Robert D. Gravois

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Law School

University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D. cum laude
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
Journal of Technology Law and Policy

undergraduate/graduate

University of Florida, B.S. Electrical Engineering cum laude

practice areas


industries



Biography


Robert represents and advises clients in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and related licensing and employment issues.

Robert’s experience in patent law spans virtually all stages of the life cycle of a patent. At the beginning of his legal career, his practice focused on drafting and prosecuting patent applications for some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies and universities. As his career progressed, the scope of his patent practice shifted and now focuses on enforcing issued patents, defending against claims of patent infringement, and drafting and prosecuting high-quality patent applications for technology that is especially important for his clients’ business needs.

Robert has extensive experience in post-grant patent proceedings, including representing patent owners and challengers in inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM), ex parte reexamination, reissue, and interference proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Robert also maintains PostGrantReport.com, a blog focusing on news and cases related to post-grant patent proceedings.

In addition to his patent law practice, Robert represents and counsels clients in trademark acquisition and litigation, copyright acquisition and litigation, trade secret litigation, intellectual property licensing, and employment law issues related to intellectual property.

While in college, Robert worked as a NASA contractor as a member of the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Team; Electronic, Electrical, and Electromechanical Parts Team; and Avionics and Imaging Team at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Robert has worked on several projects that have flown aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Robert is also a private pilot.

 

Representative Patent Matters

Crest Audio, Inc. v. QSC Audio Products, LLC (S.D. Miss.) Represented an amplifier manufacturer in district court litigation involving several patents related to usage of digital signal processing in audio amplifiers.

Dell Inc. v. Acceleron, LLC, 818 F.3d 1293 (Fed. Cir. 2016) Represented a patent owner in cross-appeal of an inter partes review (IPR) final decision for a patent related to blade servers. The Federal Circuit (1) affirmed the validity of all claims held to be valid in the IPR and (2) vacated the findings of invalidity on all appealed claims that were previously found to be invalid in the IPR. The case is widely cited for the proposition that patent owners are entitled due process in IPR proceedings under the Administrative Procedures Act.

Dell Inc. v. Acceleron, LLC, 884 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 2018) Represented a patent owner in the first appeal of an IPR remand decision. The Federal Circuit affirmed the finding of validity of a claim that had been previously held invalid in an IPR. The IPR remand decision on appeal was the first time that the PTAB had ruled a patent claim valid after previously ruling that the claim was invalid in an IPR.

Danco, Inc. v. Fluidmaster Inc. (E.D. Tex.) Represented a plumbing component manufacturer in district court litigation involving multiple patents related to dual-flush toilet technology.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Black Hills Media, LLC (PTAB) Represented a patent owner in several IPRs of several patents related to media streaming and location-based tracking.

Sorias v. EnergyBionics, LLC (S.D. Fla.) Defended against accusations of infringement of a patent related to wristwatches.


Admissions


  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Bar
  • Registered to practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Memberships


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Patent Trail and Appeal Board (PTAB) Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Atlanta IP Inn of Court