Bob is a successful patent prosecutor with experience in all aspects of intellectual property. He represents clients of all sizes and helps them develop, protect and leverage their intellectual property rights in the U.S. and abroad, primarily in Europe, China, Japan, Taiwan and S. Korea. Bob has expertise in all phases of patent prosecution, including appeal, oral argument, inter partes and ex partes re-examination, reissue, and post-grant opposition. He also has been involved in many due diligence investigations and has authored numerous patentability and freedom to operate opinions.

Prior to entering the field of intellectual property law, Bob spent nearly a decade as a design engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was involved in the design of a wide variety of printers. His hardware experience includes the specification, design, simulation, test, certification, and qualification of microprocessor-based printer controllers, DRAM memory options, communication interfaces, hard disk modules, and multi-protocol network interface modules. His software experience includes programming in PostScript and C, writing firmware verification test suites, and writing driver files to support various network operating systems.

Representative matters include:

  • Prosecution of patents that have been successfully enforced in court.
  • Successful oral argument and appeals before the Patent Board of Appeals and Interferences.
  • Successful defense of third-party-requested reexamination proceedings.
  • Due diligence investigations, patentability and freedom to operate opinions involving medical devices, consumer goods, and semiconductor fabrication equipment.
  • Strategic counselling on designing around copyrighted software.
  • Managing and expanding client’s patent portfolios in the U.S. and abroad.

Education and Prior Experience

  • Suffolk University Law School; J.D., magna cum laude, focus on intellectual property law
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., Engineering Science
  • Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, B.E., Electrical Engineering Concentration
  • Digital Equipment Corporation: Senior Design Engineer, Components and Peripherals

Admissions, Memberships, and Acknowledgements

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Member, Boston Patent Law Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Proficient in French