Attorneys

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Robert F. Gazdzinski

Managing Attorney, Gazdzinski & Associates

Mr. Gazdzinski is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and has been admitted to the State Bars of California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He has also been admitted to United States District Courts for the Southern District of California, District of New Jersey, and Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Gazdzinski has a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Drexel University. Mr. Gazdzinski has also completed the Naval Nuclear Power Training program (comparable to a Master’s degree in nuclear engineering).

Prior to forming the Firm, Mr. Gazdzinski was associated with the law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson and Bear in San Diego, CA for several years. While at Knobbe Martens, Mr. Gazdzinski was responsible for domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution for a number of clients, as well as directing two patent evaluation and acquisition projects relating to a wide spectrum of technologies including asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 1149 JTAG, virtual private networking (VPN), speech recognition, IS-95, IS-54/136, GSM/PCS-1900, CDPD, IEEE 802.11 WLAN, Bluetooth, FHSS, ITU H.323, MPEG, and digital signal processing (DSP).  Mr. Gazdzinski also negotiated and drafted software licenses for a variety of clients.

Before joining Knobbe Martens, Mr. Gazdzinski was a senior nuclear engineer with Ogden Corporation, and a semiconductor research technician with IBM Corporation at Brookhaven National Laboratory (National Synchrotron Light Source) and East Fishkill, NY.  Mr. Gazdzinski also was an extern with the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, and worked as an operations assistant at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.

Mr. Gazdzinski was also a Naval Officer assigned to nuclear submarines and naval intelligence for several years. He served on three U.S. nuclear submarines (USS La Jolla, USS James K. Polk, and USS Patrick Henry), and qualified as nuclear engineer officer, as well as qualifying in submarines (both gold and silver dolphins). He was also an officer instructor at the S8G (Trident) reactor prototype in New York.

Mr. Gazdzinski is an inventor on sixty-eight (68) issued U.S. Patents, and numerous pending applications. He has also published several works relating to intellectual property and various topics relating to nuclear engineering and electrical/electronics component aging, including SAND-96-0344, which is currently used by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a licensing standard for nuclear plant electrical components (see IEEE-Std. 1205-2000). He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Nuclear Society, and other professional organizations.

Mr. Gazdzinski was also co-founder and President of HoloWave Incorporated, developing next-generation holographic radio frequency communications technologies, and co-founder of Fusioneer Systems, Inc., aimed at developing micro-scale laser-based nuclear fusion technology. He was also the founder and CEO of NeutraScan Corporation, dealing with improved polymer aging evaluation techniques using subatomic particle activation.

Eric R. Carr

Managing Attorney – Litigation

Mr. Carr is an intellectual property attorney with Gazdzinski & Associates, managing the firm's litigation practice. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and Juris Doctor (Intellectual Property) from Southern Methodist University. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has been admitted to the State Bar of Texas, as well as U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas.

Prior to joining Gazdzinski & Associates, he was an IP Litigation Associate with Collins Edmonds & Schlather PLLC in Houston, TX, where he litigated patent cases including before various district courts, the CAFC, the PTAB, and the ITC.

Prior to Collins Edmonds & Schlather PLLC, he was a Patent Litigation Intern at Personal Audio LLC in Plano, TX, and a Patent Agent at Twin Harbor Labs LLC in Windham, NH. He also worked at Acacia Research Corp. in Plano, TX and Ni, Wang & Massand PLLC in Dallas, TX.

He was also the Technology Director & Editor for the SMU Science & Technology Law Review, President of the SMU Intellectual Property Organization, and a member of the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court.

Mr. Carr also authored "Evolving Patent Legislation Growing Pains," Science and Technology Law Review, Volume 17, Number 3 (2014).

Representative matters include:

- Defended two clients in U.S. International Trade Commission matter involving modular LED display panel systems. Secured dismissal for both clients after expert disclosures.

- Part of the trial team that obtained a jury verdict for damages in patent infringement lawsuit against a technology company selling multi-monitor display systems in the District of Oregon.

- Represented the patent owner of wireless technology in multiple district court litigations in the Northern District of California and multiple inter partes reviews.

- Defended manufacturer of degradable composite metals (i.e. frac balls) in the Southern District of Texas against patent infringement suit from a fullstream oil and gas company. Filed inter partes reviews against the patent-in-suit and reached favorable settlement.

- Represented medical device company in a patent infringement suit against competitor that manufactured and sold ablation devices in the Central District of California.

- Defended supplier of corrugated pallets in trade secret action in Florida.

- Represented patent owner in an infringement matter covering computer networking technology, including 802.11, in the Eastern District of Texas.

- Represented patent owner in an infringement matter concerning wireless location-based services in the Eastern District of Texas.

- Defended manufacturer of audio soundbars in design patent case in the Central District of California.

- Represented inventor of technology related to interactive images in digital advertisements in patent infringement matter the Eastern District of Texas.

- Represented company in patent suit that developed tetrahedral amorphous carbon layers for glass substrates in the Eastern District of Texas.

- Represented patent technology and licensing company in a patent infringement suit against ingestible pill camera devices in the Eastern District of Texas.

- Represented surface mount electronics manufaturer in patent infringement suit in the Southern District of California.

Brian Hahn

Brian Hahn is an associate with the firm of Gazdzinski & Associates. He has been admitted to the State Bar of California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Mr. Hahn received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and his Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from UCLA. In law school, he served on the board of the Hastings Intellectual Property Association and the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal.

Throughout his academic career, Mr. Hahn has published several scientific and legal journal articles, including The Antitrust Implications of Filing "Sham" Citizen Petitions with the FDA, 65 HASTINGS L.J. 113 (2013), Toward an Implantable Functional Electrical Stimulation Device to Correct Strabismus, J AAPOS. 2009 Jun;13(3): 229-35.e1, and Genetic Susceptibility to Therapy-Related Leukemia After Hodgkin Lymphoma or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Role of Drug Metabolism, Apoptosis and DNA Repair, Blood Cancer J. 2012 Mar;2(3): e58.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hahn was a research associate at City of Hope National Medical Center. Prior to joining Gazdzinski & Associates, he worked with Intellectual Property Law Group, LLP, Solazyme, Inc., and Banpil Photonics, Inc., as well as his own patent matters as a solo patent agent. On the side, Mr. Hahn has helped hundreds of students prepare for the bar exam with his blog articles and emails.

Derek Midkiff

Mr. Midkiff is an associate with Gazdzinski & Associates. He is admitted to the State Bar of California, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Mr. Midkiff received his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, as well as his Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana.

While attending law school, Mr. Midkiff was a fellow with the Thomas Jefferson Intellectual Property Fellowship and the President of the Intellectual Property Law Association.

Prior to joining Gazdzinski & Associates, Mr. Midkiff worked as a patent agent at Eastman & McCartney LLP, and as a patent attorney at MU Patents, both located in San Diego, California.

Mr. Midkiff was published in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. Randy Berholtz et al., WHERE TO FILE: A Framework for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies to Develop an International Patent Filing Strategy, 37 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 221 (2015)