dedicated to
intellectual
property law

We are a full-service
Intellectual Property law firm

We pride ourselves in establishing and maintaining long term client relationships. We do this by consistently providing quality work product and advice, learning each client’s technology and business, and responding to their needs in a timely fashion.

 

The members of Getz Balich have a long history of securing and protecting the intellectual property assets of our clients in the U.S. and abroad. We routinely assist clients in evaluating and managing their current IP portfolios and advise them on forward strategies that provide a competitive advantage. Our attorneys have decades of experience in providing clear analyses of competitor patents, and succinct advice regarding avoidance of competitor patents. In those instances when a client’s IP rights have been violated, we are able to quickly investigate and accurately report the options that are available to the client, and then work with them to seek redress of those violations. We have extensive experience in IP licensing that enables our clients to leverage their own IP portfolios and to support their business needs by licensing third party rights when appropriate. Our unique expertise and dedication to client service are the core of who we are.

services

Patent Preparation and Prosecution

Our attorneys are experts at preparing and prosecuting U.S. and PCT patent applications in a wide variety of technologies. We draft and prosecute patents not only with the goal of securing strong protection for the subject matter at hand, but also with the client’s business goals in mind.  We have extensive experience in the filing and prosecuting of foreign counterpart patent applications throughout the world. We maintain strong, long-term relationships with experienced foreign patent counsel who provide quality service and judgment on a consistent basis. Our management of client patent families in the U.S. and abroad enables us to provide coordinated protection for our clients around the world. 

Patent Validity and Infringement Opinions, Patentability Opinions, State-of-the-Art Analysis, and Reviews and Reexaminations before the USPTO

We are well-versed in performing patent validity and infringement analyses and preparation of patent validity and infringement opinions.  These services often enable clients to significantly mitigate business risks and evaluate enforcement opportunities.  Our experience in preparing and filing reviews and reexaminations with the USPTO commonly enables our clients to avoid or potentially eliminate third party patents. 

Trademark Preparation and Prosecution

Our attorneys are skilled at preparing and prosecuting U.S. trademark applications. We regularly provide due diligence clearance services to determine whether a proposed trademark for particular goods/services is available. We commonly counsel clients regarding proper trademark usage for new and existing trademarks to ensure the client’s usage is acceptable to acquire and maintain rights. We have extensive experience in the filing and prosecuting of foreign trademark applications throughout the world. We regularly consult with key foreign trademark counsel who have proven over many years to provide seasoned expertise. Our management of client trademark portfolios in the U.S. and abroad enables us to provide our clients coordinated protection around the world.

Trademark Infringement Opinions and Oppositions

Our firm has significant experience in performing trademark infringement analyses and opinions.  We regularly prepare and respond to trademark oppositions, including preparation of various types of settlement and coexistence agreements.   

Transactional Matters

Our attorneys regularly counsel our clients regarding transactional matters, including preparation of technology development agreements, patent licenses, trademark licenses, software licenses, contractor agreements, employee agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.

Litigation Counsel

We offer extensive experience in providing pre-litigation analysis and strategy counseling, participating as intellectual property counsel or co-counsel in IP enforcement or defense litigation, and document and witness preparation.

Due Diligence

We regularly support our clients during acquisition and divestiture activities, providing timely IP services that facilitates such activities

Intellectual Property Portfolio Management

Getz Balich provides comprehensive IP portfolio management services to our clients.  The attorneys and paralegals at Getz Balich can provide a variety of reporting functions that enable our clients to internally manage their IP portfolio – U.S. and abroad, support acquisition and divestiture activities, and provide accurate cost forecasting.

Domain Name Disputes

Our attorneys have successfully participated in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution (UDRP) proceedings before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to protect our clients’ rights to domain name registrations.

Technologies

The following list is a sample of the diverse industries in which we have extensive client representation experience.

