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Frank L. Gerratana

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Frank partners with innovators to develop and execute smart patent strategies that help them compete in global markets. His clients include growing, dynamic companies pioneering next-generation electrical and computer technologies including cryptocurrency and blockchain systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, and autonomous vehicles.

Recognized as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Management magazine, Frank often works hand in hand with clients to build their companies’ portfolios from the ground up. Although his clients include companies of all sizes, his practice focuses in particular on start-ups and mid-market companies whose patent portfolio is core to the value of their business. Frank’s keen technical skills allow him to collaborate closely with clients to identify the best opportunities for protecting their technology using a patent strategy carefully tailored to their goals. He has handled portfolios ranging from several to hundreds of patents and brings an exceptional understanding of the complexities of global patentability — including jurisdictional differences in patent law — to his work managing international filings and coordinating claim development to ensure global enforceability.

Prior to joining Mintz, Frank was a partner with a global intellectual property firm in Boston. Earlier he started his own web hosting company, DGN Enterprises, and worked in software engineering at a Boston-area start-up.

In addition, Frank has an active pro bono practice, and has worked extensively with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and many other nonprofit organizations.

Education

  • American University (JD)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MS, Computer Science)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (BS, with high distinction)

Recognition & Awards

  • Selected for the 2021 edition of IAM Strategy 300 – The World's Leading IP Strategists, and included in the 2022 edition of Strategy 300 Global Leaders.
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer” (2016)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers  Rising Stars list (2015)

Involvement

  • Chair, AIPLA Law Practice Management Committee (2018 – 2019)
  • Vice Chair, AIPLA Law Practice Management Committee (2016 – 2018)
  • Chair, AIPLA New Lawyers Committee (2014 – 2016)
  • Vice Chair, AIPLA New Lawyers Committee (2013 – 2014)

Recent Insights

News & Press

Viewpoints

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Could A Bored Ape + CryptoPunk + ApeCoin = A Security?

March 18, 2022 | Article | By Edmund P. Daley, Cory S. Flashner, Frank Gerratana

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Quentin Tarantino’s Secret NFTs

December 8, 2021 | Blog | By Michael Graif, Frank Gerratana, Allen Loayza

Quentin Tarantino recently announced plans to auction off seven scenes from the 1994 motion picture Pulp Fiction as non-fungible tokens or NFTs. These “Tarantino NFTs” will include a collection of high-resolution digital scans of the original handwritten Pulp Fiction screenplay. The NFTs each contain scans of the uncut screenplay pages themselves that form a single scene from the movie. They will be auctioned on the NFT marketplace OpenSea and are built on the blockchain platform Secret Network, which launched in February 2020.
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The Patentability of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

November 5, 2021 | Video | By Frank Gerratana

Frank Gerratana discusses the relationship between blockchain and cryptocurrency and the underlying intellectual property issues and opportunities for patent holders.
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In this episode of the EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Intellectual Property podcast, Mintz Intellectual Property attorneys Frank Gerratana and Daniel Weinger explore cryptocurrency, blockchain, and how IP factors into the future of these emerging technologies.
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Mintz is pleased to announce that Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) named Michael Renaud, James Wodarski and Frank Gerratana to its 2022 edition of the IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders Guide, a supplement to the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists. According to IAM, the guide “draws from the worlds of private practice, consulting, and other service providers, with specialists from the major IP markets in North America, Europe and Asia. Together they possess a wealth of expertise across disciplines and sectors.”
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Mintz Member Frank Gerratana was quoted in The New York Times DealBook newsletter regarding a lawsuit filed by studio Miramax against Quentin Tarantino claiming breach of contract and various intellectual property violations in Tarantino’s auctions of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, associated with his original handwritten screenplay for “Pulp Fiction”.
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Mintz Member Frank Gerratana was quoted in a special edition of The New York Times DealBook newsletter explaining "Web3," which crypto enthusiasts see as the future of an internet run on blockchain-based tokens. In the article, Mr. Gerratana addressed intellectual property considerations associated with non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, and shared how some of his clients are preparing to adopt this technology.

Events

Feb
3
2022

Tokenizing Creativity: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Intellectual Property

AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute

Rancho Mirage, California

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