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• J.D., University of Houston Law Center
Honors and Judicial Experience
Admissions and Affiliations
• State Bar of Texas (SBOT)
• State Bar of California (SBOC)
• United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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Robert’s intellectual property practice is vast in scope and spans many years in both patent prosecution and litigation. He has prosecuted patent applications relating to upstream hydrocarbon and gas production, downstream chemicals, batteries, fuel cells, plasma screens, polymer films, nanotechnology, bio-fuels, printer inks, vascular stents, medical devices for drug delivery and consumer products. In addition to drafting patent applications, office action responses and freedom-to-operate/non-infringement opinions, Robert argued before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. His litigation experience includes drafting bench memos, position papers, expert witness evaluation, strategy documents, general legal research and IP support for antitrust litigation. Additional activities have included drafting international IP agreements and conducting due diligence studies of general agreements, including consulting, master service, confidentiality and development agreements.
Robert earned his bachelor’s degree at Rice University in Houston, Texas, majoring in Chemical Engineering. During the summer before his senior year, Robert interned at the Clorox Pioneering Research Center near San Francisco, California, performing research in the area of enzyme stabilization. Robert worked for several international engineering and construction firms where he designed refineries and chemical plants, and he performed multiple simulations of plants to optimize production.
After gaining twelve years of experience as a Process Engineer, Robert became a Patent Agent and began practicing at Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White LLP in Houston, Texas. One year later, Robert started law school at the University of Houston Law Center, initially attending the evening program while working full time.
After the first year in law school, Robert was invited onto the Houston Law Review, eventually becoming an Articles Editor. Robert decided to attend law school full time and work in-house as a part time Law Clerk for an international oil and gas service corporation where he reviewed thousands of intellectual property agreements and assisted in drafting new agreements for various research groups.
Following graduation from law school, Robert became in-house intellectual property counsel in the corporation, where he drafted and negotiated various agreements including patent licenses, joint-development agreements, university research agreements and government grant proposals.
When an opportunity to return to California presented itself, Robert left the corporate environment for private practice, first at an intellectual property law boutique and later at a large international law firm.
Robert currently resides and practices in Seattle, Washington.