Praised by market sources in Chambers USA as “a smart guy and high-quality lawyer,” Robert holds an excellent reputation for his IP experience, where peers note that “he gets good results for his clients.”

Overview

A litigation powerhouse, Robert wins complex intellectual property disputes in federal courts throughout the U.S. In the course of his career, Robert has worked in nearly every major business center nationwide, giving him the knowledge, background and experience to provide clients with the tactical advice they need to successfully resolve complex IP disputes.

Robert has successfully represented clients in the full range of dispute resolution venues, from direct negotiations to mediations and arbitrations to bench and jury trials. He has also handled post-grant proceedings before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeals Board. In addition to winning jury verdicts in high-stakes patent litigation, he has strong appellate experience and has won summary judgment in complex patent cases where the plaintiff demanded tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.

Experience

Robert has first chaired many jury trials and argued many appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Robert's lawsuits have involved electronic circuits and electrical controls, computer systems and software, telephone systems and software, voting equipment, mining equipment, commercial food preparation equipment, organic and inorganic chemistry, semiconductors, integrated circuit plating baths, life sciences reagents and processes, medical devices, robotics, dental products, financial services, entertainment, LED manufacturing processes and illumination systems, GPS systems, and other manufactured and industrial products.

Through summary judgment of non-infringement on one patent and a jury verdict of invalidity on two other patents, Robert defeated three voting equipment patents and a middle eight figure demand.

Through summary judgments of invalidity or non-infringement and a jury verdict, Robert substantially defeated four semiconductor patents and thus reduced a middle eight figure demand to four figures.

Robert obtained summary judgments of invalidity or non-infringement for a Fortune 500 client against Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing (RAKTL).  RAKTL sued many corporate defendants asserting his 40+ patent portfolio and collected well over a billion dollars from all of them.  Robert's client was one of the very few who did not pay anything. 

Robert has obtained several low to middle eight-figure settlements for his patent owner clients.

A list of over 100 Representative Cases is available at this link.

Shipping and Transit, LLC v. Metrogistics, LLC, Case No. 9:16-cv-80912 (S.D.FL)

Watlow Electric Manufacturing Holdings Company v. Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. et al., Case No. 4:16-cv-00682 (E.D.Mo)

CO2 Solutions Inc. v. Akermin Inc., Case No. 4:16-cv-00520 (E.D.Mo)

Jack Kennedy Metal Products & Buildings, Inc. v. Strata Products Worldwide, LLC, Case No. 4:16-cv-00370 (E.D.Mo)

Special Care Hospital Management v. Jeff Messer, Case No. 15SL-CC01428 (Circuit Court of St. Louis County)

Ameren Services Company v. Attachmate Corporation, Case No. 4:15-cv-00772 (E.D.Mo)

CO2 Solutions Inc. v. Akermin Inc., Case No. 1:15-cv-01123 (Dist. of Del.)

Entrust Datacard Corporation v. Atlantic Zeiser GmbH et al., Case No. 0:15-cv-04260 (Dist.of MN)

MASA LLC v. Apple Inc., Case No. 4:15-cv-00889 (E.D.Mo)

Enthone Inc. v. BASF Corporation, Case No. 1:15-cv-00233 (N.D.NY)

Endeavor MeshTech Inc. v. Aclara Technologies LLC, Case No. 4:15-cv-00358 (E.D.Mo)

Battenfeld Technologies Inc. v. Nicholas Schillin, Case No. 2:15-cv-04186 (W.D.Mo)

Cree, Inc. v. Honeywell International Inc, Case No. 3:14-cv-00737 (W.D.WI)

Bonutti Research, Inc. et al., v. Lantz Medica, Inc., Case No. 1:14-cv-00609 (S.D.IN)

KNM Kitchen Equipment Fabricating Company d/b/a Countercraft v. Commercial Kitchens, Inc. d/b/a Mod-U-Serve, Case No. 6:14-cv-00677 (E.D.TX)

Endeavor MeshTech Inc. v. Aclara Technologies LLC, Case No. 1:13-cv-01618 (Dist of Del.)

Enthone Inc. v. Moses Lake Industries, Inc., Case No. 1:13-cv-01054 (N.D.Ny)

Brilliant Optical Solutions LLC v. Time Warner Cable, Case No. 4:13-cv-01288 (E.D.Mo)

Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. Commerce Bancshares, Inc. et al., Case No. 2:13-cv-04160 (W.D.Mo)

American Traffic Solutions, Inc. v. B&W Sensors LLC, Case No. 4:13-cv-00229 (E.D.Mo)

Pollin Patent Licensing, LLC et al. v. Commerce Bancshares, Inc. et al., Case No. 4:12-cv-02211 (E.D.Mo)

B & W Sensors LLC v. American Traffic Solutions, Inc., Case No. 4:12-cv-02122 (E.D.Mo)

MacDermid, Inc et al. v. Enthone, Inc, Case No. 3:12-cv-01192 (Dist. of CT)

Unified Messaging Solutions, LLC v. Commerce Bancshares, Inc, Case No. 1:12-cv-06287 (N.D.Ill)

Clayton Corporation v. Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. et al., Case No. 4:12-cv-01349 (E.D.Mo)

Clamp-Swing Pricing Company v. Super Market Merchandising and Supply, Inc., Case No. 3:12-cv-02445 (N.D.CA)

Unified Messaging Solutions, LLC v. Commerce Bancshares, Inc., Case No. 4:12-cv-00368 (E.D.Mo.)

