Robert Beyers, Ph.D., builds worldwide patent portfolios that protect our clients’ core technologies. He has prosecuted hundreds of patents covering user interfaces in electronic products, including user interfaces for touch screen displays. Some of these patents were found valid and infringed in litigations in the United States and abroad. More generally, he counsels clients on their intellectual property needs in the semiconductor, computer, Internet, telecommunications, and financial services industries, from startups to industry leaders.
His practice integrates patent strategy with a client’s overall business strategy via patent portfolio analysis, patent prosecution, licensing, infringement, and invalidity analyses, and due diligence investigations in connection with business transactions.
He co-authored papers on claims construction and obviousness that were presented at numerous conferences and seminars. He also co-authored more than 40 technical papers, including invited review articles for Solid State Physics and the Annual Review of Materials Science.
Before becoming a patent attorney, he was a materials scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Center, where his projects ranged from basic research on high-temperature superconductors and carbon nanotubes to applied research on integrated circuit and disk drive materials. He managed a materials characterization group, developed microscopy techniques that enable rapid analyses of thin-film devices at close to the atomic level, and built the electron and ion microscopy labs required to exploit these techniques.
He is a co-inventor on four patents, including the basic patent on single-wall carbon nanotubes (U.S. Patent 5,424,054).
Santa Clara University, 2001, M.B.A.
Santa Clara University School of Law, 2000, J.D.
Stanford University, 1989, Ph.D.
Stanford University, 1980, B.S.
Stanford University, 1982, M.S.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Dean’s Fellow (full-tuition, merit scholarship from the SCU School of Law)
1996 IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for the development of fast, high-resolution analysis techniques
1989 IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for research on high-temperature superconducting oxides
1987 Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal of the Metallurgical Society of AIME for research on integrated circuit materials
1984 Ross N. Tucker Scholarship for outstanding research in electronic materials
1982 O. Cutler Shephard Award as the outstanding graduate receiving the M.S. degree in Materials Science at Stanford
1980 Frederick E. Terman Scholar - top 5% of graduating engineers at Stanford
Tau Beta Pi
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association