Bob Abrahamsen focuses his practice on procuring patent rights for clients, counseling clients on best practices for maximizing the value of such rights, and litigating patents in various tribunals. He has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting both domestic and foreign patent applications, primarily concerning innovations in the electronic, software, and mechanical arts.

Bob has also litigated or otherwise favorably resolved many patent disputes in the courts and has successfully handled a significant number of post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), including both Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings. He is also knowledgeable and experienced in the fields of trademarks, trade dress, unfair competition, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Bob has advised clients in a variety of industries including image sensors, medical devices, 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.

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

  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • The Arthur J. Gajarsa American Inn of Court - Master of the Bench
  • 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¬†

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Obtained favorable arbitration award on behalf of client against multinational conglomerate in breach of contract suit involving MRI technology

Representative Experience

  • Represented large medical practice management company in patent infringement suits brought against competitors and associated CBM proceedings
  • Obtained favorable settlement of patent infringement suit brought against client in collaboration software field
  • Obtained favorable settlement of patent infringement suit brought against client in the digital media valuation and advertising intelligence field
  • Obtained favorable settlement of patent infringement suit brought on behalf of digital mobile payments company against a competitor
  • Successfully defended large consumer electronics company in several high-profile patent litigation matters in district courts and the International Trade Commission
  • Successfully and economically defended against several patent infringement suits involving computer and electronics technologies brought by nonpracticing entities in E.D. Texas, D. Del., and elsewhere
  • Obtained eight-figure settlement of multipatent dispute between two major competitors in the growing field of computer-based technologies
  • Obtained summary judgment of invalidity of asserted claims of a patent covering a mobile X-ray imaging system based on prior offer for sale contained in patentee's government development contract
  • Obtained five-figure settlement payment for tenant facing eviction proceedings for nonpayment of less than $300 by aggressively pursuing several counterclaims

Representative Experience

  • Represented large consumer electronics company in procuring and defending some of its most valuable patent rights
  • Assisted startup company in developing IP strategy and portfolio to protect groundbreaking innovations in fitness monitoring equipment that ultimately formed the basis for successful large-scale product launch by Fortune 100 company
  • Represented large medical device company in IPR proceedings brought by competitor