Gerald B. Halt Jr.



Clients appreciate Jay’s holistic and inventive approach to optimizing the value of their intellectual property portfolios. He collaborates with clients at all stages of development—from startup entrepreneurs to teams of engineers at Fortune 500 companies—to secure, manage and protect their IP, devising and implementing results-oriented strategies in order to provide peace of mind that those assets are secure.

Well regarded for his skill in drafting and negotiating patent licensing agreements, agreements of sale, confidentiality agreements and non-disclosure agreements, Jay is also known for his experience and aptitude in performing due diligence, patentability, validity, and state-of-the-art analyses and opinions.

Jay’s keen analytical instincts also come into play in advising and evaluating startups. Whether his client is seeking to raise capital or invest it, his pragmatic counsel stems from plentiful hands-on experience.

Jay is well versed in the international regulations of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and partners with foreign attorneys and businesses throughout Europe and Asia to facilitate their IP needs in the United States. Notably, he has counseled Japanese businesses for more than 20 years, resulting in a dedicated service group within the firm. Ever mindful of the cost and competitive pressures faced by foreign clients, Jay continuously strives to deliver IP services with speed and superlative service.

Previous Work and Industry Experience

Jay worked for six years as an electrical engineer for the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) while simultaneously earning his J.D. from Widener University School of Law.




  • 04.12.2023

    In this episode, co-hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue dive into the first part of a series on the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on not only the world, but on copyright, trademarks, and patents. They examine examples of AI in pop culture, and how they reflect the broader trends and concerns surrounding AI in our society.

    Artificial intelligence (whether tied to robots or otherwise) has always been a popular trope in movies, television shows, and books, from Isaac Asimov’s “I Robot” seminal book series, to the classic “Terminator" movies, to the more recent "Ex Machina" and “M3GAN”. Rapid advancements in technology have now enabled AI to become part of our daily lives which raises not only important legal questions, but also ethical considerations for humans when developing AI technologies. As this technology continues to advance, it is becoming clear that it has the potential to automate many of the tasks that are currently performed by humans across a wide range of industries. This means that certain jobs, particularly those that involve routine or repetitive tasks, may be at risk of being automated in the coming years.

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  • 07.08.2020

    In this episode of IP Goes Pop!, Jay Halt, Shareholder at Volpe Koenig, and Ankit Aggarwal, Associate at Volpe Koenig, join Shareholder Michael Snyder to talk about Artificial Intelligence in pop culture. They discuss inventorship and how it can become even more complicated when Artificial Intelligence is added to the picture.

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Jay's work spans multiple technologies, including:

  • MPEG and wireless communication systems
  • Communication system protocols
  • Microwave systems and components
  • Optical barcode scanners
  • Fiber optic systems
  • Semiconductor devices and semiconductor fabrication equipment

Honors and Activities


  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, published by Best Lawyers LLC, for Litigation – Intellectual Property and Patent Law, (2013-2024) View methodology used for selection.
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list, published by Thomson Reuters, (2010-2020) View methodology used for selection.  

  • Selected as a "Patent Star" in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars, (2020-2023) View methodology used for selection.  
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Professional Affiliations

  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA)
  • Brehon Law Society
  • Philadelphia Union League
  • Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)

Community Involvement

  • Engineering Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, Villanova University
  • Citizens Diplomacy International Philadelphia, Chair 
  • Community Design Collaborative, Board Member


Widener University School of Law/Delaware Law School, J.D.

Villanova University, B.S., Electrical Engineering


  • Pennsylvania
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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