Mr. Berard has practiced intellectual property law for over thirty-five years involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks in a corporate practice. He has particular experience in patents, patent prosecution, commercial and licensing transactions, and in counseling clients regarding intellectual property matters. He has handled patent matters involving electrical, mechanical, medical and computer-related subject matter, as well as the copyright of computer software and inter parties patent matters in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has counseled regarding domestic and international commercial and licensing transactions, including U.S. Government contracts, and has drafted and negotiated the necessary agreements. Prior to his retirement from Lockheed Martin Corporation, he was Associate General Counsel-Intellectual Property, Group Patent Counsel and Division Patent Counsel for Lockheed Martin Corporation and its predecessors, Martin Marietta Corporation, General Electric Company, and RCA Corporation.
Mr. Berard received his Bachelor of Science degree from Polytechnic University (New York) and his Master of Science degree from Drexel University, both in electrical engineering. While at Polytechnic University, Mr. Berard was inducted into Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society. He was awarded the Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the New York Law School, where he also was awarded the Trustees Prize (Highest Average), the Tormey Award and several American Jurisprudence awards.
Mr. Berard is admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the US Patent and Trademark Office, and and is active in professional organizations. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is an inventor in six US Patents. In addition, Mr. Berard authored an article on Patent Laws: Suppression and Concealment Through Inaction…, published in the New York Law School Law Review and has been a speaker on intellectual property topics before various intellectual property organizations.