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Russell C. Gache

Mr. Gache´ is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He counsels clients in all areas of intellectual property law, with a nonexclusive focus on protecting intellectual property ("IP") for computer hardware and software manufacturers, computer electronics manufacturers, and internet business model companies. Russ is also an electrical engineer and enjoys combining his technical engineering skills with the complicated nature of IP law, such as patent drafting. He understands how to capture the value of IP for companies and individuals, and excels at focusing precious financial resources on IP that will bring the largest return to his clients. Mr. Gache´ has represented clients ranging in size from one person start-ups to fortune 1000 companies, such as Colonial Bank and AmSouth Bank.

 

Credentials

Education and Honors:

  • Cumberland School of Law (J.D., 1995); Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

  • Duke University School of Engineering (B.S.E.E., 1983)

Admitted to Practice:

  • Alabama

  • District of Columbia

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations:

  • Alabama State Bar Association, International Law (Manager of section web site, 1996-1997), and Intellectual Property Law (Secretary)

  • Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law (Vice Chair, 2008-2010)

  • Birmingham Bar Association, Computer Technology Committee

  • Alabama Information Technology Association ("AITA"), Board of Directors

  • Formerly served on the Legislation Review Committee for the Electronic Signatures Act (UETA) for the Alabama Law Institute

  • Selected by the Mayor of Birmingham in June 2002 to serve on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Technology Leadership Alliance (BATLA, also known as Tech Birmingham)

  • The Gas Turbine Builders Association

Civic Activities:

  • Tres Dias of Birmingham

 

Prior to Being a Laywer

Prior to law school, Mr. Gache´ graduated from the Duke University School of Engineering and was employed at Texas Instruments in their semiconductor division from 1983-1987. From 1987-1992 he was employed at LSI Logic Corporation as sales engineer where his responsibilities included negotiating and directing LSI's subcontracts pertaining to the design and manufacture of customized computer chips and design software, primarily for LSI's military customers in Florida. In this position he worked with companies such as Harris, Martin Marietta (now Martin Lockheed), Honeywell, E-Systems, and Hughes Aerospace. Russ entered law school in 1992 and graduated in 1995. After taking his bar exams, he was licensed by the State of Alabama and the United States Patent and Trademark Office in September of 1995. Russ is also licensed in the District of Columbia.

Prior to Gache Law

After graduating from law school in 1995, Russ worked for Veal & Associates, a small IP boutique focusing mainly on patents and trademarks, and related litigation. He then joined Sirote & Permutt in 1998 where he helped them establish a robust IP department in a general practice firm. In 2008, he joined the law firm of Maynard Cooper & Gale, where he represented a broad range of IP clients. He joined his wife Dana Gache´, an accomplished corporate and health care attorney, in the Gache´ Law Firm in July of 2011.

 

Representative Legal Actions

  • Successfully defended a gourmet dog product manufacturer client against a claim of trademark infringement from a domain name owner having a similar domain name. A federal district court in Birmingham, AL entered a final judgment in favor of the client dismissing all claims and awarding the client its attorney's fees of $200k to defend the action.
     

  • Filed a patent infringement action against a friction stir welding machine manufacturer in federal district court in Huntsville, AL. The parties settled their disputed claims by entering into a licensing arrangement under the patents in suit.
     

  • Successfully defended a New Jersey lamp fixture manufacturer in a copyright infringement action filed in Mobile, AL by obtaining a favorable settlement at a fraction of the original demand.
     

  • Successfully defended a patent infringement action filed in Birmingham, AL against a client selling digital sports game cameras by having the case transferred to a less favorable Texas jurisdiction.
     

  • Successfully defended a residential home designer against a claim of copyright infringement for the sale of a home design in Birmingham, AL.
     

  • Successfully obtained a federal trademark registration for the Vulcan statue overlooking Birmingham, AL for the Vulcan Park Foundation by appealing to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board a final refusal to register the statue by the U.S. Trademark Office. U.S. Ser. No. 76-579511.
     

  • Successfully obtained a federal trademark registration for the mark "Colonial Bank" by canceling another bank's pre-existing and conflicting federal registration for the mark "Colonial Bank USA." U.S. Reg. Nos. 2,545,610; 2,545,613.

 

Representative Patents Obtained for Clients

  • Simultaneous Dual Polarization Radar System with Optical Communications Link: U.S. Pat. No. 7,760,129
     

  • Method and Apparatus for Automatic High Power Tube Recovery: U.S. Pat. No. 7,750,573
     

  • System and Method for Measuring Phase and Power Variance: U.S. Pat. No. 7,683,828
     

  • Phase Shifted Transmitted Signals in a Simultaneous Dual Polarization Weather System: U.S. Pat. No. 7,551,123
     

  • Eyewear Retention Device: U.S. Pat. No. 7,467,867
     

  • Mechanized Planter: U.S. Pat. No. 7,444,948
     

  • Doppler Radar System: U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,803,875; 6,859,163; 7,049,997
     

  • Steel Jail Cell: U.S. Pat. No. 7,318,300
     

  • Integrated Power Supply and Platform for Military Radio: U.S. Pat. No. 7,227,755
     

  • Pulse Forming Converter Network: U.S. Pat. No. 7,009,370
     

  • Measurement Module and System for Monitoring the Status of Armored Vehicle Electronic Components: U.S. Pat. No. 6,697,763
     

  • Compact Integrated Infrared Scene Projector: U.S. Pat. No. 6,635,892
     

  • Belt Hanger: U.S. Pat. No. 6,478,168
     

  • Method and Apparatus for Generating Virtual Views of Sporting Events: U.S. Pat. No. 6,124,862
     

  • Inflatable Bicycle Seat Cover: U.S. Pat. No. 6,012,772
     

  • Electronic Numerical Sports Player Identifier: U.S. Pat. No. 5,653,634

 

Representative Past and Present Clients

  • Alabama Dept. of Transportation

  • Alacare Home Health Care

  • AmSouth Bank

  • Anivision, Inc.

  • Applied Data Trends

  • ARMA

  • Astan, Inc.

  • Buds Best Cookies

  • Colonial Bank

  • Colonial Properties

  • Compass Marketing

  • Compression Works, LLC

  • Consolidated Pipe & Supply

  • CPSI

  • Deposits Online

  • DTI Partners, Inc.

  • Enterprise Electronics Corporation

  • Evan Terry Associates

  • Fast Health Corporation

  • Future Research Corporation

  • Global Eye Monitor

  • Grits, Inc.

  • Help Lightning

  • Higher Ground Roasters

  • Howell Hardwood Flooring

  • Infection Sciences Inc.

  • Jeff Roberts & Associates

  • King Kutter, Inc.

  • LSINC Corporation

  • Matrix Solution Systems, Inc.

  • MCM Custom Vehicles

  • Meal Kart, LLC

  • Mission Solutions Engineering

  • Mobular Technologies

  • Nidek Medical Supplies

  • Southern Organics, LLC

  • Space Camp

  • Supreme Court of Alabama

  • Symmetry Prosthetics

  • Teksouth Corporation

  • Tensor Corporation

  • Up and Running, Inc.

  • VeriPhase, Inc.

  • Vulcan Park Foundation

  • Vulcan Threaded Products

  • Wave Resource Strategies

  • WolfGIS

  • Wynne Enterprises

  • Xante Corporation