Gary V. Harkcom*

Of Counsel

gharkcom@gbpatent.com

Firm Practice Areas/Practice Groups

Software, Computer, Electrical and Telecom
Reexamination, Post Grant and Inter Partes Review Proceedings
USPTO Petitions, Appeals and Special Procedures

Experience

U.S. Air Force Electrical Engineering Officer – 1971-1980
USPTO Patent Examiner – 1981-1987 (computer technologies)
USPTO Supervisory Patent Examiner – 1987-1994 (computer technologies)
USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences – Electrical Administrative Patent Judge – 1994-1995
USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences – Vice Chief Judge – 1995-2008
USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences – Acting Chief Judge – 2003-2005
Patent Attorney – Greenblum and Bernstein, P.L.C. – 2008-Present

Offices/Professional Activities

Served on numerous USPTO Executive Committees, including the USPTO Quality Council and the USPTO Executive Nationwide Workforce Planning Committee
Intellectual Property Owner’s – Patent Office Practice Committee
Lectured at numerous meetings of professional organizations and bar associations

Notable

Represents Reexamination parties both in filing in filing ex parte and inter partes reexamination requests requesting invalidity of patents and in defending patents in reexamination.
Vice Chief Judge of Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal for sustained outstanding service – 2005.
Norman P. Morgenstern Award for the most outstanding USPTO Supervisory Patent Examiner – 1994.
U.S. Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.
U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Registered Professional Electrical Engineer – Pennsylvania
Intellectual Property Owners Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association

Education

Grove City College, B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering (1971)
Air Force Institute of Technology, M.S. Degree in Management (Distinguished Graduate – 1974)
American University, J.D. (cum laude – 1986)

Courts

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions

1987, Pennsylvania