12.11.14 | Shawn P. Gorman

Shawn P. Gorman


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Shawn Gorman has experience in a range of intellectual property issues, primarily in complex patent matters.

Mr. Gorman prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a wide variety of technology areas, including the electronic arts, business methods, mechanics and biotechnology. Specifically, he has prepared and prosecuted applications relating to graphical user interfaces, cellular technologies, integrated business systems and models, video gaming systems, online gaming systems, as well as interleukins, medical diagnostics and laboratory devices.

Mr. Gorman often works directly with the firm’s clients to combine multiple forms of intellectual property protection. In this regard, he obtains domestic and international patent rights to protect the client’s core technology and business methods, trademark protection, and enforcement of those rights through licensing and purchasing agreements. Shawn works closely with foreign attorneys throughout the world to determine the best strategies for multiple jurisdictions. He has assisted in the training of foreign attorneys in U.S. patent laws and continually uses this experience to further his knowledge of international laws and best practices.

When litigation has become necessary, Shawn has handled the various aspects of patent litigation. He is presently a member of a trial team for a Fortune 500 medical device company as well as member of a trial team defending a leading manufacturer of VoIP telephony devices.

Before joining Banner & Witcoff, Mr. Gorman was with the patent division of CIBA Vision. He also served as an extern for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Gorman earned his graduate degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was awarded the Phi Zeta Excellence in Master’s Studies Scholarship for his work investigating an experimental patent-pending product. The results of his graduate worked were utilized to satisfy the best mode requirement of U.S. patent laws.

Mr. Gorman is a contributing author for The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Video Game Production, published by the ABA in 2011. Mr. Gorman has also written articles in such publications as the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Theriogenology, and the Pierce Law Review.

Mr. Gorman earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, where he was Senior Staff Editor of the Pierce Law Review, successfully contended in the Jessup International Law Moot Court and was honored to receive the Rapee Intellectual Property Scholarship. An August 2017 report to the American Bar Association House of Delegates that led to the adoption of Resolution 102B, which supports trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programs for free-roaming cats, cited his law review paper as well as other peer-review studies he worked on in graduate school.

Mr. Gorman is admitted before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


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B.S. 1998, University of Florida

M.S. 2001, University of Florida

J.D. 2004, Franklin Pierce Law Center

Bar Admissions

2005, Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois