Robert Fischer has more than 30 years of experience practicing in intellectual property matters. He has had major responsibility for the intellectual property aspects of large transactions, including joint venture formations, refinancings and sales of businesses, as well as evaluations of the intellectual property positions, from both asset and competitive viewpoints, of acquisitions contemplated by U.S. and non-U.S. entities.
Exemplary transactions on which Robert has worked include:
- sale of Fortune 500 corporation’s industrial products divisions to private equity firm;
- preparation of bid package for division of major industrial company;
- sale of assets of supplier of computer systems to major semiconductor company;
- formation of alternative energy joint venture between U.S. and foreign owners;
- investment by petrochemical company in biofuels company and follow-up transactions;
- sale to European company of the common stock shares of an alternative energy business held by U.S. and Asian corporations; and
- transactions involving a leading silicon valley entrepreneur’s computer and software company.
Robert has extensive experience in preparing and negotiating technology-related contracts, such as technology licenses, development agreements, supply agreements, manufacturing agreements, technology assignments and intellectual property employment agreements. He also has a substantial opinion and counseling practice, including evaluating a client’s ability to market products free from third party infringement claims and determine what types of intellectual property to rely upon to protect the product. He has provided numerous written patent opinions dealing with infringement, patent validity and patent enforceability. Further, he has substantial experience in electrical, software and mechanical patent prosecution, including supervision of associates and other partners in handling the patent preparation and prosecution work of clients in the securities trading and e-commerce fields.
Robert’s career has included numerous representations of clients in actions before the Federal District Courts, ITC, and in USPTO inter partes reviews and patent interferences. He has served as an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law teaching a patent law course. He was also counsel of record for the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Pfaff v. Wells Electronics, Inc.