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Robert L. Wagner

Robert L. Wagner

Practice areas:

Patent Infringement, Patent Application, Litigation, Intellectual Property

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About Me

I am an attorney at the Pittsburgh law firm of Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. (PSMN®), and  I focus my practice in the intellectual property and complex civil litigation areas.  In particular, I have represented plaintiffs and defendants in dozens of patent infringement lawsuits throughout the country.  I also have experience representing clients at trial, having successfully represented plaintiffs in a case with in a multi-million dollar jury verdict, and on appeal, having successfully argued before the Federal Circuit.


 


In addition to my litigation work, I devote a substantial amount of my time helping clients obtain patents, typically in the mechanical, electrical, optical, and computer fields, as well as trademarks and copyrights.


 


I am licensed to practice in the states of Pennsylvania and Illinois, as well as being a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark Office.  I am currently admitted to practice before the following federal courts: US District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Northern District of Ohio, Northern District of Illinois (trial bar), and Central District of Illinois and the US Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits.


 


Before practicing in Pittsburgh, I was an associate in the intellectual property and litigation groups at the Chicago law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP, and I clerked for the Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Judge O'Malley currently sits at the Federal Circuit, which hears all appeals involving patents.


 


PSMN is a federally registered trademark of Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Patent Application: 30%
    6 years
  2. Patent Infringement: 30%
    12 years
  3. Litigation: 25%
    12 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 15%
    12 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

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Contact Info

Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.

Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1105
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive201005/31/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200105/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Concentration in Litigation with HonorsCase Western Reserve University School of Law2001
Order of the CoifCase Western Reserve University School of Law2001
Magna Cum LaudeCase Western Reserve University School of Law2001
Highest Grade in AdmiraltyCALI2000
Highest Grade in Products LiabilityCALI2000
Highest Grade in Complex Federal Criminal ProsecutionCALI2000
Highest Grade in TortsCALI1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
CounselPicadio Sneath Miller & Norton, PC2010 - Present
AssociateWildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP2003 - 2010
Law ClerkUnited States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio2001 - 2003

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Defense Research Institute, Intellectual Property SubcommitteeMember2013 - Present
Defense Research Institute, Intellectual Property SubcommitteeSteering Committee2013 - Present
USLAWMember2012 - Present
Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2010 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2010 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Intellectual Property Law Association of ChicagoMember2008 - 2010
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Optical Society of AmericaMember1995 - Present
American Physical SocietyMember1995 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Midtronics, Inc. v. Aurora Performance Products, LLCVerdict in favor of my client (plaintiff)
Cement-Lock LLC v. Gas Technology InstituteCase settled after multi-million dollar jury verdict in favor of clients
Midtronics, Inc. v. Aurora Performance Products, LLCWon appeal at Federal Circuit

