Gerard Messina has represented clients in a large variety of patent matters since he joined Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in 1990. He is the chair of the Associates Committee and co-chair of the Patent Prosecution/Opinion Practice Group.

The primary focus of Mr. Messina’s practice has been prosecuting patents and counseling clients on patent strategy. Mr. Messina has successfully managed the patent portfolios of numerous domestic and foreign companies, providing high-quality drafting and prosecuting of domestic, international and foreign national patent applications. He has tutored clients on setting up and streamlining their internal patent processes. He has also counseled companies of all sizes on the validity and infringement of patents, including performing patent portfolio reviews and providing opinions to protect their products and services. Mr. Messina has received recognition for his prosecution work from The Legal 500 United States in the area of “patent prosecution: utility and design patents.”  He has been “recommended for his expertise within the electrical, mechanical and computer technologies.”

Mr. Messina has extensive experience in a wide range of technologies, including electronic control systems, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, sensors, optics, telecommunications, and financial systems. 

Mr. Messina authors articles and is an editor of the Manual of Industrial Property. He is a regular speaker on patent matters, both in the United States and abroad, most recently on business method and computer software patents as well as on developments in U.S. patent practice.

bar and court admissions
  • New York
  • Registered Patent Attorney: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Wisconsin
professional organizations

American Bar Association
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
New York Intellectual Property Law Association