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.
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:
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- 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
- Tres Dias of Birmingham
Prior to Becoming a Lawyer:
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 Joining The Gache Law Firm:
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
- 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
Pat. No. 7,760,129
- Method and Apparatus for Automatic High Power Tube Recovery:
Pat. No. 7,750,573
- System and Method for Measuring Phase and Power Variance:
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;
- 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.
- Method and Apparatus for Generating Virtual Views of Sporting
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 Present and Past Clients:
King Kutter, Inc.
Family and Recreation Photos:
Lobstering in the Florida Keys on our small boat.
Teaching our kids to scuba in the Florida Keys.
- Intellectual Property & Technology
- Government Contracts