Attorney Profiles

Daniel E. Gaitan


Associate — Redwood City


Daniel Enrique Gaitan is an associate in the intellectual property department at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley in Redwood City. He specializes in trademarks, trade secrets, antitrust, unfair competition, and other areas of intellectual property. Mr. Gaitan earned his J.D. from the University Of San Francisco School Of Law, where he received the Intellectual Property and Technology Certificate with Honors.

Most notably, Mr. Gaitan was the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) 2017 Saul Lefkowitz National Moot Court Champion, which is a widely recognized competition that tests law students from all over the United States, in legal research, legal writing, and oral arguments in the areas of U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. 

After capturing the 1st place prize in the Western Regionals competition at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Gaitan and his team of four, flew to Washington D.C. to argue against the top two teams from every region in front of Trademark Trial and Appeal Judges. Mr. Gaitan and his team took home 1st place, winning the Best Oralist award and the Best Team Overall award.

During law school Mr. Gaitan was heavily involved with intellectual property law. He was the Executive Editor of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal, the Vice President of the Intellectual Property and Technology Organization, and a Senior Research Fellow for the McCarthy Institute of Intellectual Property and Technology law, under the guidance of David Franklyn (one of the nation's preeminent experts on intellectual property). 

Further, Mr. Gaitan served as the Personal Research Assistant for J. Thomas McCarthy, the nationally renowned authority on trademarks and unfair competition. He assisted Mr. McCarthy on updating his well-known seven-volume treatise, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition (published by Thomson-Reuters). This treatise is now in its Fifth Edition and has been relied upon as authority in over 5000 judicial opinions, including thirteen U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Mr. Gaitan has expanded his knowledge of U.S. intellectual property law to Chinese law as well. He took courses at Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China. He studied Chinese Legal Tradition under Professor. Li Xiaohui, Protection of Human Rights under Professor Hazel (Yanxia) Yao, Intellectual Property Law in China under Professor X. David Zheng, and Chinese Company Law under Professor Hongyu Fu. Concurrently, Mr. Gaitan worked for three months in Beijing for the preeminent law firm, Unitalen Attorneys at Law, under Partner Yongbo Li, focusing on trademark prosecution and litigation.