Robert M. Abrahamsen

Bob Abrahamsen has been assisting clients navigate all aspects of intellectual property law for more than two decades. He currently focuses his practice on helping clients procure meaningful patent protection for their inventions, primarily in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science.

Earlier in his career, Bob spent many years litigating complex, high-stakes patent disputes in various tribunals. That experience provided him with unique insight into the significant challenges issued patents can face in the courts and a solid understanding of the profound impact actions taken during the patent procurement process can have on the extent and value of the rights a patent confers. Bob also maintained a modest patent prosecution docket throughout his time as a litigator. 

Drawing on that multi-faceted experience, Bob and the team of experienced patent attorneys at Pierce Atwood work closely with firm clients to make sure their patent strategies align with and fully support their business objectives. Several well-established companies, as well as many early and mid-stage ventures, rely upon Bob to help them obtain valuable patent rights and manage their patent portfolios throughout the world.

Over the years, Bob has been become intimately familiar with a large number of industries and technologies, including remote application and desktop delivery systems, file sharing systems, data storage systems, cloud computing, speech processing, machine learning, image sensors, medical devices, telecommunications devices and systems, integrated circuits, electronic payment systems and networks, pre-paid and stored value card processing, point-of-sale systems, X-ray imaging, e-commerce, internet conferencing, remote control systems, wire and cable design, juvenile products, and fitness monitoring equipment, to name a few.

Before joining Pierce Atwood, Bob was a partner at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., a large intellectual property boutique in Boston.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Included in Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property (2015-2016)
  • Named a "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property by Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2007)
Professional Activities
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Edward Thaxter Gignoux Inn of Court
  • UCLA Alumni Association
Publications
  • "Supreme Court's Imminent SCA Hygiene Decision Could Increase Patent Value for NPEs," IPFrontline, December 17, 2016
  • Co-author, "More Than Just Marking: A Little-Known Subsection of 287," IP Law360, December 4, 2015
  • "Courts are Drawing the Line on Business Method Patents," Forbes, October 30, 2015
  • "Tackling Unreasonably Broad Claim Constructions: A Little-Known Tool to Help Accused Infringers Keep Patent Holders Honest," IPLaw360, October 9, 2013
  • "Patent Reexaminations in the Spotlight," Managing Intellectual Property, December 1, 2008
  • "Is it 'Obvious': Long-Awaited Obviousness Decision Leaves Patent Lawyers Scratching Heads," New England In-House, May 31, 2007
  • "Ticking Time Bomb: Specifying 'Deliverables" in Government Funding Proposals Can Torpedo Patent Rights," New England In-House, July 26, 2006
Civic Activities
  • VEX Robotics coach, Cape Elizabeth Middle School
  • Founder and Officer of the Festival of Curiosity, a non-profit STEM educational organization