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.

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, 2010

Firm Highlights

Blog

Hand Sanitizer Relief for Distilled Spirits Extension

Publication/Podcast

PPP Math for the Self-Employed: And, Yes, There is Still Time

The Small Business Administration reports that as of May 23 it still had nearly $150 billion of untapped Paycheck Protection Program funds. The Program has been underutilized by self-employed business owners, in part due...

Publication/Podcast

Webinar Materials: Avoiding Risk & Litigation in the COVID-19 Work Environment

On May 28, Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's Paul Carelis presented "Avoiding Risk & Litigation in the COVID-19 Work Environment" and discussed unknowns and liabilities for businesses when returning to work begins. Our...

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Community Service

Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-14) Trustee (2008-16; 2019- present) Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, President (2019- ) Trustee (2016-present) Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009 - present) Project Green Schools, Advisory Trustee (2017-present...

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Political Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-2006) Portland City Council (2002-2008) Portland City Council Transportation Committee, Chair (2002-2005) Jetport Master Planning Committee, Chair (2005-2007) Greater Portland Transit District, Trustee (2002-2005) Narrow Gauge Rail Alignment Committee, Chair...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Blog

BABLO Issues Guidance on Reopening

News

PPP Loans May Trigger a Qui Tam Wave

On May 28, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly published an article, "PPP Loans Expected to Trigger Qui Tam Wave." In response to the 2020 financial crisis due to COVID-19, the Paycheck Protection Program was launched. Litigation...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

News

Bill is Passed for Eased Restrictions on PPP Loan

On June 3, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, easing the restrictions on how businesses spend their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, which may allow small business owners more room for qualifying...