Gerald B. Halt Jr.
Professional Experience

Jay focuses his practice on securing, licensing and enforcing the value of intellectual property rights. His practice includes litigation, inter partes matters, administrative proceedings, licensing of trademarks and technology, validity opinions and due diligence reviews. Jay also serves as president of the firm.

Client Work

Jay works closely with clients to secure, manage and protect their intellectual property portfolios, optimize the value of those portfolios and develop/implement results-oriented strategies.

While his experience with technology is varied, Jay’s particular area of focus is on electrical, electronic and computer software technologies, including optical and wireless communication systems, computers, communication system protocols, microwave systems and components, optical barcode scanners, fiber optic systems, semiconductor devices and semiconductor fabrication equipment.

Previous Work

Jay worked for six years as an electrical engineer for the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) while simultaneously earning his J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Jay has written and co-written several pieces on the patent practice among other IP topics, including:

Charging by the Item- The Perils of False Patent Marketing
A Strategy for Monetizing Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property in Consumer Electronics, Software and Technology Startups

Jay was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, published by Thomson Reuters, from 2010-2019. He was also selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®, published by Best Lawyers LLC, from 2013-2019. He has presented at Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) seminars and served as moderator for international symposiums for legal professionals, intellectual property owners and portfolio managers.

Professional Activities

Jay is an officer of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, serving as secretary from 2011-2012, vice president from 2012-2013 and president 2014.

In 2017, he was elected to serve on Villanova University’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for a three-year term. The Board provides guidance to the College of Engineering’s dean and administration, assisting with the development and execution of strategies that sustain the Engineering Entrepreneurship program and promoting corporate connections for the student and faculty population. Jay has been a guest lecturer in the program since 2012.

Bar and Court Admissions

Pennsylvania Bar
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit