also known as Bob Atkins
I practice nationally and internationally in the areas of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, licensing and technology transactions, software and computer law, and litigation. My experience includes patent prosecution, patent portfolio development, licensing, negotiating technology agreements, joint ventures, and intellectual property client counseling, as well as trademark prosecution, trademark screening and clearance searches, monitoring and enforcement, oppositions, litigation, infringement analysis and opinions, and licensing.
I hold my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and my Masters in Electrical Engineering with particular technical expertise in electrical and semiconductor arts, digital and analog electronic circuit design, computer science, software, internet technology, aerospace, communication, electro-mechanical, control systems, manufacturing, business methods, automotive, and alternative energy. I am licensed to practice is Arizona, Texas, New York, and Washington State, as well as registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I have also been named in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the field of Patent Law and am recognized by my peers as a recipient of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious AV Preeminent® rating for very high general ethical standards and legal ability.
I was previously a partner with the national law firm of Quarles & Brady; Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at ON Semiconductor; and in-house Patent Counsel for Motorola. I prosecuted thousands of patent applications and was responsible for working with clients on patent and litigation matters, as well as national and international aspects of intellectual property and technology counseling. During this time, I was also responsible for patent prosecution training and providing intellectual property counseling related to technology agreements, strategic patent portfolio development, licensing, software, non-infringements opinions, and patent litigation.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2013||07/16/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent® Rating (4.9)||LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Attorney of the Month - August||Attorney at Law Magazine||2014|
|Best Law Firms - Patent Law - Tier 1||U.S. News & World Report||2014|
|Best Law Firms - Patent Law - Tier 1||U.S. News & World Report||2013|
|Founder and Managing Partner||Patent Law Group: Atkins and Associates, P.C.||2008 - Present|
|Partner||Quarles & Brady||2001 - 2008|
|Chief Intellectual Property Counsel||ON Semiconductor||1999 - 2001|
|Corporate Patent Attorney||Motorola||1988 - 1999|
|Electrical Design Engineer||Motorola||1984 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||Electrical Engineering||MS - Master of Science||1989|
|Oregon State University||Electrical Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1981|