Recently named an “IP Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, attorney Robert Plotkin has been a leader in obtaining software patents for two decades, and consistently obtains software patents for clients even after the Alice Supreme Court decision stopped most companies from obtaining software patents. He uses his decades of legal and engineering experience to maximize the value of his clients’ patent portfolios – allowing them to realize the largest return on investment even in the post-Alice world. His clients have profitably sold and licensed the software patents he has obtained for them to major corporations worldwide.
Attorney Plotkin’s clients benefit from patents that have been crafted to have maximum value for sale (e.g., as part of an acquisition or merger), licensing, and defense against patent lawsuits by competitors. His small- and medium-sized corporate clients have found that with a relatively small investment in a defensive patent portfolio they can avoid paying millions of dollars in legal fees to fight off larger competitors.
Attorney Plotkin is an MIT-educated computer scientist and engineer with a technical background matched by few, if any, other attorneys. He has used his combination of technical knowledge and two decades of patent law expertise to develop a unique proprietary process for obtaining strong, broad, and defensible patents that maximizes the sale value of the patents and the clients that own them, increases the likelihood of success when the patents are enforced against competitors, and increases the strength of the patents against attacks by competitors. Attorney Plotkin is also an innovator himself—he is a named inventor and owner of over 25 patents and patent applications. He also uses his experience as an engineer and programmer to deliver faster and more responsive service to clients, including advance notice of deadlines and required actions, based on innovative processes he has designed.
In his two decades as a patent attorney specializing in software patents, Attorney Plotkin has obtained hundreds of patents for leading technology companies worldwide, including HP, Compuware, Tata Consultancy Services, and M*Modal. His first law firm, Robert Plotkin, P.C., was recognized as a “Go-To Law Firm for Leading Technology Companies” by American Lawyer Media as a result of a survey of leading high-tech companies in the U.S.
Because of his legal successes and unique qualifications, other patent lawyers consult Attorney Plotkin to learn about how to obtain software patents post-Alice, and leading educational institutions come to Attorney Plotkin to train current and future lawyers. He is the patent faculty member of the leading continuing legal education conference for intellectual property lawyers in Massachusetts—the MCLE Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference. He has taught numerous courses on patents to attorneys through the Practising Law Institute (PLI), designed and taught an advanced course on “Software and the Law” at the Boston University School of law for six years, and is a contributor to the leading patent law blog, IPWatchdog.