About Gearhart Law

The principals at Gearhart Law have been protecting clients for almost three decades. In fact, from individual entrepreneurs to global businesses, we've helped launch more than a thousand companies all over the world.

You can’t fake passion.

We genuinely love helping companies grow. Make no mistake: patents, trademarks and copyrights are not commodities. Each requires in-depth experience in their respective industries from experts that are accessible throughout the process. Our seasoned attorneys are extremely well-versed in a variety of fields, from software and the internet of things to energy, medical devices, life sciences, patentable plants and consumer products. More importantly, we are passionate about being very hands-on when we work with companies—you will always have access to the lead professional working on your project. We’ve developed a reputation for being true business partners and solving problems in the most complex areas of patent, trademark and copyright law. It’s no wonder many of our clients have used us repeatedly over the years.

At Gearhart Law, LLC, we pride ourselves on offering quality, professional legal services, and we’re proud to serve New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. We’re leading patent lawyers, trademark lawyers, and copyright lawyers providing expert advice and consultation. Most attorneys work as generalists, so they don’t have the specialized experience and training that’s necessary to handle the intricacies of patent, trademark, and copyright law. For these highly technical and complex areas, it’s always recommended that you seek out legal advice from professionals with focused areas of practice. Whether you need help navigating the details of patent law for your latest invention or you need assistance protecting and safeguarding your intellectual property, we’re always here to help.

The Team

Richard Gearhart, Esq.

Founding Partner

Richard commands a breadth of experience that comes from nearly 30 years of practice in Intellectual Property Law, including writing and prosecuting hundreds of patent applications. Gearhart Law emerged from his passion for entrepreneurship and startups.

David Postolski, Esq.

Partner

David is a registered patent attorney and Intellectual property attorney. He specializes in assisting inventors, creators, artists, start-ups, entrepreneurs and early stage companies.

James Klobucar, Esq.

Senior Associate, Life Sciences & Consumer Products

James Klobucar is the Chair for the Consumer and Design Patents Group at Gearhart Law. James has helped many inventors get both patent and trademark protection in a wide range of technology areas.

Elizabeth Gearhart, Ph.D. (nee McNamara) – Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

Patent Agent

Elizabeth’s current role at Gearhart Law is that of Chief Marketing Officer; she is also the co-host of a weekly radio show on iHeart for entrepreneurs called “Passage to Profit”, and as a patent agent drafted applications in the fields of chemistry, energy and consumer products.

Wai-si Eng, Ph.D. – Organic Chemistry and Radiochemistry.

Patent Agent

Wai-si is a registered US Patent Agent fluent in English and Chinese (native) with very extensive R&D experience in chemistry, biomedical imaging, medical devices, consumer products and pharmaceuticals.

Ashley Sperbeck, M.S., M.S., J.D.

Patent Agent

Ashley is a registered patent agent with over seven years of patent prosecution experience. Her areas of expertise include pharmaceuticals, medical devices, solar energy, bioengineering, chemical modeling, and nanotechnology.

Christopher D. Southgate, Ph.D., Esq.

Life Sciences Patent Attorney (Of-Counsel)

Christopher D. Southgate, Esq. is a Senior Life Sciences Patent Attorney located at the hub of the biotechnology industry on the East Coast in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Amy J. Benjamin

Of Counsel

Ms. Amy Benjamin’s practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property law including trademark, copyright and unfair competition, advertising and First Amendment litigation, counseling and procurement. Ms. Benjamin was named as a New York Super Lawyer in intellectual property in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2015 and is a member of Who’s Who.

Sergei Orel, Esq.

Of Counsel

Sergei is a trademark attorney with over 18 years of trademark prosecution experience in the USA and in other countries.

Gearhart Blog

6 questions to ask before you hire a patent attorney

Can you describe the entire process to me, what the steps are, about how long it should take, and the approximate cost for each step?  Can you explain the difference between a provisional and a non-provisional patent and the advantages of choosing one over the other? Can you explain what a design patent is and […]

Why did LeBron get his TM application refused by the USPTO?

Can you trademark a common term? The answer is no, or at least you can’t trademark anything that the United States Patent and Trademark Office considers common.  Just ask LeBron James, who tried to trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’.  Even someone as well-known as LeBron can’t get past the iron rules of the USPTO.  The office determined that the phrase is […]

Funding from the NJ-Israel Innovation Partnership Initiative – does your company qualify?

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for New Jersey-based companies interested in participating in the New Jersey-Israel Innovation Partnership Initiative. New Jersey companies that participate in the initiative will gain both access to international partners and to research and development (R&D) funds from an Israeli company and […]

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