Total Lock & Security, Inc.,v. SecuriTech Group, Inc. et al., Case No. 4:11-cv-02115 (E.D.Mo.)

CtLumination LLC v. Super Bright LEDs Incorporated, Case No. 2:11-cv-00792 (Dist. of AZ)

SourceProse Corporation v. AT&T, Mobility, LLC, et al., Case No. 1:11-cv-00117 (W.D.TX)

Illumination Innovation LLC, v. Ace Hardware Corporation et. al., Case No. 2:11-cv-00027 (E.D.TX)

Buelhorn v. Universal Valve Co., Case No. 3:2010-CV-00559 (S.D.Ill.)

Decision Support LLC v. Election Systems & Software Inc., Case No. 4:2010-CV-00190 (W.D.N.C.)

Bing! Info. Design LLC v. Microsoft Corp., Case No. 4:2010-CV-00076 (E.D.Mo.)

Franklin Inventions LLC v. Election Sys. & Software Inc., Case No. 2:2009-CV-00377 (E.D.Tex.)

Voter Verified Inc. v. Premier Election Solutions Inc. and Diebold Inc., Case No. 6:2009-CV-01968 (M.D.Fla.)

Voter Verified Inc. v. Election Sys. & Software Inc., Case No. 6:2009-CV-01969 (M.D.Fla.)

AmerenUE v. Plescia, Case No. 4:2009-CV-00494 (E.D.Mo.)

Avante Int’l Tech. Inc. v. Premier Election Solutions Inc., Case No. 4:2008-CV-01367 (E.D.Mo.)

Code 3 Inc. v. Whelen Eng’g Co., Case No. 4:2008-CV-00786 (E.D.Mo.)

S.O.I.Tec Silicon on Insulator Techs. SA v. MEMC Elec. Materials Inc., Case No. 1:2008-CV-00292 (D.Del.)

Avante Int’l Tech. Inc. v. Premier Election Solutions Inc., Case No. 4:2008-CV-00587 (E.D.Mo.)

SunOpta Inc. v. Abengoa Bioenergy New Techs. Inc., Case No. 4:2008-CV-00078 (E.D.Mo.)

Ronald A. Katz Tech. Licensing LP v. Ameren Corp., Case No. 2:2007-ML-01816 (C.D.Ca) and Case No. 4:2007-CV-01083 (E.D.Mo.)

Patent Enforcement Team LLC v. Eagle Grooving Inc., Case No. 9:2006-CV-81188 (S.D.Fla.)

Avante Int’l Tech. Inc. v. Premier Election Solutions Inc. f/k/a Diebold Inc., Case No. 4:2006-CV-00978 (E.D.Mo.)

Concept Unlimited Inc. v. The Fitts Co., Case No. 3:2006-CV-01635 (D.S.C.)

S.O.I.Tec Silicon on Insulator Techs. SA v. MEMC Elec. Materials Inc., Case No. 1:2005-CV-00806 (D.Del.)

Alliance Security Prods. Inc. v. Fleming Co., Case No. 1:2005-CV-05214 (S.D.N.Y.)

Sumitomo Mitsubishi Silicon Corp. v. MEMC Elec. Materials Inc., Case No. 4:2005-CV-02133 (N.D.Ca.)

Leggett & Platt Inc. v. Vutek Inc., Case No. 4:2005-CV-00788 (E.D.Mo.)

Pazar Americas Inc. v. Cosco Inc., Case No. 3:2003-CV-00245 (S.D.Oh.)

Tobek Inc. v. Quall's Stud Welding, Case No. 4:2003-CV-00370 (E.D.Mo.)

Brookstone Co. v. Restoration Hardware, Case No. 4:2003-CV-00264 (E.D.Mo.)

Maritz Inc. and American Express Incentive Servs., LLC v. Carlson Cos., Case No. 4:2002-CV-00161 (E.D.Mo.)

MEMC Elec. Materials Inc. v. Mitsubishi Materials Silicon Corp., Case No. 4:2001-CV-04925 (N.D.Ca.)

Maritz Inc., American Express Co., and AEIS v. Meridian Enters., Case No. 4:2000-CV-00387 (E.D.Mo.)

Solutech Inc. v. Solutech Consulting, Case No. 4:1999-CV-01865 (E.D.Mo.)

