A co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property practice, Robert J. Gaybrick helps clients maximize the value of their IP portfolios. He counsels clients on IP issues involving electrical, computer, semiconductor, display, automotive, and mechanical technologies. An intellectual property strategist, Robert advises businesses on litigation, licensing, patent procurement, and portfolio development, and has participated in more than 150 patent licensing negotiations and transactions. Robert also offers IP opinions and litigates cases around the United States.
With undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering, Robert has experience with many of the world’s leading electronics companies on licensing negotiations and transactions. He develops and executes many portfolio license initiatives, including completing one licensing agreement for computer-related IP in a deal valued at more than $150 million.
In addition to litigating patent cases across the United States, Robert advises both complainants and respondents in Section 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission.
Before launching the firm’s patent practice in 1994, Robert headed the electrical patent group at a major Washington, DC, intellectual property firm. Prior to that, he worked as a foreign law consultant in a Tokyo law office. Robert worked as a technical adviser to Judge Phillip B. Baldwin of the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals before entering private practice. He was a computer engineer for Burroughs Corporation before entering the legal field.
Robert frequently lectures on IP property law to audiences in the United States and Asia.
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1978, J.D.
Michigan State University, 1972, B.S.E.E.
Michigan State University, 1972, C.S.
District of Columbia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Ranked, Intellectual Property Trailblazer, The National Law Journal (2017)
Member, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Member, International Bar Association
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Licensing Executives Society
Member, Catholic University Law Review, The Catholic University Columbus School of Law