Richard Gearhart, ESQ.


Richard Gearhart, Esq. speaks on a variety of intellectual property and business topics. He has worked with Larry Namer - founder of E! Entertainment TV, former WWE wrestler Brimstone, The Sopranos actor Kevin Interdonato, celebrity dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman, TV shopping network celeb Victoria Wieck, Dave Noll - creator of the TV show Chopped , world renowned relationship strategist Dr. Gilda Carle, Terry Joes - founder of Kayak and Travelocity and more. 

Throughout his career in law, Richard has presented to numerous attorneys, to Fortune 50 companies as well as at top colleges and universities. Richard also spoke alongside New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at the New Jersey State Bar Association Business Law Symposium. 

Richard is the co-host of "Passage to Profit – Road to Entrepreneurship", along with his wife Elizabeth. It is a nationally syndicated iHeart Radio show about entrepreneurism and innovation, broadcasting from the studios of WOR710 in New York City. Passage to Profit also airs weekly on 25 radio stations nationwide on the Radio America Network. Visit www.passagetoprofitshow.com

Richard built Gearhart Law (www.gearhartlaw.com), an international law firm to help entrepreneurs to protect themselves and their intellectual property around the world with their patent, trademark and copyrights.

Richard has been recognized as one of “The Best of the Best”- ROI New Jersey Lawyers. His firm was listed twice in Inc. Magazine's list of fastest growing companies, and routinely works with scientists from elite universities and institutions. In addition, Richard has represented 3 clients who have successfully landed on the hit TV show, Shark Tank

Gearhart Law emerged from Richard’s passion for entrepreneurship and startups and his belief that entrepreneurship grows the economy and creates jobs. Gearhart Law's initial goal was to help and support the new business ventures of 500 entrepreneurs and inventors. After 16 years, the firm has far surpassed this goal to over 4000; today, Richard and his firm look forward to helping even more inventors and entrepreneurs get off to a great start and reach their own goals.

Richard formerly headed the U.S. Patent and Trademark group for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation of over 40 patent and trademark attorneys and managed global litigation and patent prosecution.

Richard previously served as General Patent Counsel at CIBA Vision Corporation, where actively managed U.S. and global patent litigation, as well as patent prosecution and opinions. Richard successfully initiated and managed the case of Wesley Jessen Corp v. Bausch & Lomb, Inc. which led to an injunction against one of CIBA Vision’s major competitors, and the removal of an infringing product from the market.

Before taking the helm at CIBA Vision, Richard worked at Dow Corning Corporation as Senior Managing Counsel, and prior to that worked in private practice at the Geneva, Switzerland office of the international law firm of Jones, Day.

Richard graduated from Knox College with a BA in Chemistry. He received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and subsequently obtained a DES in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied at Oxford University while in law school, and at the Harvard Business School as part of the Novartis – Harvard business collaboration.  He is registered to practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey.