Gerald Holtzman: Patent World has Lost a Champion


by: Patrick Anderson | January 10, 2018


I was deeply saddened this morning to learn of the passing of Gerald Holtzman. Licensing professionals likely remember Holtzman as the architect of the licensing strategy at Personalized Media Communications, LLC. Gerald and I became acquainted almost ten years ago at a licensing conference. His company’s patents crossed my radar when I conducted research to find patents with the longest remaining life, but the earliest priority date. PMC’s patents consistently topped my list.

When I saw him on the list of attendees, I sought him out. Despite the fact that I was barely 30 at the time, and Gerald was already an experienced, seasoned attorney, he engaged me as an equal. I quickly found out that he was as interested to hear my perspective as I was his.

Our friends over at IPWatchdog have already written an excellent obituary, so we won’t bother repeating it here. However, it’s safe to say that my experience with Gerald was not an anomaly. He truly was good people, and always ready to listen, learn, and engage. The licensing world lost a great champion, and he will be sorely missed.


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