Our conversation with attorney Richard Gearhart continues and moves from trademarks to an introduction to the software patent process. I find this is often an intimidating concept for us as developers. We know the value of a patent, yet we feel the process is too complicated or difficult.

An Overview Of The Patent Process

The whole process of deciding to apply for a patent and what is even possible is often a mystery. Richard helps us get a better idea of what it will look like should we take this path. He also gives us good reason for doing so in some cases. His story-telling approach keeps this educational episode entertaining as well as highly informative.

About Richard

Richard Gearhart, Esq. is a radio show host, TV network expert guest, nationally syndicated radio show host, and an attorney (founder of Gearhart Law). Richard speaks on a variety of intellectual property and business topics.

He has worked with Larry Namer – founder of E! Entertainment TV; former WWE wrestler Brimstone; the Sopranos actor Kevin Interdonato; and celebrity dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman. That’s not all. He has also worked with TV shopping network celeb Victoria Wieck; Dave Noll – creator of the TV show Chopped; world-renowned relationship strategist Dr. Gilda Carle, Terry Joes – founder of Kayak and Travelocity and more.

Career Highlights

Throughout his career in law, Richard has presented to numerous attorneys. He has presented to Fortune 50 companies and at top colleges and universities. Richard also spoke alongside New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at the New Jersey State Bar Association Business Law Symposium. Richard is the co-host of “Passage to Profit – Road to Entrepreneurship”, along with his wife Elizabeth. It is a nationally syndicated iHeart Radio show. He covers entrepreneurism and innovation, broadcasting from the studios of WOR710 in New York City. Richard and Elizabeth interview various entrepreneurs, company founders, inventors, startups, experts, and celebrities from various industries. They do this to gain insight from multiple perspectives. Thus, each show presents listeners with real-life experiences from diverse guests. It provides valuable advice and unique perspectives on the Road to Entrepreneurship. Passage to Profit (www.passagetoprofitshow.com) also airs weekly on 25 radio stations nationwide on the Radio America Network.

Richard is an award-winning attorney and built Gearhart Law (www.gearhartlaw.com), an international law firm, to help entrepreneurs protect themselves and their intellectual property around the world with their patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Richard has been recognized as one of “The Best of the Best”- ROI New Jersey Lawyers. Likewise, the firm was listed twice in Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies and routinely works with scientists from elite universities and institutions. In addition, Richard has represented three clients who have successfully landed on the hit TV show Shark Tank.

He is registered to practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey.

Check out his practice at https://www.richardgearhartesq.com/


Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a lifetime learner as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is the founder of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences and a few about becoming a better developer. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although they have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax or working on his ballroom dance skills.

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