A.S. Florida Institute of Technology 1975
B.S. Florida Atlantic University 1978
J.D. Louisiana State University 1985
Graduate studies in Intellectual Property Law, John Marshall Law School 1990
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Gerald Tschura has expertise in patent, trademark and copyright law.
Before he had joined the faculty of Cooley Law School, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Tschura enjoyed a long and varied career. In 1978, after graduating with a degree in chemistry, he worked in the oil and gas industry as a research engineer for the Exxon Production Research Company in Houston, Texas.
In 1980, he founded and served as president of Worth Hydrochem of Florida, Inc., in Lake Worth, Florida. The company specialized in commercial and industrial water treatment process design, consulting and training.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Tschura also worked with the firm of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. and Haskell & Perrin in Chicago. The practice concentrated on general commercial litigation including complex multi-party insurance coverage litigation, occupational and toxic exposure claims, products liability and patent infringement.
In 1992, he worked with the intellectual property firm of Krass & Young, P.C., located in Troy, Michigan. His primary responsibility included handling patent and trademark litigation matters including trial and appellate work. On numerous occasions, Professor Tschura has appeared and argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has extensive experience in preparation and prosecution of applications for patents and trademarks before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
In 1994, he accepted the position of Divisional Vice President-Intellectual Property Law with Kmart Corp., of Troy, Mich. He managed and supervised all domestic and international intellectual property matters for Kmart Corp., and specialty retailing subsidiaries until 2002.
In 2002, he became an Associate Professor at Cooley. He was instrumental in helping to develop the Intellectual Property LL.M. program and was the director.