Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Robert M. Bauer

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  • George Washington University, 1991, J.D.
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1985, B.S.E.E.
  • Jamestown Community College, 1983, A.A.S.

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania, 2009
  • New York, 1992
  • Virginia, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Science & Technology Sections
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Mr. Bauer is a registered patent attorney with more than 20 years of experience in various intellectual property and technology-related matters. His practice is concentrated on patent litigation, licensing disputes, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office procedures, the use of patents to secure financing, and other information technology matters. Mr. Bauer is the chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Group and is a contributor to several professional organizations and publications.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Successfully challenged the denial of an inventor's Petition by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Federal Court under the Administrative Procedure Act
  • Managed compliance with open source software licensing issues for an in vehicle mapping and information display device.
  • Performed due diligence for a portfolio of patents and prepared an asset purchase agreement for the portfolio on the secondary market.
  • Successfully negotiated and resolved a resolution of joint ownership claims for a patent pending technology developed by a client together with one of its customers.

Awards & Honors

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America®, Woodward/White, Inc. (Information Technology Law), 2011-2014

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, October 2013
  • “Financial Services Related Business Method Patents”, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2011, Presenter
  • “The SciTech Lawyer”, Founding Editor
  • eTech Update, Author
  • Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 Revision, Advisor to the Drafting Committee
  • Standards Development Patent Policy Manual, American Bar Association, 2007, Contributor

Community & Professional Service

  • Technology Council of Northwest PA, Board Member

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Group, Chair
  • Technology Committee

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