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

News

Verrill Honors Robin Murphy with Annual Roger A. Putnam Community Service Award

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Matter

Swift Current Energy

Verrill represents the 100-megawatt Three Rivers Solar Project in Hancock County, Maine. Verrill assists the project with real estate and environmental permitting work, including negotiation of a protocol to allow the project to proceed...

Blog

IRS announces 2021 plan limits

The IRS has announced adjusted benefit plan limits for 2021. These adjustments reflect inflation, and are important for administrators of employee retirement and health plans. The limit on 401(k) and 403(b) plan elective deferrals...

Blog

401(k) Plan Sponsors – Time to Focus on Compliance with the SECURE Act’s Eligibility and Vesting Rules for Long-Term, Part-Time Employees

As noted in our January 7, 2020 Client Advisory , the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”) requires 401(k) plans to allow certain long-term, part-time employees to...

News

Honoring Judge Juan R. Torruella

In honor and memory of Judge Torruella, Boston Universtiy Law School published an article, Honoring Judge Juan R. Torruella. Attorney at Verrill and BU Law graduate, Anuj Khetarpal clerked for Judge Torruella and was...

Publication/Podcast

Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Now Three Circuits Say “No”

Well, that didn’t take long! Earlier this month I posted a short piece describing a two-to-two circuit split on the question of whether a foreign private arbitration panel is a “foreign or international tribunal&rdquo...

Event

NWCDN Workers' Compensation in a Post-COVID World

Join the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) and the WorkersCompensation.com Center for a live virtual seminar. This year, due to COVID concerns, the organization has partnered with WorkersCompensation.com to bring you two virtual...

Publication/Podcast

Zoom ADR: Best Practices for Virtually Every Virtual ADR Event

As the post-COVID-19 “new normal” comes into focus, it is unlikely that civil jury trials will happen in many jurisdictions until at least the spring of 2021. For family law matters, cases involving children...

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Longroad Energy

Verrill represents Longroad Energy (“Longroad”) on its renewable energy work in Maine. Longroad is a Boston, MA-headquartered renewable energy company that develops and operates wind and solar energy projects throughout North America. Verrill has...

Event

2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit, Part Three

We are happy to be sponsoring Maine Center for Entrepreneurs' 2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit. Join for its third of three parts to hear from an impressive panel of entrepreneurs on what it takes...