Robert Schaffer

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Robert Schaffer is an intellectual property partner at Troutman Sanders. Bob applies more than 30 years of experience to IP counseling and litigation. His work includes patent procurement, strategic planning and transactional advice, due diligence investigations, district court patent cases, and Federal Circuit appeals. He regularly handles complex and high-profile domestic and international patent portfolios, intellectual property agreements and licensing, IP evaluations for collaborations, mergers, and acquisitions. In disputed court cases Bob’s work includes representing and counseling client in ANDA litigations, complex patent infringement cases and appeals, and multidistrict and international cases. In disputed Patent Office matters his work includes representing and counseling clients in interferences, reexaminations, reissues, post-grant proceedings, and in European Oppositions. For more information and to contact Bob please visit his profile page at the Troutman Sanders website.


Posts by Robert Schaffer


CAFC Vacates Board for Moving Target Rejections, Failure to Consider Reply Brief

The moving target rejections were largely due to the fact that the examiner's first clear explanation that she was relying on structural identity, and not inherency, appeared …

Federal Circuit: PTAB Improperly Relied on Unsupported Expert Opinion

Ericsson petitioned for inter partes review of the ’408 patent, and the PTAB upheld its validity. Without separately analyzing the challenged dependent claims, the PTAB held that claim 1 …

Federal Circuit confirms validity of patent for UCB’s Vimpat®

Appellants were generic drug manufacturers who filed Abbreviated New Drug Applications ("ANDAs"), seeking approval for generic versions of Vimpat®. As a result, the Federal Circuit affirmed the …

Patents Invalidated for Lack of Written Description

Disclosure of one way to attach or position a roof assembly (a species) did not provide an adequate written description of other ways to attach or position …

No blanket prohibition against the introduction of new evidence during an inter partes review

There is no blanket prohibition against the introduction of new evidence during an inter partes review proceeding, indeed new evidence should be expected. A petitioner can introduce …

Foreign Defendant Subject to Personal Jurisdiction for Purposely Directing Activities to the U.S.

The Federal Circuit held that it would be reasonable and fair to exercise specific personal jurisdiction over DAL because the United States has an important interest in …

Federal Circuit expands printed matter doctrine to include information and mental steps

In Praxair Distribution v. Mallinckrodt Hospital Products, Praxair petitioned for inter partes review of claims 1-19 of the ’112 patent, which the Board instituted. The Board held that …

In a Multi-District State, venue proper where defendant maintains a principal place of business

In patent infringement suits brought against a corporate defendant in a state with multiple judicial districts, venue is only proper in the single district where the defendant …

CAFC says plaintiff bears the burden of proving venue is proper in a patent infringement suit

After the case was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, ZTE filed a motion to transfer the case to the Northern District of Texas under 28 U.…

Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Patent Challenges Filed by Drug Consumer

AIDS Healthcare Found., Inc. v. Gilead Scis., Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the dismissal of patent challenges filed by drug consumers. The Court noted that a declaratory …

Petitioner Has Standing to Appeal PTAB Decision Where Litigation is Inevitable

Altaire filed two complaints against Paragon: (1) alleging a breach of the non-disclosure clause of the Agreement, and (2) seeking declaratory judgment that the ‘623 patent was invalid. Paragon, in …

Patent Venue Statute Does Not Apply to Foreign Corporations Sued for Infringement

The Federal Circuit denied HTC Corp.’s petition for a writ of mandamus seeking dismissal for improper venue... The patent venue statute does not apply to foreign …

Written Description Support for Claimed Range Requires More than Broad Disclosure

Appellant General Hospital Corp. (“GHC”) appealed the Board’s dismissal of an interference because the claims of its involved patent application lacked sufficient written description. The disclosure …

CAFC Affirms Rejection of Application for Incorrect Inventorship

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to reject VerHoef's pending application 13/328,201 for a dog harness under pre-AIA Section 102(…

Inequitable Conduct Renders ’993 Patent Unenforceable

In Energy Heating v. Heat On-The-Fly, the court did not abuse its discretion in finding clear and convincing evidence that the inventor knew that the prior uses …

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