Robert Whitman


Personal Profile

Bob Whitman is a partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice group and has over 20 years experience as a patent trial lawyer. He has litigated patent cases in federal courts across the country and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). His cases have involved a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor design and fabrication, computer hardware and software, circuitry, electronic components, business methods, medical devices, video, audio and telecommunications.

Mr. Whitman has worked on some of the nation's highest-profile patent litigations. He was counsel for Toyota Motor Corp. in a much publicized litigation initiated by the alleged inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper. Toyota secured a dismissal of the litigation even though the plaintiff had previously obtained, on the same patents, multi-million dollar verdicts against Ford and Chrysler. His trial experience also includes representing Spansion against Samsung in an ITC action involving flash semiconductor memory, which was described as the largest ITC case ever brought. Mr. Whitman represented Conner Peripherals in a multi-jurisdiction patent litigation against IBM involving over 20 patents directed to computer hard drives, which one Court referred to as “the largest patent litigation in history.”

Mr. Whitman advises clients on licensing matters. He has negotiated and closed hotly contested licensing matters involving hundreds of asserted patents and hundreds of millions in licensing fees, often in conjunction with investigation of large patent portfolios to identify valuable assets.

Mr. Whitman also counsels clients with respect to portfolio management, portfolio mining, patent reissues, patent reexaminations, the strategic acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights, and the rendering of opinions regarding the validity, scope and enforceability of patents.

Mr. Whitman spent several years as in-house counsel at a Global 50 company, which has provided him with a unique ability to understand, and efficiently address, his clients’ needs.

Mr. Whitman is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Northern District of California, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.