Eric M. Robbins

Partner | Chair, Intellectual Property & Technology


Practice Areas:

Serving as chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology group, Eric advises clients as to securement, ownership, licensing, avoidance of infringement, dispute resolution, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Well-versed and highly proficient in the electrical, mechanical and computer science arts, Eric regularly prepares and facilitates ongoing prosecution of patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, his patent litigation experience includes Federal Court and International Trade Commission cases. Eric is named to The Best Lawyers in America®, including the designation of 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati for Patent Law, and to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list as well as rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Notre Dame

    (B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1996)

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law

    (J.D., 2001)
    Order of the Coif

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Experience

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Counseled individual and corporate clients as to securement, ownership, licensing, avoidance of infringement, dispute resolution, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
  • Prepared and facilitated ongoing prosecution of patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the electrical, mechanical, and computer science arts. Also coordinated filing and prosecution of PCT and foreign national patent applications.
  • Prepared and facilitated ongoing prosecution of trademark applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Also coordinated filing of foreign national trademark applications.
  • Prepared oral and written patentability, freedom to practice, non-infringement, and validity opinions.
  • Conducted audits of usage and ownership of intellectual property by clients and third parties.
  • Drafted intellectual property agreements involving licensing, supply, consulting, confidentiality, and settlement.
  • Patent litigation experience in Federal Court and International Trade Commission including claim construction strategy, Markman proceedings, and many aspects of discovery including third party discovery and expert discovery.
  • Engineering work experience includes the development of industrial motor and process control systems.

 

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • Ask the Professional: What Businesses Need to Know about Data Breaches,” Cincy Magazine (Contributor, May, 2015)

Presentations

  • “Challenging patents in the U.S. (post AIA),” Lisbon, Portugal (April 2016)
  • “Unitary Patent System: Companies – Different Countries, Different Choices?” Lisbon, Portugal (April 2016)
  • International Patent Law Workshop, Cleveland, Ohio (Host, October 2014)
  • “The Invasive Nature of Civil Discovery in the United States,” International Patent Law Workshop, Cleveland, Ohio (Moderator, October 2014)
  • “Overview of Changes in U.S. Patent Laws Resulting from the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act – Practical Consequences for European Companies and Patent Attorneys,” Patent Law Workshop, Dusseldorf, Germany (April 2013)
  • “The America Invents Act,” Dusseldorf, Germany (October 2011)

Involvement

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property Practice 2008-2015)
  • St. Gertrude Stewardship Committee (Chair 2013-2015; Member 2012-2016)
  • Wyoming Firefighters Association (Secretary, 2001-2009; Volunteer Firefighter, 1992-2005)
  • Professionals Advancing Cincinnati Together (Board Member, 2002-2004)

FIRM INVOLVEMENT

  • Intellectual Property & Technology, Chair

Honors

HONORS

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Designated Best Lawyers Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati (2016)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2017)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2005; 2010; 2012-2014)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law (2011-2018)
  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels