Law Offices of Gerard F. Dunne, PC

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About Us

The Law Offices of Gerard F. Dunne, PC is a small intellectual property law firm located in Union Square in New York City. We are an environmentally conscious firm, and we strive to keep our overhead low and our fees competitive. Contact us to learn more about the Law Offices of Gerard F. Dunne, PC.

Penny Zahler and Jerry Dunne have been working together for more than 20 years, handling litigation matters involving patent, trademark and copyright issues from New York to Los Angeles. They have worked for clients in the Texas Panhandle, Boston, Chicago, and Miami, and they have resolved intellectual property matters in the European Union and China. They have even resolved exportation problems caused by patent and trademark issues with Chinese customs. Jerry and Penny bring the benefit of this wealth of experience to every client.

Gerard F. Dunne

Jerry Dunne is an AV Preeminent Lawyer as rated by his peers through Martindale Hubbell. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1969 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and from the University of Baltimore Law School with a JD degree in 1974. Jerry served as a patent examiner in the bio-mechanical arts at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from June of 1969 until October of 1974, and he has been registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office since 1974. He has authored and obtained hundreds of patents in the mechanical and electronic arts and has also obtained, with the assistance of Penny Zahler, hundreds of federal trademark registrations. Jerry

Court Admissions

Jerry is admitted to the state and federal courts of New York, as well as the federal appellate courts of the Federal, Second, Third, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits. He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court. Jerry has appeared in all of these federal appellate courts to advocate for his clients.

Legal Accomplishments

The law of intellectual property has been advanced in several areas due to Jerry's appellate work. Jerry represented the originators of The Cabbage Patch Kids dolls in trademark and copyright matters around the country, and in Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. v. Granada Elecs., Inc., 816 F.2d 68, 73 (2d Cir. 1987) he sustained a holding he obtained in the trial court through the Supreme Court that gray market items which differed materially from the products sold in the United States violate the US trademark laws. This decision has formed the basis for much of the subsequent gray market litigation in the United States.

In Knitwaves, Inc. v. Lollytogs, Ltd., 71 F.3d 996 (2nd Cir. 1995), Jerry established limits of the trade dress laws as relating to product copying. After a trial in Imig, Inc. v. Electrolux Home Care Products, Ltd., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25478, 2008 WL 905898, (E.D.N.Y. 2008), Jerry won the right for his client to continue marketing unpatented vacuum cleaners clearly copied from an industry leader. His appeal to the Third Circuit overturned a copyright decision denying copyright protection to masks in Masquerade Novelty, Inc. v. Unique Industries, Inc., 912 F.2d 663, 670-71 (3d Cir. 1990) and enabled his client's copyrights to be enforced.


Beginning in the early 1980s, Jerry has been "first chair," primarily responsible for litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, and related matters in federal courts across the country. He has obtained multiple orders to show cause and temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in counterfeiting cases. He has substantial experience as plaintiff as well as defense counsel in litigation involving not only patents, trademarks, copyrights, and unfair competition, but gray market and trade dress cases as well as related antitrust matters. Whether he is obtaining and protecting patents in the electronic and mechanical arts or handling evidentiary hearings and trials in federal court, Jerry brings passion and experience to advance his client's best interests.

Volunteer Activities

Jerry volunteers on several boards for nonprofits, including the National Board for the American Canoe Association and several local nonprofits. He volunteers as the pole vault coach at Archbishop Molloy High School and still competes at the national level in masters sports.

F. J. Penny Zahler

Penny is an experienced paralegal and valuable litigation "second chair." She has a Bachelor of Science degree in art from SUNY New Paltz and a Master's in Reading Education from Southampton College. Penny has worked with Jerry for over 20 years. Prior to life as a paralegal and office manager, Penny taught reading and ESL and tutored dyslexic students.

In the past, Penny was the founder and proprietor of Penny T-Shirt, where she developed the inks and techniques to silk-screen T-shirts in the early '70s, before silk-screened shirts were a common item. She also created business signs and logos.

Her art skills, branding experience, and knowledge, combined with her word skills, enable Penny to provide clients with branding, packaging, and trademark assistance not typically offered by a law firm. If you hate lawyers, talk to Penny.

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