Rob has benefited firm clients in the areas of utility patents and industrial designs. He has drafted and prosecuted to issuance numerous and significant utility patents in the U.S. and in foreign countries. These clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as many individual inventors and small companies who rely on strong patent protection in their marketplaces. The patents have been directed primarily to mechanical and electromechanical devices, and to software and computer-related inventions. Many patents drafted and prosecuted by Rob have been successfully enforced with some having served as the cornerstone for the successful sale of companies.
Roles in FICPI
- Vice President
CET Group 2 is FICPI’s research authority on Design protection. Its main objective is to promote the discussion of the trending topics concerning Industrial Designs in different parts of the world, either in national or international level. CET 2’s body of experts are encouraged to bring to the awareness of the group of new guidelines or positions of different Offices that might affect how designs are protected, in which case CET 2 actively seeks to promote a dialogue with the register authority in order to assure that the views of the Practitioners worldwide is heard. In sum, the CET 2 Group should always be a leader, getting out in front of all issues concerning Design matters.
CET Group 3 focuses on developments of the international patent system and provides guidance to its users. Such developments can relate to both substantive and procedural aspects of patent law, and CET3 follows them across jurisdictions.
CET3 identifies issues that deserve study, conducts the studies and provides guidance through various outputs available to the users of the patent system such as Guidelines, Position papers, and Resolutions. CET3 actively contributes to forging and advocating the position of FICPI in discussions on patent law harmonisation in key study and discussion groups such as the Group B+ and at the forums established by WIPO.
CET3 also monitors and studies international agreements and conventions relating to patents, follows the developments of the PCT system and, where necessary, provides comments to WIPO and relevant authorities for defending a well-balanced international patent system.