GREGORY (GREG) J. MAIER, the immediate past President of the firm, is also a founder and former managing partner of the firm's Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution groups. After joining the firm in 1970, Mr. Maier developed those practice groups into the nation’s leaders in obtaining electrical and mechanical patents for their clients.
Mr. Maier is widely recognized for his patent law expertise, serving as a past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA/IPL), the world's largest and oldest organization of intellectual property attorneys. Mr. Maier is the only attorney in the history of the firm to achieve this position. In addition, he is consistently named by international publisher Legal Media Group as one of the top 25 patent lawyers in the world.
Mr. Maier takes a forward-thinking approach to patent portfolio development, strategizing with his clients’ leaders, engineers and scientists to develop a proactive patent protection strategy built upon the company’s long-term business goals. By analyzing legal trends and understanding his clients' research and development strategies, he builds patent protection into a larger market strategy, producing a strong and valuable patent portfolio that enables his clients to stay ahead of their competitors.
With an electrical engineering background, Mr. Maier’s expertise is software, software-related inventions and programmable software elements. Representing mid- and large-sized companies, he works with such diverse innovations as streaming electronics, power stations, memories, medical devices, semiconductor products and manufacturing equipment, image processing and office products.
Mr. Maier takes an active interest in IP legislation and regulation and has testified before the U.S. Congress as a patent law expert, acted as a moderator in programs sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and represented the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section at the legislative roundtable sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Mr. Maier has lectured and published both domestically and internationally on a variety of topics ranging from alternatives to litigation to protection of computer-related inventions and licensing. Mr. Maier is also a member of the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association.
Before joining the firm, he was employed as a Patent Examiner by the USPTO and by the Office of Naval Research.