> Gearhart Law - Protecting Individual Inventors, Entrepreneurs & Startups And More


The principals at Gearhart Law have been protecting clients for almost three decades. In fact, from individual entrepreneurs to global businesses, we’ve helped launch more than eighteen hundred companies all over the world.

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Founded in 2006 by Richard Gearhart, Gearhart Law is literally geared towards protecting individual inventors, entrepreneurs & startups, corporate & international partners. The firm was developed by Gearhart with the specialized needs of entrepreneurs in mind in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia areas. Most attorneys work as generalists, so they don’t have the specialized experience and training to the deliver the quality that’s necessary to handle the intricacies of:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Prosecution
  • Litigation
  • Filings
  • Trademark Watch Service
  • Freedom to Operate

The firm’s vision, expertise and craftsmanship help entrepreneurs in these highly technical and complex areas where it’s always recommended to seek out legal advice from reputable professionals like Gearhart Law. The firm goes the extra mile for its clients, placing an emphasis on creative legal solutions and custom-crafted protection strategies that are tailored to each client’s business and technology.

Richard Gearhart interviewing David VanEgmond of FanDuel at the NJTC Venture Conference at NJIT

Richard Gearhart, Elizabeth Gearhart, Andy Breckman at iHeart radio studio taping Passage to Profit

The firm maximizes IP protection, delivering great value by creating an IP portfolio that is attractive to investors, and a portfolio that is scalable into all markets and geographic areas as a company grows. Gearhart Law can help you leverage your IP budget to their best effect by proving expert advice.

Investors want to ensure that all IP bases are covered. They want their investment to be free from third party Intellectual Property threats. And they want an intellectual property portfolio that will create business leverage for products as sales grow, both domestically and internationally.

They want IP that will stand up to the scrutiny when challenged in the marketplace or reviewed during an exit. The principals at Gearhart Law have extensive experience in all aspects of patent and trademark due diligence, both from the investor side and from the acquired side.

Gearhart Law’s Chief Marketing Officer, Elizabeth Gearhart is creatively and consistently upping the marketing efforts for the firm, but most importantly the success of its clients. The firm is always aware of current events in the IP world, USPTO changes, and trends across social media. Unlike most firms,  Gearhart Law also keeps the IP space educational, innovative and fun with a radio show and podcast on iHeartRadio, ‘Passage to Profit’.

Gearhart Law’s Richard and Elizabeth Gearhart co-host the weekly show, every Sunday night on the iHeart app and WOR 710 at 8:05pm. The show features an interview with an accomplished speaker and a pitch contest. The generous sponsors ensure that entrepreneurs get to pitch for free to thousands of listeners.

Richard and Elizabeth Gearhart with participants in Passage to Profit at iHeart Studios

Richard giving a guest lecture at Rutgers MBS (Masters of Business and Science) program

Whether you need help navigating the details of patent law for your latest invention or you need assistance protecting and safeguarding your intellectual property, you can trust that we’re always here to help. The Gearhart legal team strives to build deep rooted relationships with our clients.

  • We are here when you need us.
  • We provide proactive information about the process and issues that may affect your business
  • When you have a question, you can talk directly with the individual who is working on your matter.

At Gearhart Law your success is our success.

Gearhart Law

41 River Road, Summit
NJ 07901
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