Robert Schaffer

Robert Schaffer

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


$48 Million Willful Infringement Award Vacated by Federal Circuit

Exmark Manufacturing was awarded $24 million in compensatory damages after a jury found that Briggs and Stratton infringed Exmark’s patent on a lawn mower with improved flow …

Split CAFC Panel Says ‘Will Assign’ Provision of Employment Agreement Insufficient for Standing

In 2011, Advanced Video filed suit against HTC for patent infringement in the Southern District of New York. The district court dismissed the suit for lack of standing, …

Claims not directed to abstract results when reciting specific steps that accomplish a desired result

According to the Federal Circuit, The claims simply do not simply recite an abstract result. Because the claims recite specific steps that accomplish a desired result, the …

Court Affirms Inherent Disclosure of Monsanto Soybean Claims

The Federal Circuit affirmed the rejection of several claims in a patent owned by Monsanto... Extrinsic evidence is permissible to interpret an allegedly anticipating references and to …

En Banc Federal Circuit Reverses Achates, Time-Bar Determination is Appealable

Inter Partes Review proceedings (IPRs) are subject to statutory timing provisions. The Court, sitting en banc, reviewed whether PTAB decisions determining whether an IPR was timely filed …

Petitioner Must Prove Unpatentability of Patentee’s Substitute Claims in an IPR

Due to the recent decision in Aqua Products v. Matal, 872 F.3d 1290 (Fed. Cir. 2017), the Court disagreed with the Board’s decision to deny Bosch’s motion …

Whether TSA Action is Attributable for Direct Infringement is Genuine Issue of Fact

The key issue in the present appeal, in light of Akamai V, is whether TSA’s performance of the final two steps of the patented method claims …

Combinations do Not Anticipate if Artisan Would Not Immediately Envision Claimed Combination

The Federal Circuit heard the case of Microsoft Corp. v. Biscotti, Inc. After Biscotti, Inc. (“Biscotti”) sued Microsoft Corp. (“Microsoft”) for patent infringement, Microsoft filed three unsuccessful …

Federal Circuit Year in Review: Noteworthy Cases from 2017

There were numerous decision made by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2017. Here are the most noteworthy decisions …

CAFC Says No Need for PTAB to Explicitly Construe Claim Terms

In HTC Corp. v. Cellular Communs. Equip., Appellants HTC Corporation and ZTE (USA) Inc. (“HTC”) appeal a final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“…

Prohibition of Immoral or Scandalous Trademarks Held Unconstitutional

In re Brunetti, the Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) decision affirming a refusal to register the mark “FUCT” because it comprised immoral …

Patent Marking Burden of Production on Alleged Infringer, Burden of Persuasion on Patentee

In Arctic Cat Inc. v. Bombardier Rec. Prods., after unsuccessfully defending a patent infringement lawsuit, Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc. (“BRP”) appealed the district court’s denial of …

Bed Bath and Beyond Wins Nearly $1 Million in Attorneys’ Fees for Defending Meritless Claims

In Inventor Holdings, LLC v. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed an award of attorneys’ fees in the lower court because “following the Alice decision, …

Federal Circuits invalidates patent covering starting a session on one communication-enabled device and transferring it to another

The Federal Circuit decision in the case of CRFD Research v. Matal resolves three appeals involving a single patent: CRFD’s ‘233 patent describing methods and systems that …

CAFC Denies Enhanced Damages and Lost Profits, Competitor Proves Intervening Rights

In determining indefiniteness of a claim based on a testing method referenced in the patent, courts will evaluate whether the method is well known in the art …