Gero G. McClellan, Partner

Technical Background, Thorough Approach

Since joining the firm nearly two decades ago, Gero McClellan has specialized in patent preparation, prosecution and strategic counseling for some of the world’s largest tech companies. Clients rely on his responsiveness and attention to detail when providing counsel for technologies and innovations ranging from business analytics and cloud computing software to semiconductor-based optics and wind energy.

With a background in physics, Gero easily gets to the core of his clients’ inventions, then carefully balances client objectives and budget with a thorough, yet expedient approach to evaluating IP assets.

Extensive Experience in Complex Software

Due to his substantial expertise in the complex software space, Gero spearheaded our expansion into Greensboro, where the office is strategically located only miles from one of the nation’s largest software hubs, The Research Triangle Park. The office now boasts nearly a dozen seasoned IP attorneys serving some of the world’s largest software companies.

Leveraging his career-long focus in complex software, he frequently provides IP counsel for clients including a leading global technology company with a record number of patents, a Fortune 500 networking equipment provider and a world-renowned innovator in film animation and rendering software.

Intersecting Patent Preparation and Prosecution with Litigation

As a member of the firm’s leadership committee, Gero focuses on integrating the patent litigation and prosecution groups. By emphasizing the direct relationship between the two disciplines, he empowers the attorneys in both practice areas to better serve their clients.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1997
  • M.B.A., University of Dallas, 1995
  • B.A., Physics, University of Dallas, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of North Carolina
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Organization
  • North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology