Bob manages patent prosecution for multinational corporations, conducts portfolio analyses and provides opinions on patent issues. He troubleshoots problems that arise in the prosecution of patent cases. He advises on post-grant procedures before the USPTO and engages in policy work related to intellectual property. Bob also represents other attorneys and firms before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO.
Bob retired from the USPTO as commissioner for patents in 2011 after a distinguished 34-year government career, having started at the USPTO as an examiner. He was instrumental in the passage of landmark patent legislation, the America Invents Act, and is lauded for his efforts to reduce patent pendency and improve patent quality. As Commissioner, Bob managed 8,000 employees at the USPTO and was responsible for all of the functions relating to the grant of a patent in the Office.
As the agency head of the Office of Legislation and International Affairs at the USPTO, Bob developed and delivered education programs worldwide to foreign officials and to the public. He was influential in the development and analysis of legislation concerning all areas of intellectual property and was one of the country’s leaders in establishing the U.S. government’s positions on international issues related to intellectual property. He also helped develop and plan USPTO strategic goals, objectives and priorities and served as a liaison with patent and trademark bar groups and academic and scientific communities.