1998: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University
- Minor in Portuguese
2007: Juris Doctor, George Mason School of Law
- summa cum laude
- Giles Sutherland Rich Award for excellence in the study of intellectual property law
- Finalist, Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot Court
- Editor, George Mason Law Review
Licenses and admissions:
2003: United States Patent & Trademark Office — Registered Patent Agent
2007: United States Patent & Trademark Office — Registered Patent Attorney
2007: Virginia State Bar
2008: District of Columbia bar
2016: Utah State bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Robert focuses on providing clients with effective and efficient representation across a broad range of intellectual property matters with particular emphasis on patent licensing, litigation, and prosecution. He regularly counsels his clients regarding strategic intellectual property planning, licensing and technology transactions, new product development, risk assessment, and infringement by competitors. Robert makes it a point to understand his clients’ business and competitive pressures, and his combination of industry and legal experience allows him to consistently provide balanced and useful advice.
• Counseling clients on a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including patent development and portfolio management, joint research agreements and intellectual property licensing, and mergers and acquisitions.
• Directing both offensive and defensive patent litigation.
• Researching and preparing opinions relating to freedom to practice, patentability, invalidity, infringement, and other legal questions.
• Drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a broad range of technologies both domestically and internationally.
• Conducting reexamination and inter partes review proceedings, both offensively and defensively.
• Extensive experience in a broad range of industries, including medical devices, consumer electronics, telecommunication, absorbent articles, power tools, injection molding, automotive polymers and robotics.
Robert began his legal career as a patent agent for Laubscher & Laubscher and returned to the firm after working in the intellectual property group at the large multinational general practice firms of Cooley LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP. After relocating to St. George, Utah, Robert joined Gurr & Brande to form Gurr Brande & Spendlove.
Before entering law school, Robert worked as an engineer and project manager in the medical device and automotive industries where he was a Six Sigma Green Belt and worked with ISO 9000 certification, kaizen and lean manufacturing. He also lived for nearly two years in Brazil and is proficient in Portuguese.
If you have intellectual property, the Attorneys at Gurr Brande & Spendlove can help.