Biography

Robert Tosti is experienced in all areas of IP law including patent and trademark counseling, opinions, and prosecution, IP portfolio strategy and development, licensing, litigation, and the assessment and enforcement of IP rights. He is a registered patent attorney with a background in electrical engineering and represents clients across a variety of technologies including software, business methods, electronics, computer-related technologies, semiconductors, and medical devices.

Rob has served as an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University Law School. Before beginning his law practice, Rob worked as an electrical engineer doing software development and hardware design at General Electric, Mitre, and IBM.

Representation

Successfully settled a lawsuit alleging patent infringement before discovery began and without significant litigation costs.

Creates and handles patent portfolios and successfully develops, protects, and maximizes intellectual property assets in the United States and abroad.

Renders opinions as to the coverage and validity of patent and other intellectual property rights.

Advises clients with respect to patent and other intellectual property rights in connection with financings, mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions.

Assesses patents to allow clients to avoid and design around third-party patents.

Helped clients obtain numerous patents and trademark registrations in the United States and in various foreign countries.

Actively participates in litigation and other disputes involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, trademark infringement and patent infringement.

Education

Suffolk University Law School– J.D., cum laude
University of Massachusetts at Amherst – M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts at Amherst – B.S., Electrical Engineering, cum laude

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Courts, District of Massachusetts and Eastern District of Texas
Publications
“Patent Applications Aided by Interim Examination Instructions,” Bloomberg IP Law Report, December 2009
"The Shifting Landscape of Declaratory Judgment Law," IP Law360, July 3, 2008
"High Court Patent Rule Changes Affect of Nanotech," Mass High Tech, April 20, 2007
"The Rules of the Game With Business Method Patents," Boston Business Journal, September 22-28, 2006
"Performing Intellectual Property Due Diligence on a Software Company," Mass High Tech, August 1, 2005
"Know the Source - Open Source Licenses Explained," Copyright World, June 2005
Served as editor for the Intellectual Property Observer quarterly newsletter at a major Boston law firm.
Speaking Engagements
Presenter, Intellectual Property Law, AeA (American Electronics Association) Meeting, Waltham, Massachusetts
Presenter, Intellectual Property Law, Wireless Industry Congress's Annual Conference, Ottawa
Participated in a student entrepreneurship conference hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and coached and judged college students in developing and presenting "elevator pitches" about their new ventures.
Professional Affiliations
American Intellectual Property Law Association
BostonPatent Law Association
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
Board of Directors, MassMEDIC