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Background

​Frank Gerratana is a Principal in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson. His practice focuses on helping inventors obtain patents in cutting-edge electrical and computer technologies such as smartphones, “Big Data,” medical devices, computer security, and cryptocurrency & blockchain systems.​ He helps startups and established companies develop and manage their patent portfolios, including patent preparation and prosecution, due diligence, and general counseling. Mr. Gerratana also does extensive pro bono work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and many other organizations. In 2016, Mr. Gerratana was named “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and in 2015 he was named a “Rising Star” in SuperLawyers, Massachusetts.

Mr. Gerratana was previously a Summer Associate with the firm (2007). He also performed legal work for the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic at the Washington College of Law (2007-2008) and for the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (2006).

On the technical side, Mr. Gerratana worked in software engineering for ComBrio, Inc. (2004-2005) and in Internet commerce as co-founder of DGN Enterprises (1997-1999). He was also a Teaching Assistant for Computer Science courses at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2002-2005).

Education

J.D., American University Washington College of Law 2008


M.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2005
Computer Science


B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2004
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
with high distinction

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2008
  • Massachusetts 2008

Memberships & Affiliations

Vice Chair, AIPLA Law Practice Management Committee, 2016-2017
​Chair, AIPLA New Lawyers Committee, 2014-2016
Vice Chair, AIPLA New Lawyers Committee, 2013-2014

Other Distinctions

Named a 2016 “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Named a 2015 “Rising Star” SuperLawyers, Massachusetts

​​Recipient of the ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award.

Presentations

“IP and Cannabis Law” Speaker, Boston Bar Association Cannabis Law Conference (November 1, 2018).

“Long-Term Insight Into the Future of the Licensing Practice” Speaker, Licensing Executive Society 2018 Annual Meeting (October 16, 2018).

“Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Fundamentals” Speaker, AIPLA Conference (May 15, 2018).

“Fintech Fundamentals & Cryptocurrency” Speaker, AIPLA Conference (January 26, 2018).

“Software Patent Eligibility After Alice” Speaker, Fish Webinar (November 2, 2016).

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Fish Patent Blog
April 2, 2019
As Blockchain Goes Mainstream, Patent Applicants Face Familiar Hurdles
As Blockchain Goes Mainstream, Patent Applicants Face Familiar Hurdles
Authors: Frank L. Gerratana, Ryan P. McCarthy
Event
November 2nd, 2016 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Patentability of Software After Alice
Webinar: Patentability of Software After Alice
Webinar
News
April 7, 2016
Fish & Richardson Announces Frank Gerratana and Kimberly McLaughlin Selected for Excellence in the Law Awards by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Fish & Richardson Announces Frank Gerratana and Kimberly McLaughlin Selected for Excellence in the Law Awards by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Press Release
Event
March 20th, 2019 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Patenting Software - A Case Study in Overcoming Alice
Webinar: Patenting Software - A Case Study in Overcoming <i>Alice</i>
Webinar
News
February 11, 2019
Fish Releases Latest Case Study, "Patenting Software: A Case Study in Overcoming Alice"
Fish Releases Latest Case Study, Alice"">
News
October 4, 2018
The USPTO's Prior Art Archive and Its Implications for Defensive Publication
The USPTO's Prior Art Archive and Its Implications for Defensive Publication
Legal Alerts
Event
October 14th, 2018
Licensing Executive Society (LES) 2018 Annual Meeting
Licensing Executive Society (LES) 2018 Annual Meeting
Speaking Engagement
Event
October 19th, 2017 | 6:30 am EDT
AIPLA 2017 Annual Meeting
AIPLA 2017 Annual Meeting
Sponsorship
Event
May 17th, 2017 | 11:00 am PDT
AIPLA 2017 Spring Meeting
AIPLA 2017 Spring Meeting
Speaking Engagement
Sponsorship
Event
January 19th, 2017 | 12:30 pm EST
Webinar | AIPLA: Business Development - Creating, Cultivating & Maintaining Client Relationships that Generate IP Work
Webinar | AIPLA: Business Development - Creating, Cultivating & Maintaining Client Relationships that Generate IP Work
Webinar
Event
October 27th, 2016 | 8:00 am EDT
AIPLA 2016 Annual Meeting
Speaking Engagement
News
May 18, 2016
SHEEX, Inc. Announces Favorable Settlement of Three Separate Patent Infringement Lawsuits
SHEEX, Inc. Announces Favorable Settlement of Three Separate Patent Infringement Lawsuits
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