For more than a decade, Robert has helped clients, ranging from individuals to major corporations, protect and maximize their intellectual property rights. He handles patent prosecutions, licensing, opinion drafting and litigation and has extensive experience obtaining patent and trademark registrations and negotiating and drafting various licensing agreements and validity and non-infringement opinions.
Robert’s fluency in Japanese and prior work experience as an interpreter and visiting college professor at Kyoto University enables him to provide his clients with a global perspective on the protection of their patent, trademark and trade secret rights.
Robert has handled patent infringement litigation involving a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, electronics and appliance manufacturing, printing and telecommunications and Internet technology. Specific technologies he has worked with have included VoIP switch, DRAM computer chips, video game packaging, anti-epilepsy drug, food flavoring, plastic resin and bag, sewing machine, metal case and window shades.
Robert has served as primary U.S. counsel to many Japanese corporations with various legal matters outside of intellectual property. He has represented Japanese corporations in civil litigations over various contract disputes, land use, and investments. He has also assisted Japanese clients with drafting and negotiating sales and distribution agreements; forming and dissolving corporations; buying, selling, and developing real estate; business combinations; employment law; immigration; government investigations; and in international disputes.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to his practice of law, Robert was an intellectual property paralegal at several New York law firms. He also previously served as a team interpreter for the New York Mets and was an assistant manager at Mika Overseas Corporation, where he handled import and export rights and sales of various products between the United States and Japan.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Fluent in Japanese, Robert frequently speaks to corporations, universities and government agencies in Japan on the topic of U.S. patent law. He served as a visiting professor at Kyoto University in 2009 and 2010.