C Graham Gerst - Global IP Law Group LLC
C Graham Gerst is a recognised authority on patent monetisation. He has testified before Congress on patent enforcement and spoken before the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice about related issues.
Mr Gerst has experience with all aspects of monetisation, including litigation, licensing and sales. In 2015 he led his firm’s efforts in taking over an International Trade Commission patent case facing 19 different parties and unfavourable circumstances, turning it around and achieving favourable settlements with the litigants. Another of his achievements was the sale of two patent portfolios on behalf of an operating business with a $77 million market cap for a combined $91 million.
Before joining Global IP, Mr Gerst served as senior counsel to the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice. In that position, he vice chaired the department’s IP taskforce and was appointed deputy US coordinator for international IP enforcement. He also managed technology-related and national security issues for the deputy attorney general (including computer forensics, information sharing, biometric data collection and management) and the department’s participation in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States – the body that reviews foreign acquisitions of US technology for national security concerns. During his tenure, Mr Gerst was appointed special assistant US attorney in the District of Columbia and was lead counsel on multiple successful criminal jury trials. Before that, Mr Gerst spent nine years in the IP litigation group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner.
Mr Gerst received a JD (cum laude) from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and subsequently lectured on trial advocacy. He is admitted to the Bars of the US Supreme Court, the US Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Seventh and Fifth Circuits and various US district courts.
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