Biography

Clients trust Rob to help them identify, protect, and leverage their intellectual property. Rob's engineering experience helps him gain a deep understanding of the client's technology and business objectives, as well as educate the client with respect to intellectual property law.

Rob counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property and information technology, with a particular focus on patent prosecution, intellectual property strategy, portfolio management, and intellectual property licensing.

With an educational background in aeronautical engineering and experience as a structural analysis engineer supporting both Pratt and Whitney and General Electric, Rob focuses his practice in:

  • Aviation
  • Aeronautical
  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Military/defense technologies

His complex prosecution docket also includes:

  • Medical devices
  • Software
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Augmented reality
  • Radar systems
  • Signal processing
  • Image recognition
  • Laser systems
  • Nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • Fluid filtration
  • Automotive
  • Design patents
  • Power generation
  • Green energy
  • Wind turbines
  • Communications
  • Microfluidics
  • Flow cytometry
  • Optics and imaging
  • Fiber optics
  • Semiconductors

Immediately prior to joining Verrill, Rob served as an intellectual property attorney in the Boston office of a global law firm. Currently, he serves as a member of Verrill’s Diversity Committee.

Rob lives with his wife, Britney, and his two children in Salisbury, Massachusetts, with a menagerie of cats, dogs, and furry foster friends. He devotes time to assisting animals in need and can often be found transporting shelter cats to Boston area veterinarians "on his morning commute." In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, birding, and spending time with his family.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law  (J.D., cum laude)
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law  (LL.M., cum laude)
  • Clarkson University  (B.S.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Firm Highlights

Blog

Massachusetts Now Requires Paid COVID-19 Leave for all Employees

Massachusetts now requires all employers, regardless of size, with Massachusetts employees to offer employees paid, job-protected leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons, including to get or recover from a COVID-19 vaccine. Massachusetts also has established...

Blog

Future of Non-Competes: Insights into Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

Blog

This Week's Show: New Tools to Coach, Counsel, and Cheer

On Saturday, July 17, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Christopher Lee, the Chief Human Resources Officer for William & Mary, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David...

Publication/Podcast

Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

On June 10, employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez spoke with Maine Association of Nonprofits for its blog post "Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?" As MANP continues to receive questions from...

Event

MAME's 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us as we sponsor MAME’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament! Proceeds go to the MAME Scholarship Fund to help support students interested in entering the manufacturing and trade industry in Maine. At...

News

Maine's Evolving Economy and the Future of Remote Work

On June 8, Maine Public published "The Future of Remote Work: The Outlook for Maine Employers and Workers As Offices Re-Open," covering its Maine’s Evolving Economy series that focuses on the shifts in Maine’s...

News

Advice from Former Portland Charter Commission

On June 23, Portland Phoenix published an article, "Those who have been there predict Portland Charter Commission faces steep learning curve," discussing the organizational meeting with Portland's newly elected Charter Commission. In the meeting...

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