For over forty years, Bob has counseled clients in a wide variety of industries
on a broad spectrum of legal and business issues related to patents, trademarks,
copyrights and unfair competition. He has advised clients of all sizes, from the
single inventor to successive generations of family owned businesses and multi-division
national industrial and pharmaceutical companies.
Bob has represented high tech companies involved in the development of circuitry
and fabrication methods for digital memories and OLED displays, manufacturers of
medical devices, anti-theft security systems, laboratory glassware, residential
and commercial steam generators, and camera lenses for the motion picture industry.
He has also worked with many apparel clients including leading companies in the
bridal, underwear and footwear areas, suppliers to the garment and dry cleaning
trades including manual and automatic tagging equipment, a leading manufacturer
of thermogravimetric analyzers, the world’s leading producer of lubricants as well
as toy companies, jewelry manufacturers, infomercial companies, optical companies,
home fashion product suppliers, book publishers, a national provider of funeral
services and an internationally known rock group.
Bob recognizes the value of building long term relationships with his clients that
allow him to learn their businesses and goals, and to understand the technologies
they need to achieve success. Many of his clients have remained with him over the
length of his career.
Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since
1973, Bob has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign patent applications
in many different technical fields. He handles examiner interviews, re-examinations,
and appeals in the patent office. He also counsels clients on patentability, patent
infringement and licensing issues.
Bob has been responsible for maintaining and policing domestic and foreign trademark
portfolios. He provides opinions on trademark and copyright registration, infringement
and licensing, and advises clients on trade dress issues and unfair competition
issues. He also provided opinions on intellectual property issues for IPOs and due
diligence for intellectual property acquisitions.
Bob has extensive litigation experience in the federal district and appeals courts
in New York and other districts with regard to patent, trademark, trade dress and
unfair competition issues, including multiple patent infringement actions in the
telecommunications area as well offensive and defensive cases involving design of
apparel, home fashion and consumer products. Aside from the courts of the State
of New York, Bob is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern
and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. District Courts of Appeal for the Second
and Federal Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science from the Columbia University School of Engineering
(1967) and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School (1971).
Bob is married to a social worker in private practice who specializes in geriatrics
and has two children, a son who holds an accounting degree and a law degree who
specializes in financial restructuring, and a daughter who holds a doctorate in
psychology and a master’s degree in speech therapy and has provided three grandchildren.