Robert Plotkin

Robert Plotkin

Robert Plotkin  
Robert Plotkin, Esq. is a patent attorney specializing in patent protection for computer technology and the founder of the law firm of Robert Plotkin, P.C. He has obtained hundreds of patents on computer-related technology for clients in the U.S. and abroad, and frequently writes and speaks on the topic of software patents.

Plotkin is the author of The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law and Business,(Stanford University Press, 2009). He has taught the “Software and the Law” course at the Boston University School of Law for six years and has been on the faculty at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and the Practising Law Institute.


Posts by Robert Plotkin


A Post-Alice Playbook: Practical Strategies for Responding to Alice-Based Rejections

Although the Supreme Court in Alice declined to provide an express definition of “abstract idea,” the opinion is packed with evidence that the Court intended for the …
By Robert Plotkin
3 years ago 25

Software Patents are Only as Dead as Schrödinger’s Cat

The environment for patent applicants and examiners that has resulted from such inconsistent treatment of Alice by the USPTO is one in which neither examiners nor applicants …
By Robert Plotkin
3 years ago 27

Why Bilski Re-Affirms the Patent-Eligibility of Software

Even a very conservative reading of the opinions indicates that the Justices intended to leave the status of software as patent-eligible subject matter unchanged, and for further …
By Robert Plotkin
7 years ago 42

Why Wishes Should Be Patentable

Critics of software patents often argue that software should not be patentable because software is too “abstract” to be patented. The patent system was created to protect …
By Robert Plotkin
8 years ago 9