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Gary Solomon


Foley & Lardner

Gary Solomon is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Electronics Practice. Gary focuses his practice on patent preparation, prosecution and the monetization and protection of these intellectual property assets.

Gary has years of experience help developing large and strategic patent portfolios for his clients, as well as conducting IP due diligence; drafting legal opinions relating to utility and design patents, including patentability, non-infringement, freedom-to-operate, invalidity and design-around opinions; and participating in a number of IP transactions, including acquisition, funding and company sales.

Gary holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and has experience in the areas of communications systems, automatic control systems, power systems, robotics, antennas, microelectronics, industrial equipment, locker systems, optics, digital signal processing (DSP), imaging systems, software, mechanical devices, medical devices, energy services equipment, leisure devices, business processes, fashion, and many other technologies.

Gary has drafted and prosecuted a wide range of strategic patent applications for high-tech and low-tech inventions. From having worked with startup companies in both technical and legal capacities for almost three decades, including 10 years as a practicing engineer and more than 21 years as a patent attorney, Gary has the experience to effectively counsel startups on how to effectively leverage IP to support business and technology execution and exit strategies.

Recent Articles by Gary Solomon

Striking a Balance between Quality and Value in a Patent Portfolio

Without unlimited funds, a constant issue for developing and maintaining a patent portfolio is how to balance between obtaining the highest quality patents and obtaining patents at a lower cost to grow a portfolio. When biasing towards a reduced cost, some aspects of a well-written patent application may also be sacrificed. Some of these items may be more critical to a patent that is likely to be enforced, whereas other items may be more valuable to building a robust patent family based on that disclosure. In any event, there is always an opportunity to pursue a patent with a strategic focus. The below non-exhaustive list includes some common items that may be included in a more comprehensive patent application preparation and prosecution process that aims for higher quality and other items that may be sacrificed in a more cost-sensitive patent application process. Of course, the approach here does not recommend removing or foregoing any items from the patent application process, but these items are available for consideration when there are budgetary constraints.