Communication is a vital aspect of building relationships with clients, and Rob understands that concept well. He makes it a priority to keep his clients informed so they can make intelligent decisions regarding their intellectual property and business strategies.Rob practices general intellectual property law, focusing on patent prosecution and litigation support. He helps clients of all sizes to strategically grow their patent portfolios. He concentrates his patent prosecution practice in the electrical and mechanical arts, including an emphasis in software and biomedical device patents. He has particular experience in preparing and prosecuting software and business method patents, and has helped many clients patent Internet-based and financial innovations. Rob understands the unique issues surrounding these technologies and helps his clients think strategically when seeking to protect core business processes.Rob provides litigation support in a variety of areas, including enforcing patent rights, counseling clients on the most strategic methods for enforcement, and helping them manage costs in contentious matters.Before practicing law, Rob was a software engineer for MCI Telecommunications, working on the design and integration of sophisticated calling card platforms.
Rob enjoys representing children in foster care proceedings on behalf of the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota and doing housing law work for the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network. At Merchant & Gould, Rob is chair of the forms committee and the pro bono committee, and he serves on the conflicts committee.
In his spare time, Rob likes to participate in endurance athletics, including running and triathlons.