 

  • Sensing Devices and Systems
  • Medical Devices, Instrumentation, and Analysis Apparatus and Methodologies
  • Laminate Building Materials
  • Gas Turbine Engine Technology
  • Aircraft Nacelle Technology
  • Composite Materials, Manufacturing Technology, and Methodologies
  • Engine Machine Tools
  • Electric and Electro-Mechanical Devices
  • Robotics
  • Hydraulic Components and Systems
  • Electro-Optic Devices and Systems
  • Communication Systems Hardware and Software
  • Ultrasonic Fluid Flow Technology
  • Oil & Gas Well Technology
  • Inspection Systems and Processes
  • Alternative Energy Systems, Energy Storage and Energy Management
  • Computer Software

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RICHARD D. GETZ

RICHARD D. GETZ focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation, intellectual property transactional and licensing matters, and trademark prosecution and litigation. Mr. Getz was previously a name partner at O’Shea Getz P.C. and has taught Intellectual Property courses as an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lally School of Management and Technology, located in Hartford, CT. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Getz was an Intellectual Property attorney with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), including the large military and commercial engine businesses of the Pratt & Whitney division of UTC, and the Otis Elevator Company subsidiary of UTC. Prior to law school, Mr. Getz was a design engineer at the Farrel Corporation in Ansonia, Connecticut.

rgetz@getzbalich.com

EDUCATION:

B.S.M.E. University of Connecticut
J.D. Western New England College School of Law

BAR ADMISSIONS:

Massachusetts
Connecticut
U.S. District Court of Connecticut
U.S. District Court of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

ASSOCIATIONS:

Connecticut Intellectual Property Law
Association (Board of Directors & Officer/Board member, 2003 -2011)
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association International
Trademark Association Judge Janet Bond
Arterton Inn of Court Pi Tau Sigma (National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)

GARRETT W. BALICH

GARRETT W. BALICH focuses his practice on patent preparation, prosecution, portfolio management and litigation, as well as other intellectual property matters including trademark prosecution and transactional and licensing matters. Mr. Balich was previously a principal at O’Shea Getz P.C. Mr. Balich was also previously a legal extern at Bose Corporation, a Chief Patent Intern at Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., and an HVAC engineering intern at Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC.

gbalich@getzbalich.com

EDUCATION:

B.S.M.E. University of Notre Dame
J.D. University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center

BAR ADMISSIONS:

Massachusetts
U.S. District Court of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

ASSOCIATIONS:

Boston Bar Association
Boston Patent Law Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
International Trademark Association

TIMOTHY A. JOHNSON

TIMOTHY A. JOHNSON focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation, intellectual property transactional and licensing matters, freedom to operate opinions, commercial contracts, and trademark prosecution. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Johnson was Senior Patent Counsel for Energizer Personal Care, and Deputy General Counsel for Edgewell Personal Care, where he led the patent and commercial contracts departments. While with Energizer and Edgewell, Mr. Johnson was responsible for all patent matters associated with products sold under well-known consumer products brands, such as Schick-Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Skintimate, Playtex, o.b., Stayfree, Carefree, Diaper Genie, Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic.

tjohnson@getzbalich.com

EDUCATION:

B.S.M.E. Villanova University
J.D. University of Connecticut School of Law

BAR ADMISSIONS:

Connecticut
U.S. District Court of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

ASSOCIATIONS:

Joint Patent Practitioners (Board of Directors, 2013 – Present)
Judge Janet Bond Arterton American Inn of Court (Secretary, 2016-2018, President, 2018-2020)
Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (Board of Directors & Officer/Board member, 2007 -2016)
Pi Tau Sigma (National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)

CHRISTOPHER A. HOLSHOUSER

CHRISTOPHER A. HOLSHOUSER focuses his practice on intellectual property matters including patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution. As a member of the UConn Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic, Mr. Holshouser helped inventors and entrepreneurs to build their patent portfolios. As a result of his Clinic work, he was awarded the Honorable M. Joseph Blumenfeld Award for outstanding service to clients in a clinic program. Additionally, Mr. Holshouser was an Executive Editor of the Connecticut Law Review. Mr. Holshouser previously served in the United States Navy where he supervised the operation of submarine nuclear reactor plants and instructed nuclear operators at the Navy’s Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.

cholshouser@getzbalich.com

EDUCATION:

B.S.A.S.T., Nuclear Engineering Technology, Thomas Edison State University
J.D. University of Connecticut School of Law

BAR ADMISSIONS:

Connecticut
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

ASSOCIATIONS:

Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
Judge Janet Bond Arterton Inn of Court

Contact Us

Getz Balich LLC

10 Waterside Drive, Suite 205

Farmington, CT 06032

Email: info@getzbalich.com

Phone: 860.470.4700