Gerald T. Bodner received a B.S.E.E. (Electrical Engineering) from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic University) in January, 1973, and has taken graduate courses in radar and switching systems.
He previously worked as an electrical engineer at AIL Systems in Deer Park now part of EDO Corporation where he designed analog and digital circuits and software for various radar and radar-jamming systems, including the countermeasures equipment for the B-1 bomber. Mr. Bodner received a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in 1981. Mr. Bodner worked as a patent attorney since 1981 at two major New York City law firms, and was an equity partner at a Syosset patent firm from 1990 until 2002, when he founded Bodner & O’Rourke, LLP in Melville with his partner, Thomas O’Rourke. Mr. Bodner is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, and he is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the IEEE and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Bodner has conducted numerous lectures before academic and business organizations regarding intellectual property law, software protection, licenses, and related matters. He is also co-author of Patent Arbitration Guide published by the Bureau of National Affairs. His experience includes all phases of electrical and mechanical patent prosecution, computer software, licensing, patent and product liability litigation, and trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation. Mr. Bodner litigated the Festo v. SMC patent dispute, since its inception in 1988 until after the favorable U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2002, and assisted former Solicitor General Robert Bork in his preparation for the Supreme Court oral argument. This is said to be the most important patent case heard by the Supreme Court in the last 150 years. For a copy of the Supreme Court decision, go to http://www.patents.com/apl/festo.pdf
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