Gerard Messina focuses his practice on 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” (2014).  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. He is the chair of the Associates Committee and co-chair of the Patent Prosecution/Opinion Practice Group.

Select Publications

  • “The America Invents Act and its Foreign Counterparts: Comparing the Meaning and Implications of Prior Art Across the United States, European and Japanese Patent Law Systems,” Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, February 21, 2014.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • New York
  • Wisconsin
  • Registered Patent Attorney: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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