Robert’s practice includes all facets of intellectual property law including patents, opinions, clearance, and litigation. He has worked in both the U.S. and Europe on patent drafting, patent litigation, and trademark prosecution. His extensive international experience gives him a unique perspective on the protection of intellectual property in various jurisdictions. Robert has lectured in both the U.S. and Europe on how to draft patent applications for global protection. He has also assisted in European litigations with issues that intermingle U.S. and European law.
Robert’s practice emphasizes electrical- and computer-related fields.
Robert joined Klarquist in 1994 as an associate and became partner in 2001. After leaving the firm to work in Europe, he returned to the partnership in 2009.
J.D., cum laude (Top 5%), Seton Hall Law School, 1994
B.S. with High Honors (Top 5%) in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1988
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1996 (Reg. No. 39,830)
Electrical & Semiconductors Software & Internet Technology Mobile Devices & Applications
Studio Torta | IP Attorney, 2004 – 2007 | Turin, Italy
While working in Europe, Robert prepared and prosecuted European patent applications related to software and electronics. He also worked extensively on community trademark oppositions and filing. He attended European Patent classes at the University of Strasbourg, France, prior to passing the European Qualifying Examination.
Klarquist Sparkman | IP Attorney, 1994 – 2003 | Portland, Oregon
Associate from 1994 – 2001 and Partner from 2001 – 2003 before transitioning to Europe. His practice focused primarily on US patent prosecution and patent litigation. Additionally, he assisted on a large due diligence review.
Formation Inc. | Member Technical Staff, 1988 – 1991 | Moorestown, New Jersey
Designed digital hardware and software, including microprocessor-based systems. Programming languages included C, C++ and assembly language.
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Oregon Patent Law Association
Honors & Awards
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals | 2021, 2022, 2023