Michael Shanahan Joins General Patent Corporation as Vice President & General Counsel

Shanahan Brings Wealth of Corporate and Law Firm IP Licensing
and Litigation Experience to General Patent

Suffern, N.Y. – February 10, 2015 − Michael E. Shanahan has joined General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent monetization firm, as Vice President & General Counsel. In that position, he will manage the corporate legal department, responsible for all litigation activities at GPC. 

Mr. Shanahan brings considerable experience in all areas of IP licensing and litigation to GPC. His career includes first-chair trial experience in federal courts, appeals and interference proceedings as well as patent prosecution before the USPTO.

Before joining GPC, Mr. Shanahan served as General Counsel at Signature Systems LLC. Prior to that he was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery and at Brown Rudnick Berlack & Israels. His legal career further includes positions at the New York offices of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner and Fish & Neave. He began his career at the Bendix unit of Allied Signal Aerospace as an electrical engineer designing aerospace guidance systems. 

“We are delighted to have Michael join our team,” said Alexander Poltorak, Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation. “Michael has a wealth of experience that he will put to good use at GPC on behalf of our clients. We welcome him aboard.”

“General Patent is a premier full-service intellectual property organization,” observed Mr. Shanahan. “I am pleased to join the GPC team to help innovators use their IP to level the playing field and succeed in the marketplace.”

Mr. Shanahan received his law degree from New York Law School, and he holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and an MS in Computer Engineering, from Manhattan College. 

He is admitted to the bar associations of New York State, District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Texas, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.