Blackbird Technologies Hires Two Seasoned Litigators

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Blackbird Technologies, a company dedicated to helping independent inventors and small companies realize value from their patents, welcomes David Gerasimow and Deborah Yates, lawyers with extensive experience in patent litigation.

David Gerasimow and Deborah Yates join Blackbird Technologies as Senior Litigation Counsel.

Blackbird Technologies ( is pleased to announce that David Gerasimow and Deborah Yates have joined the company as Senior Litigation Counsel.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dave and Deborah to Blackbird Technologies. In both outlook and experience, they are a perfect fit for this company. Their deep knowledge of patent litigation and years of experience working in complex technical areas will greatly enhance our ability to achieve our main goal, helping independent inventors and small companies realize the value of their inventions,” said Wendy Verlander, President and CEO of Blackbird Technologies.

Chris Freeman, VP and Head of Litigation at Blackbird Technologies, added: “Consistent with our model, both Dave and Deborah bring top-shelf patent litigation experience to Blackbird Technologies. There really is no other way for the smaller players in the patent space to access this level of talent. Bringing Dave and Deborah onto our team is a big win for Blackbird, and will allow us to greatly expand our efforts.”

Mr. Gerasimow recently left Fish & Richardson, one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms, after seven years of litigating patent and trade secret cases. He has worked across a broad range of technologies, including wireless communications, semiconductor fabrication and testing, and natural language processing. Mr. Gerasimow received his law degree from the University of Iowa, where he graduated with High Distinction and was inducted into the Order of the Coif honor society. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, majoring in computer science, mathematics and history. He has also been registered to practice before the US Patent Office for more than a decade.

“I’m very excited about joining Blackbird Technologies, and I look forward to helping individual inventors and smaller businesses realize the full potential of the innovative contributions they’ve made to so many different fields,” said Mr. Gerasimow.

Ms. Yates was recently Counsel at WilmerHale, a general practice firm with a leading intellectual property litigation practice. She has more than eight years of experience managing high stakes litigation in fields such as semiconductors, internet-based applications, and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Yates received her law degree from George Mason University, where she graduated first in her class. Ms. Yates holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with the highest distinction and Palmer Scholar designation. Ms. Yates graduated as valedictorian at the University of Maryland, where she received her undergraduate degree.

“Blackbird provides top-notch legal talent that otherwise would not be available to individual inventors and small companies. I am enthusiastic about joining the team,” said Ms. Yates.

About Blackbird Technologies

Blackbird Technologies provides a unique opportunity for individual inventors and small companies to realize the value of their patents. By using in-house expertise, rather than expensive law firms, Blackbird Technologies is able to litigate at reduced costs and achieve results that equal or exceed what a law firm would recover. This company creates efficiencies that make it possible for individual inventors and small companies to see the end game – realizing the true value of their patents.

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Blackbird Technologies

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