Alan J. Gocha

Patent, Trademark, Copyright, & Trade Secret Litigation

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Alan’s practice is primarily focused on complex intellectual property litigation in electrical, mechanical, and software matters, and his experience includes both defending against and asserting copyright, trademark, and patent rights. Alan has served as lead counsel in several trial and appellate court cases, both in state and federal court, as well as commercial arbitrations. His experience touches a broad range of practice areas, including employment, civil rights, corporations, nonprofit, and bankruptcy law. Alan has also represented a wide variety of clients, from small businesses and individuals to Fortune 100 companies. In addition to his work for corporate clients, Alan has provided thousands of hours of pro bono legal services.

Alan has been published in several academic law journals, including most recently: (1) “Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: An Ontological Model for Determining Section 101 Patent-Eligibility under Alice,” The John Marshall Review Intellectual Property Law; and (2) “A Modern System for Resolving Online Copyright Infringement Disputes: Administrative Rulemaking and Adjudication, a one-stop fix to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

In addition to being cited in the American Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission Toolkit, Alan has made several media appearances, including being featured on the Emmy Award-winning talk show The Doctors.

Alan received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016, where he was an editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. While in law school, Alan was named an Exceptional Pro Bono Pledge Honoree and winner of the first annual Justin Hansford Student Essay Contest, hosted by the Georgetown Journal on Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, for his essay titled “The Sanitization of Violence: Exposing the Plea Bargain Regime as a Tool for Mass Injustice.”

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

 

Recognitions

Paul and Sue Nine Award

Justin Hansford Student Essay Contest

Media Coverage

Featured, “Inherently Abstract vs Temporally Abstract,” Patently-O, December 2017

Featured, “Let It Rip: Senate hopeful claims twitter hacked & cancer-survivor wants smoking ban at condo,” Fox 2 News, August 2017

Featured, “Breast cancer survivor sues neighbor for smoking in the building,” Daily Mail, August 2017

Featured, “Metro Detroit condo residents sues over second hand smoke in her building,” WXYZ Detroit, August 2017

Featured, “Breast Cancer Survivor Sues for Secondhand Smoke!,” The Doctors, August 2017

Featured Author, “ABA Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission Toolkit Introduction,” American Bar Association, 2016

Publications

Author, “A Modern System for Resolving Online Copyright Infringement Disputes: Administrative Rulemaking and Adjudication, a one-stop fix to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property Volume 58 of IDEA, forthcoming

Author, “Internet Service Providers Must Register DMCA Agents In Copyright Office’s New Online Registry,” Mondaq, June 2017

Author, “Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: An Ontological Model for Determining Section 101 Patent-Eligibility under Alice,” The John Marshall Review Intellectual Property Law Volume 17, Issue 2, 2017

Presentations

Speaker, “Avoiding the Rabbit Hole,”  CLE in the Garden: Practical Lessons for Intellectual Property Practitioners, April 2018

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

B.A., Philosophy, University of Michigan