Elliott I. Pollock, 72, a patent attorney and a founder of the law firm of Pollock, VandeSande and Amernick, died in his sleep June 25 while on vacation in Irvington, Va. He had heart disease.

Mr. Pollock also was a former officer in community organizations, including Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, where he was president from 1983 to 1985.

He also had been chairman of the home's ethics committee. From 1973 to 1975, he was president of Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase.

A resident of Chevy Chase since 1954, he was born in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rochester. He received his law degree from Georgetown University and served in the Navy.

His legal practice included cases before the U.S. Court of Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, federal district and appeals courts throughout the country and the U.S. Supreme Court, where he argued two patent infringement cases.

From 1962 until 1975, Mr. Pollock was an adjunct professor of patent law at Georgetown University Law Center.

In 1966, he was one of the founders of Pollock, VandeSande and Amernick, and he remained active with the firm until his death. His clients included such corporations as IBM, MCI and USAir.

Mr. Pollock was an active supporter of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where he funded a program for children's activities, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

He also had worked for the United Jewish Appeal Foundation and Israel Bonds.

His awards included a certificate of honor given by the United Synagogues of America in 1975 and the State of Israel 30th Anniversary Award in 1978, which was given by Ohr Kodesh Congregation and the Israel Bond Committee.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Vivian Pollock of Chevy Chase; three grandchildren, Bruce Pollock of Fairfield, Conn., Nancy Ginsberg of Bethesda and Scott Pollock of Evanston, Ill.; and eight grandchildren.