Rob practices in the area of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. An experienced trial attorney, Rob has a proven track record spanning dozens of intellectual property cases, including successes at all stages of litigation—at trial, on summary judgment motions and on appeal. Rob’s approach focuses on developing strategies to resolve the litigation quickly and efficiently, while at the same time formulating a strategic roadmap through trial. This approach has led to the successful representation of top-tier clients such as Sprint, Microsoft, The Coca-Cola Company and Cerner in patent infringement actions.
Rob has a technical background in engineering and particular knowledge in the fields of computer software and telecommunications. In addition to his litigation experience, Rob has considerable experience with patent prosecution and has drafted patent applications on technologies pertaining to telecommunications, oil and gas exploration and services, and computer software.
Sprint v. Time Warner Cable - Rob served as trial counsel for Sprint in a patent infringement action involving seven patents related to VoIP technology. Time Warner Cable was represented by teams from Latham & Watkins and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a verdict on behalf of Sprint, finding Time Warner Cable willfully infringed all asserted claims and awarding Sprint its full damages ask of $139.8 million. This is the largest-ever patent verdict in the State of Kansas.
RLIS v. Cerner Corp. – Rob served as trial counsel for Cerner in a patent infringement action in the Southern District of Texas wherein RLIS asserted two patents related to electronic medical records. After a two-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in Cerner’s favor on all issues, finding all asserted claims not infringed and invalid.
Sprint Commc'ns v. Vonage Holding – Rob represented Sprint in a patent infringement action asserting a portfolio of voice over packet patents, resulting in a jury verdict of $69.5 million.
Nash v. Microsoft – Rob represented Microsoft in patent infringement litigation concerning anti-piracy software. The court’s granting of summary judgment finding non-infringement in favor of Microsoft was later affirmed on appeal.
Cerner Corp. v. Visicu, Inc. – Rob represented Cerner in a declaratory judgment action involving patents relating to remote monitoring of intensive care units, resulting in a jury verdict finding both asserted patents invalid and not infringed.
Sprint v. Comcast – Rob served as trial counsel for Sprint in a patent infringement action in the District of Delaware wherein Sprint asserted two patents related to fiber optical SONET networks. After a one-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in Sprint’s favor on all issues. The case is currently on appeal.
Marshall Packaging v. The Coca-Cola Co. – Rob represented The Coca-Cola Company in a patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Texas.
Garmin v. TomTom – Rob represented Garmin in patent infringement actions concerning navigation systems employing global positioning systems.
Oracle v. Rimini Street – Rob was trial counsel for Rimini Street in a copyright action related to the third-party maintenance of enterprise software.
C2 Commc'ns v. Sprint – Rob represented Sprint in a patent infringement action concerning voice over internet communications.
Sprint v. NuVox Commc'ns – Rob represented Sprint in a patent infringement action involving VoIP technology.
Sprint v. Paetec – Rob represented Sprint in a patent infringement action involving VoIP technology.
Sprint v. Big River Commc'ns – Rob represented Sprint in a patent infringement action involving VoIP technology.
Med. Monitoring v. Cerner – Rob served as counsel for Cerner in a patent infringement case involving medical monitoring technology.
Accent Packaging v. Leggett & Platt – Rob served as counsel for Leggett in patent infringement case filed in Southern District of Texas.
Venetec Int'l, Inc. v. Nexus Med., LLC – Rob represented Nexus Medical in patent infringement litigation in Delaware involving catheter securement devices.
Recent Changes to the Patent Litigation Landscape and Predictions for the Future, Association of Corporate Counsel (Houston Chapter) the Woodlands Meeting, June 27, 2018 (with Fiona Bell).
Recent Changes to the Patent Litigation Landscape and Predictions for the Future, Association of Corporate Counsel (Houston Chapter) Galleria Meeting, June 12, 2018 (with Fiona Bell).
What Every Attorney Should Know About Intellectual Property … In About an Hour, Association of Corporate Counsel (Houston Chapter) Back to School CLE Symposium, August 16, 2016.
Robert Reckers, Elena McFarland, Melissa Marerro and Colman McCarthy, Exhausted!: The Supreme Court Weakens Patent Owners’ Rights to Enforce Post-Sale Restrictions on Patented Products, Shook IpQ, August 2017.