Edward D. Jones Co. v. Athena Inv. Group Inc., Case No. 1:1999-CV-06204 (N.D.Ill.)

Airtech Int’l Inc. v. De-Comp Composites, Case No. 4:1999-CV-00634 (N.D.Ok.)

State of Fl. Bd. of Regents v. Am. Bioscience., Case No. 4:1999-CV-00131 (N.D.Fla.)

Hypotherm Inc. v. Thermal Dynamics, Case No. 1:1998-CV-00647 (D.N.H.)

Tee-Lok Corp. v. Mitek Indus., Case No. 4:1998-CV-00909 (E.D.Mo.)

Futura Coatings, Inc. v. Jeffrey Raglani and Marchem Corp., Cause No. CV 198-3163 CC (Circuit Court, St. Charles, MO)

D.W. Indus. Inc. v. Safe-Wave Prods. Inc., Case No. 4:1997-CV-02126 (E.D.Mo.)

We Diversified Servs. v. Deutsche Fin. Servs., Case No. 2:1997-CV-00221 (D.Utah)

The Dal LLC v. Barnett Inc., Double “R” Specialty Molding Company, Inc., Case No. 8:1996-CV-02606 (M.D.Fla.)

Barnes-Jewish Hosp. v. IDEXX Labs., Case No. 2:1995-CV-00290 (D.Me.)

Rawlings Sporting v. Finley, Case No. 4:1995-CV-01216 (E.D.Mo.)

Unidynamics Corp. v. Automatic Prods. Int’l., Case No. 4:1995-CV-01185 (E.D.Mo.)

David Sherman Corp. v. Ron Matusalem Inc., Case No. 4:1995-CV-01166 (E.D.Mo.)

Carmade Mfg. Co. v Enthusiasts Inc., Case No. 1:1995-CV-03355 (N.D.Ill.)

Buckeye Int’l. Inc. v. Ecolab Inc., Case No. 4:1994-CV-02177 (E.D.Mo.)

Hendry Mech. v. KL Acquisition Corp., Case No. 2:1994-CV-04344 (C.D.Ca.)

Perma-Jack Co. v. Permabilt by Bright, Case No. 4:1993-CV-00950 (N.D.Ok.)

K&F Mfg. Co. v. W. Litho Plate, Case No. 3:1993-CV-00300 (N.D.In.)

The Curators of the Univ. of MO v. CEM Corp., Case No. 93:4288-CV-5 (W.D.Mo)

Diversified Maintenance Corp. v. General Electric Capital Corp., Cause No. 932-9954 (St. Louis City Circuit Court, MO)

Hermelin v. Sears Roebuck & Co., Case No. 4:1992-CV-01370 (E.D.Mo.)

The Arch Fund Inc. v. St. Louis Leasing Corp., Case No. 4:1992-CV-01128 (E.D.Mo.)

Unidynamics Corp. v. Rowe Int’l., Case No. 4:1991-CV-02033 (E.D.Mo.)  

Nat’l. Packaging Corp. v. Nw. Bottle, Case No. 4:1991-CV-01595 (E.D.Mo.)

Hobojo Holding Co. v. Salmolux Inc., Case No. 2:1991-CV-00545 (W.D.Wa.)

Fed. Signal Corp. v. Public Safety Equip., Case No. 1:1991-CV-00493 (N.D.Ill.)

Grimmy, Inc. v. Acme Premium Supply Corp., Case No. 91-CV-0201-C-5 (E.D.Mo.)

Pulsair v. Puritan-Bennett Corp., Case No. 9:90-CV-08311 (S.D.Fla.)

Macrovision Corp. v. The Herrington Corp., Case No. 5:90-CV-20652 (N.D.Ca.)

Sigma Chemical Corp. v. ICN Pharm., Inc., (C.D.Ca.) 

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Federal Circuit Year in Review, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2012

Patent Opinions and Willful Infringement in the Wake of Knorr-Bremse, paper and presentation for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2005

Adjunct professor at Washington University's School of Electrical Engineering, 1995-2001

Introduction to Patent Law and Litigation, paper and public presentation, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1999

Annual Eighth Circuit Review of Trademark and Copyright Cases, paper and presentation for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1995 

Publications

"Patents: the Precious Gems of Commerce," St. Louis Business Journal, 2001

"Reasonable Expectations of Privacy and High Technology Surveillance: The Impact of California v. Ciraolo and Dow Chemical v. U.S. on Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act," Washington University Law Quarterly, 1988

Recognitions

Recognitions

Chambers USA Band 1 Attorney, 2012-present

Selected for inclusion Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer®

The Best Lawyers in America® - Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation 

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Judicial Learning Center, Board Member

American Intellectual Property Law Association

American Bar Association

The Missouri Bar

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Past-President of the Patent and Trademark Section

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Education

Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 1988

  • Order of the Coif
  • Washington University Law Quarterly, Notes and Comments Editor 

University of Notre Dame, B.S.E.E., summa cum laude, 1985 

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