Posts Tagged: "In Loving Memory"

Rest in Peace Friend: Remembering Gerald Holtzman

Earlier today I received notification from Personalized Media Communications, LLC (PMC) that its long-time president and chief licensing strategist, Gerald Holtzman, passed away on January 8 after a long illness. I knew Gerald and respected him — he was a friend. Over the last few years, as the patent system continually came under fire and innovators became vilified, Gerald was one of the loud voices of reason within the industry. Disgusted by what he saw happening to America’s patent system and innovation culture, Gerald tirelessly championed inventors and the need for a strong patent system for everyone.

In Loving Memory of Eugene R. Quinn, Sr. 1937 – 2017

It is with great sadness that I write to tell everyone that my father – Gene Sr. – passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at approximately 7am. He is now with my mother, who passed away five years ago. My father missed my mother so much. I couldn’t even begin to describe his grief at her passing. I invited him to come live with me in Virginia after my mother passed, and repeatedly in the five years since, but he steadfastly (and politely) declined. He visited the cemetery where my mother is buried every day, typically for several hours, just sitting there talking with her and the friends he made who worked at the cemetery. One of his friends at the cemetery told me after he passed: “He never wanted to leave, and now he doesn’t have to, he can just stay with your mother forever.”

Rest in Peace Friend: Remembering Raymond Niro

Renowned patent litigator and champion of independent inventors, Raymond P. Niro, has passed away while traveling in Italy. Throughout his career he was a champion for the inventor facing long odds due to widespread patent infringement by large multinational corporations. So loathed by some was Niro that he was the one originally referred to as “the patent troll” by the media due to his representation of innovators against giant technology companies.

Rest in Peace Friend: Karl Jorda 1929 – 2016

Earlier this afternoon the Pierce IP Center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law announced via Twitter that Professor Karl Jorda has passed away. Karl Jorda was a giant in the intellectual property world, but more importantly he was a genuinely nice and good person. All the good things that people will say and write about Karl over the next several days, weeks and months will be true. He was just that kind of man. Everyone who knew Karl was better off for having known this true Renaissance man.

In Memory: Remembering Hall of Fame Inventors One Final Time

Mid way through the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony the celebration paused for the sad annual ritual of remembering Hall of Fame inductees who have passed away since last year’s ceremony. We too would like to take a moment to recognize these giants of innovation. With this in mind, and in an attempt to recognize these groundbreaking innovators, below we highlight their inventions that lIed to their Hall of Fame Inductions.

The Passing of a Legend: Remembering Howard W. Bremer

Unfortunately, I’ve known for a couple of weeks what this month’s column was likely to be about. After a brief illness, my friend Howard Bremer died last Friday… Working through WARF, Howard’s efforts were critical in our eventual success enacting Bayh-Dole despite long odds. Over the years, he remained a steadfast defender pushing back against the critics of the patent system… Howard attended the Association of University Technology Managers meeting this year—an organization he helped found in the 1970’s to foster the profession. Howard knew it was his last as he was not physically able to travel any longer. But there was no sadness; he enjoyed seeing many of his friends for what he knew was the final time…

In Loving Memory of Richard Compasso, 1931 – 2013

At precisely 10:00 pm on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Renee’s father and my father-in-law, Richard Compasso passed. I write this article to honor Pop, as I took to calling him in recent years. I would like everyone to know about the good many that I knew and how he will be missed.

I Sat at the Knee of a Master: My Dad, Alvin Guttag*

Dad left this mortal world this past Thursday, December 27, at the age of 94, having experienced a full life and after a final year and a half of fairly steady (and occasionally precipitous) physical and mental decline. For about 11 years, Dad was a patent examiner at the USPTO in one of the chemical art units. Dad then spent another 30 years or so as a patent attorney with the former IP law firm of Cushman, Darby, and Cushman, first as an associate, and later as a partner. In all, Dad prosecuted and obtained several thousand patents for his clients, mostly in the chemical arts. (That’s correct, several thousand patents.) Dad often wrote patent applications the old fashioned way, by hand, usually starting with the abstract, and going forward from there.

Bye for Now: In Loving Memory of Mary C. Quinn 1933 – 2012

It is with an indescribably profound sadness that I write this article. In the early morning hours of May 17, 2012, my mother — Mary Catherine Quinn — passed, succumbing to her fight against cancer. My mother was my closest friend and I will miss her more than any words could possibly describe.

Remembering Norman Latker: The Passing of a Friend

If you’re in the profession of technology transfer, you just lost a close friend. Whether you knew him or not, you are a beneficiary of Norman J. Latker who passed away last weekend. Concerned that new innovations were driving up health care costs (a familiar sounding theme), the Carter Administration terminated the program. Norm, Howard Bremer, and Ralph Davis of Purdue set up a meeting with Senator Birch Bayh’s office asking that the program be made the basis for a uniform government patent policy. This request led to the introduction of the Bayh-Dole Act.

Rest in Peace Friend: Robert H. Rines, 1922 – 2009

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform that Robert H. Rines passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2009.  Bob was a patent lawyer, an inventor and the founder of Franklin Pierce Law Center, where I received both my JD and LL.M. degrees.  He was a fierce advocate for independent inventors, a tremendous patent attorney and world-class…