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Robert Crawford has significant experience in most all areas of intellectual property (IP) including patent and trademark procurement and portfolio management, and litigation. Over his thirty-year career, he has prosecuted a multitude of patent applications primarily in the areas of electronics, telecommunications, software, mixed-signal processing, circuit fabrication, biomedical devices and a variety of cross-disciplinary technologies involving circuits, life sciences, optics, material sciences and/or nanotechnologies. As an example limited solely to the biomedical-device area, Bob has prepared and prosecuted over one hundred patent applications for more than a dozen portfolios which have yielded many tens of millions of dollars in acquisition/licensing fees.

Bob’s litigation experience includes a mix of bench and jury trials successfully representing both patent owners and accused infringers. He has successfully represented clients across a broad spectrum of legal areas including IP litigation in both federal and state courts, trade dress, trade secret, post-employment non-competition, multi-district patent matters, NPE’s and disputes concerning IP ownership. A list of representative cases is available upon request. Bob's experience in such litigation and IP procurement provides a balanced perspective for many client needs.

Bob founded our Firm in 1998 and serves as its Chief Manager. Prior to launching the Firm, he was an officer with a large Intellectual Property firm in the Twin Cities. With roots in the Chicago area, he was previously with patent-litigation firm Arnold, White & Durkee, and Motorola's Intellectual Property Law Department. He launched his legal career after several years of engineering experience with Motorola where he engineered and managed projects involving cellular communications, mixed-signal communications, and all aspects of computer (hardware and software) design. Bob is also an inventor on about twenty U.S. Letters Patents.

Academics:
  • B.S.E.E. - University of Illinois (Urbana)
  • M.S.E.E. - Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago)
  • J.D. - DePaul College of Law (Chicago)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law (where he taught Patent Litigation Strategy)