Robert Hollingshead is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Hollingshead focuses on patent litigation and adversarial patent license negotiations. With an advanced degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Hollingshead frequently represents U.S. and international clients in disputes relating to electronics, semiconductors (including logic, DRAM, flash memory, sensors, and related semiconductor manufacturing processes), displays, software, telecommunications, medical devices, and metallurgical and magnetic technologies. He has represented clients before the International Trade Commission, various U.S. district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the International Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Hollingshead has considerable experience preparing successful strategies for avoiding threatened litigation and advising clients on portfolio management. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications encompassing a wide range of complex electrical and mechanical technologies.
Mr. Hollingshead is a registered patent attorney and former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), where he examined patent applications in liquid crystal display technologies. Before his legal career, he was a senior electrical engineer with Stanford Telecommunications, Inc.
Mr. Hollingshead is the current and founding Chair of the Tokyo IP American Inn of Court and currently serves as an editor of the Licensing Executives Society of Japan publication Winds from Japan. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and a frequent lecturer in Asia on intellectual property rights.
Mr. Hollingshead is recommended by Chambers Global (2018), Chambers Asia Pacific (2019), IAM Patent 1000 (2018), and Best Lawyers Japan (2019). He is ranked as a Leading Individual for Intellectual Property by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019). He was also selected as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey 2018-2019. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Japan as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the PTO.
Mr. Hollingshead received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where he was an editor of the CommLaw Conspectus communications law journal. He holds an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and dual B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of Maryland.
Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets and Products Containing Same(International Trade Commission, 337-TA-855). Represented complainant Hitachi Metals and its U.S. affiliate in a landmark investigation involving 29 respondents before the United States International Trade Commission regarding infringement of certain Hitachi Metals patents by the sale into the U.S. of certain sintered rare earth magnets. Following favorable settlement with virtually all respondents, the investigation was terminated by Hitachi Metals prior to trial.
Japanese semiconductor company - adversarial patent license negotiations with Intellectual VenturesRepresent a major Japanese semiconductor company in adversarial patent license negotiations with Intellectual Ventures, one of the largest patent assertion entities.
Japanese DRAM manufacturer – adversarial patent license negotiations with Tessera TechnologiesRepresent Japan’s largest DRAM manufacturer in adversarial patent license negotiations with Tessera Technologies, one of the largest global holders of semiconductor packaging patents.
Japanese semiconductor company – adversarial patent license negotiations with IPVALUE and Round Rock ResearchRepresent a major Japanese semiconductor company in adversarial patent license negotiations with IPVALUE and Round Rock Research.
Semiconductor products for mobile phone applications – adversarial patent license negotiationsRepresent a major producer of custom semiconductor products for mobile phone applications in adversarial patent license negotiations with a well-known patent assertion entity.
Japanese smartphone casesMember of team that successfully handled high-profile smartphone cases in Japan.
Mr. Hollingshead is recommended by Chambers Global (2018), Chambers Asia Pacific (2019), IAM Patent 1000 (2018), and Best Lawyers Japan (2019). He is ranked as a Leading Individual for Intellectual Property by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019). He was also selected as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey 2018-2019.
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