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Gerald DePardo is a partner at McCormick, Paulding & Huber (MP&H) in Hartford, Connecticut, specializing in intellectual property (IP) law. His practice focuses on representing companies, entrepreneurs and investors across a wide range of technologies and industries on domestic and international IP matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and related IP strategy, diligence, clearance, licensing and transactional/contract matters. He also works with startup companies to help foster relationships with investors and major corporations.
DePardo is an active member of several professional IP/legal organizations, including the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, Intellectual Property Owners Association (former board member), American Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association and Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association. He is also a founding advisory board member of the Judge Janet Bond Arterton American Inn of Court, specializing in intellectual property. He is also a board member of the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair, where he also sponsors a patent-related special award and works with student inventors (grades 7–12) on protecting their inventions. He is also a judge at the Connecticut Invention Convention, where MP&H sponsors a patent award for student inventors, and he is an active supporter of and nominator for the CTC Women of Innovation Awards.
Prior to joining MP&H, DePardo was vice president, chief intellectual property counsel, for The Travelers Companies Inc., and vice president, general counsel/chief IP counsel, for several emerging-growth technology companies, including Illumina Inc., CyVera Corporation and CiDRA Corporation, in the biotech tools, telecommunications, and oil & gas industries. He was also an intellectual property attorney with several divisions of United Technologies Corporation.
DePardo holds a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Connecticut Law School and engineering degrees from Northeastern University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.