Robert Hulse's practice focuses on prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of
technical fields, including electronics, computer software, telecommunications,
audio/video media, electromechanical and medical devices, and financial products.
His practice also involves intellectual property counseling, including evaluating risks
from third-party patents and assisting in efforts to design around those patents.
Serving as an independent expert evaluator for a major patent pool, he has significant
experience determining the essentiality of patented technology to a number of
standards bodies’ specifications, including 802.11, WiMAX, H.264, and AGORA-C. Mr.
Hulse has also analyzed intellectual property issues for numerous due diligence and
In addition to providing legal services for his clients, Mr. Hulse is an Adjunct Professor
of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches
patent drafting and prosecution. He is also a member of the faculty at the Practicing
Law Institute and has lectured on topics related to patent law at the University of
Washington School of Law, Dalhousie University, and the National University of
In 2012, Mr. Hulse was recognized as one of the Top 25 Intellectual Property Portfolio
Managers in California by the Daily Journal. He is also listed as one of the World’s
Leading 1000 Patent Practitioners in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2012 and a "Life
Sciences Star" for his outstanding patent work in Euromoney's LMG Life Sciences
2012. This year, he was named to the Daily Journal’s annual Top 20 Under 40 list and
Law360's Top Attorneys Under 40 list.