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
DRI TodaySupreme Court Grants Cert in Joint Patent Infringement Case2014
Pit IP Tech BlogFederal Circuit Grants Additional Time to Term of Patent from Continued Examination2014
Pit IP Tech BlogPennsylvania Senate to Consider Patent Troll Bill2014
Pit IP Tech BlogUSPTO Posts Questionable Advice for People Who Receive Demand Letters2014
Pit IP Tech BlogWhat Is a Patent?2014
Pit IP Tech BlogWhat Is the Difference Between a Provisional and Non-Provisional Patent Application?2014
Pit IP Tech BlogWhat Is a Copyright?2014
Pit IP Tech BlogSurvey of Proposed Patent Lawsuit Reform Bills in Congress (Part 1)2013
Pit IP Tech BlogIs Software Patentable? Fed Circuit Isn’t Sure—CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.2013
DRI TodaySupreme Court Rules That Genes Are Not Patentable Subject Matter2013
USLAW ConnectSupreme Court Holds That Reverse Payments May Give Rise to Antitrust Violations2013
Pit IP Tech BlogFederal Circuit Determines That It Has Jurisdiction to Hear Appeal Before Damages or Willfulness Determination2013
USLAW MagazineBeware of the Patent Troll Tax2013
Pit IP Tech BlogSurvey of Proposed Patent Lawsuit Reform Bills in Congress (Part 2)2013
Pit IP Tech BlogSurvey of Proposed Patent Lawsuit Reform Bills in Congress (Part 3)2013
Pit IP Tech BlogCongress Considering Stronger Trade Secret Laws2013
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdateCourt Sanctions Infringer for Violating Permanent Injunction With Improper Product Design Around2013
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdatePlaintiffs' Inconsistent Amended Pleading Results in Complaint Being Dismissed With Prejudice2013
USLAW ConnectFederal Circuit to Reconsider De Nove Claim Construction Review—Lighting Ballast Control Order2013
Pit IP Tech BlogIs Software Patentable? Federal Circuit Isn't Sure—CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.2013
Pit IP Tech BlogProper Pleading Standard Under Twombley for Patent Infringing Complaints—K-Tech Communications2013
Pit IP Tech BlogAre Human Genes Patentable?—Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics2013
Pit IP Tech BlogFull Scope Enablement — Magsil Corp. v. Hitachi Global Storage Techs., Inc.2012
Pit IP Tech BlogRogers v. Tristar Products–Federal Circuit Dismisses Pending Patent False Marking Appeal2012
Pit IP Tech BlogPatent or Trade Secret — Which One to Choose?2012
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdateThird Circuit Holds That Pay-for-Delay Drug Settlements Are Prima-Facie Evidence of an Unreasonable Restraint of Trade2012
DRI TodaySupreme Court Affirms Clear and Convincing Standard for Proving Invalidity in Microsoft v. i4i Decision2011
Pit IP Tech BlogFederal Circuit Grants En Banc Rehearing in McKesson to Decide Joint Infringement Standard2011
Pit IP Tech BlogSupreme Court Issues Global-Tech Decision Setting Inducement to Infringe Patent Standard2011
Pit IP Tech BlogIn re Klein–Federal Circuit Reverses Obviousness Rejection Because Non-Analogous Art Used2011
Pit IP Tech BlogFederal Circuit to Revisit Joint Infringement Standard En Banc in Akamai Case2011
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdateMiddle District of Pennsylvania Denies Motion to Dismiss PUTSA and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims but Dismisses Interference With Contractual Relations Claim2011
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdateCourt Rejects Rule 9(b) Challenge to False Marking Case2011
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdateCourt Dismisses False Marking Claim Where Marks Appeared in Manuals and Not on Products2011
Pit IP Tech BlogFederal Circuit Sanctions Non-Practicing Entity for Baseless Lawsuit—Eon-Net LP v. Flagstar Bancorp2011
Pit IP Tech BlogPublic Domain May Not Be So Public After-All—The Warner Bros. v. X One X Decision2011
ipFrontlineCopyright Trolling for Bloggers--Don't Get Hooked2010
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdateCourt Grants Motion to Dismiss False Patent Marking Complaint Under Rule 9(b)2010
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdateCourt Denies Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint Alleging False Patent Marking2010
Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation UpdateCourt Transfers False Patent Marking Lawsuit to Defendant's Home District2010
Ph.D. Thesis--University of MichiganLaser-Plasma Electron Accelerators and Nonlinear, Relativistic Optics1998
Physical Review LettersEvolution of a Plasma Waveguide Created during Relativistic Self-Channeling of an Intense Laser Pulse1998
Physical Review LettersElectron Acceleration by a Laser Wakefield in a Relativistically Self-Guided Channel,1997
Journal of Applied OpticsHigh-resolution optical chirped pulse gating1997
ScienceOptics with Relativistic Unbound Electrons1996
Physical Review LettersTemporal characterization of a self-modulated laser wakefield1996
Optics LettersNonlinear temporal diffraction and frequency shifts resulting from pulse shaping in chirped-pulse amplification systems1995

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Michigan, Ann ArborApplied PhysicsPhD - Doctorate1998
University of Michigan, Ann ArborApplied PhysicsM.S.1995
Harvey Mudd College (Claremont)PhysicsBS - Bachelor of Science1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Pittsburgh Paralegal Association Technology/IP Section MeetingAn Introduction to Intellectual Property Law2014
Pittsburgh Paralegal Association Fall Education ConferenceMonkey Selfies, Ellen DeGeneres, and Twitter Pics--Current Issues in Copyright Law2014
APS/AAPT Joint MeetingCharacterization of a Resonant Laser Wakefield Accelerator and Optical Electron Injector1999
Optical Society of America Annual MeetingPlasma Waveguide Dynamics and Coulomb Explosion at Relativistic Laser Intensities1998
8th Annual Workshop on Advanced Accelerator ConceptsTemporal and Spatial Characteristics of a Laser-Wakefield Accelerator1998
Quantum Electronics and Laser Science ConferenceA Collimated Beam of MeV Electrons Accelerated by a Terawatt Laser1996
Fourteenth International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and IndustryLaser-Induced Plasma Acceleration of Particles1996
Conference on Lasers and Electro-OpticsEfficient Narrow Bandwidth Conversion From a Chirped-Pulse-Amplification System1996
APS--Division of Plasma PhysicsElectron Acceleration by a Self-Modulated Laser Wakefield1996