthy defense of the famous TiVo time warp patent. The successful defense of the TiVo patent reexamination led to a $500 million dollar licensing settlement with rival EchoStar.
Mr. Gardella also develops and manages the patent portfolios of mid-sized and large technology-focused companies. He has extensive experience in strategic enforcement and freedom-to-operate counseling wherein he advises companies how best to enforce their patent portfolios and take defensive measures to circumvent patent assertions by competitors.
Mr. Gardella has substantial education and experience in the following technical areas: semiconductor fabrication and device structure (e.g. vapor deposition, etch, patterning, spinon coatings, implant, epitaxy, LEDs, power MOSFETs, solar cells, LCDs), computer architecture (e.g. superscalar uPs, graphics/memory controllers, I/O controllers, adapters, bridges, DMA, cache coherency, power management), wireless telecommunications (e.g. GSM, IS-95/54, GPRS and 3G standards, including WCDMA, CDMA-2000, and UMTS; security protocols; vocoding; bridging; duplexing), network data communication (e.g. Bluetooth and other wireless protocols, access control, routing, ATM, enterprise platforms, ASPs, VPNs), software ranging from microcode to application layer (e.g. middleware, OS, SSL, drivers, application layer suites, environments including C, C++, Java, XML, HTML, TEK, Perl, HDLs), medical devices (e.g. implantable devices, surgical devices, automated pharmacy systems, defibrillators, spinal implants, slow release implants, endoscopic devices), signal processing, embedded controllers, VLSI design, microstructured films, and various types of industrial equipment.
Mr. Gardella contributes to the firm’s Patents Post Grant Law Blog, providing insights and commentary on existing and proposed post-grant options, trends, practice tips and news relating to patent reexamination, reissue and the new post grant procedures introduced by the Leahy Smith America Invents Act.
The Legal 500
, recognized for his expertise in patent reexamination
Best Lawyers in America
, named to its list of top intellectual property lawyers (2012)
Minnesota Super Lawyers
- Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude
- University of Minnesota, M.S., Electrical Engineering (top 10% of class)
- University of Michigan, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude