Rob Bertin has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright litigation throughout the United States, counseling clients on intellectual property (IP) matters and negotiating transactions involving IP. He has represented clients at the center of some of the largest patent portfolio sale and licensing events in the high-tech industry, including the Nortel and Kodak transactions. Rob leverages a technical background to represent large and small companies in a range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, media, financial services, and automotive.
Rob has tried cases in federal district court and before the International Trade Commission. He also has experience in adversarial proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office and appeals to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and US Supreme Court. He regularly advises clients on IP portfolios; various patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret issues and strategies; and IP-related aspects of M&A and licensing transactions. Rob’s IP practice has been recognized in Super Lawyers (2013–2018) and by the American Bar Foundation. He has been active in Bar Associations as a past chair of the patent, trademark, and copyright section of the Bar Association of DC and a past committee chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of IP Law.
Rob’s practice encompasses a wide array of technologies, including representing clients with IP issues in wireless telecommunications devices, systems, and services; landline telecommunications devices, systems, and services; computer technology, including software, hardware, Internet, microprocessors, memory, digital signal processors, encryption, data compression, MPEG, object oriented programming, circuit design, and semiconductor technology; electronic commerce, including electronic selling, buying, advertising, billing, auctioning, reservation, and other online businesses; medical devices, including biopsy needles, catheters, flow control devices, balloon technologies, and arterial stents; and various other technologies. He has also represented clients involved in diverse automotive technologies and is an active member of Morgan Lewis’s Electric Vehicles working group.
Prior to practicing law, Rob was an electrical engineer with IBM Corporation’s Federal Systems Division, where he designed circuits for logic, memory, and microprocessor chips and wrote technical studies regarding satellite systems and radiation-induced failure mechanisms in semiconductor devices. Rob has published papers and has been awarded two US patents for his work in these areas.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Rob was a partner in the litigation practice of another international law firm.
Amicus Curiae Briefs
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Past President and amicus curiae chair, Bar Association of the District of Columbia (Patent, Trademark and Copyright section)
Past Board Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Board Member, Northern Virginia Science Center
Past Chair Committee 508, American Bar Association (IP Law Section)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Super Lawyers, Washington, DC (2013–2018)