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Robert C. Sweeney


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Robert is a patent attorney whose work for clients includes both patent litigation and IP transactions. He is a litigator with experience handling cases before the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the federal district courts. He has been a key member of litigation teams in cases involving semiconductors, software, and other high technology innovations, and also has experience working in the life sciences industry. Robert drafts pleadings, motions, and other court filings, and conducts legal research and reviews patent claim sets and claim enforceability. He also assists with US and international patent due diligence in the context of monetization campaigns, which experience has strengthened his capabilities in handling transactions.

As an IP transactions attorney, Robert conducts due diligence on IP issues involved in a range of transactions for clients with significant portfolios. His work includes analysis of patent and trademark holdings, open source software licenses, and trade secret protections. Deals on which he was a key member of the IP team have been structured as mergers and acquisitions, investments, and various other transactions, representing both buyers and sellers.

While attending law school, Robert worked as an IP litigation paralegal at Mintz. In that role, he assisted attorneys and staff with ITC Section 337 investigations, district court cases, and inter partes reviews before the PTAB.

Prior to attending law school, Robert worked as a paralegal focused on IP issues in the Cambridge, Massachusetts office of a multinational pharmaceutical company, a Boston-based law firm, and a boutique intellectual property law firm.

As an undergraduate, Robert spent a summer working as a legal assistant in the Political Asylum Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services.



The Federal Circuit decision in Uniloc USA, Inc. et al. v. Apple, Inc., where a 2-1 panel ruled that the district court had abused its discretion by refusing to seal certain patent-licensing documents provided by plaintiffs, Uniloc USA, Inc. and Uniloc Luxembourg, S.A., demonstrates the Federal Circuit’s recognition of the importance of keeping certain patent licensing and other trade secret materials confidential.
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