“ The depth and breadth of legal and technical expertise at MoFo allows me to assemble a world-class team to address our clients’ most challenging issues.
Bob advises clients on patent litigation, specializing in adversarial patent license negotiations. He 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. Bob represents 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.
Bob focuses on preparing successful strategies for avoiding threatened litigation and advising clients on portfolio management. He 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 a telecommunications company.
Bob is the founding chair of the Tokyo IP American Inn of Court and serves as an editor of the Licensing Executives Society of Japan’s publication Winds from Japan. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, as well as a frequent lecturer in Asia on intellectual property rights.
While attending the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Bob served as an editor of the CommLaw Conspectus communications law journal. In addition to his law degree, 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.Show More
(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.
Represent a major Japanese semiconductor company in adversarial patent license negotiations with Intellectual Ventures, one of the largest patent assertion entities.
Represent Japan’s largest DRAM manufacturer in adversarial patent license negotiations with Tessera Technologies, one of the largest global holders of semiconductor packaging patents.
Represent a major Japanese semiconductor company in adversarial patent license negotiations with IPVALUE and Round Rock Research.
Represent a major producer of custom semiconductor products for mobile phone applications in adversarial patent license negotiations with a well-known patent assertion entity.
Member of the team that successfully handled high-profile smartphone cases in Japan.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019
Chambers Global 2019
Chambers Asia Pacific 2020
Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) 2019
The Best Lawyers in Japan 2019
IAM Patent 1000 2019