Robert Esposito is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and has extensive courtroom experience representing clients in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Esposito has argued numerous dispositive motions in state and federal court and has briefed and argued appeals in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the California Court of Appeal.
Super Lawyers selected Mr. Esposito as a “Rising Star” in 2013 – 2016.
Mr. Esposito has represented clients in patent disputes involving technologies such as microfluidics devices, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, educational software and devices, and electronic voting software and devices. His patent litigation experience includes pre-litigation strategy, arbitration, damages assessment, jurisdictional challenges, venue disputes, discovery motions, and claim interpretation.
Mr. Esposito has also represented clients in copyright, trademark, and trade dress disputes involving apparel, footwear, furniture, and food and wine. His accomplishments include obtaining an ex parte order for the seizure of counterfeit patio furniture and winning a preliminary and permanent injunction on behalf of a nationwide home decor retailer.
Mr. Esposito also represents pro-bono clients primarily in the area of LGBT rights. He has contributed to amicus curie briefs on behalf of Family Equality Council and other amici in the U.S. Supreme Court cases Hollingsworth v. Perry, United States v. Windsor, and Obergefell v. Hodges, and similar cases in the Courts of Appeals for the First, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits.
Mr. Esposito currently serves on the board of directors of AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), a non-profit organization providing legal services to people affected by HIV and AIDS, and on the board of directors of the Digital Game Museum, whose mission is to preserve, present, and study the history and evolution of digital games. Mr. Esposito also currently serves as co-chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Technology Committee and previously served on the board of the BASF Barristers Club, where he was elected to the Executive Committee.
In law school, Mr. Esposito was a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and California Law Review. Mr. Esposito also worked at the Berkeley Law, Technology, and Public Policy clinic, where he wrote and submitted amicus curie briefs in the Federal Circuit’s en banc hearing of In re Bilski, regarding the scope of patentable subject matter, and the Second Circuit copyright case United States v. Martignon, regarding Congress’ commerce clause authority to criminalize bootlegging.
Mr. Esposito earned his B.S. in general chemistry from UCLA, with a focus on physical chemistry and microrheology, and wrote a weekly column for the UCLA Daily Bruin focusing on consumer electronics and the entertainment industry.
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