G. Gervaise Davis III, Esquire

G. Gervaise Davis III, Esquire

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Gervaise Davis was the founding principal of the former Monterey, California, law firm of Davis & Schroeder, a boutique business and intellectual property firm, specializing in matters relating to protection, development and licensing of software for businesses and non-profits, and the many complex legal issues arising from the Internet. Mr. Davis is an expert in copyright law, trademarks, domain names, trade secrets and intellectual property licensing. He has, for many years, advised multinational and domestic for profit and non-profit companies in this field. He currently serves as a frequent expert witness, mediator, or arbitrator in high tech litigation and dispute matters.

Mr. Davis, now retired from active law practice, is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia, as well as being admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, most of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and numerous U.S. District Courts across the country. Mr. Davis has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Santa Clara University Law School, where he taught courses in Intellectual Property and the Internet. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., with his J.D., and also holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown.

What first made you excited to get involved with Benetech?

I helped Jim Fruchterman form and found Benetech, both as its lawyer and incorporator, and was on the original board and have been since then. Jim’s concepts of helping those less fortunate than us by using technology in previously unknown ways was exciting, so I asked to be part of it.

Based on your experience, what is the significance of technology in driving social progress?

Technology is remaking the world in many ways. With the many problems the world and its people have to deal with, it is important that those who understand these issues and can help apply technology to address them do so. It is very satisfying to watch the effects of these developments.

What would you say to someone who is considering partnering with Benetech or maybe even joining you on the board?

I have seen what Jim and the Benetech staff have done over the years and would highly recommend joining them by serving on the Board and contributing to Benetech’s goals.