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E. Robert Yoches

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Bob Yoches has extensive experience in patent infringement litigation, especially in the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the International Trade Commission. He also has a great deal of experience representing clients from Asia, particularly, Taiwan, China, and Japan, often in complex cases involving electronic and computer technologies.

Mr. Yoches also counsels clients in intellectual property matters including portfolio management, licensing, trade secret protection and copyright protection of software. 

Mr. Yoches writes frequently on patent-related topics, and speaks before academic, business, and legal communities in the U.S. and Asia on intellectual property issues.


  • Representative cases in the telecommunications area include Moll v. Northern Telecom, 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 17607 (Fed. Cir. 1997) (for Northern Telecom); Nortel Networks, Ltd v. Ciena Corp. (settled in 2003 with a $25 million payment to client Nortel); UTStarcom, Inc., v. Starent Networks Corp., 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 8739 (Fed. Cir. 2007) (for Starent); UTStarcom, Inc. v. Starent Networks Corp. (for Starent, settled 2009).
  • Representative cases in the computer area include AccuScan, Inc. v. Xerox Corp., 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 11534 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (For Xerox); Insight Dev. Co. v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 15634 (Fed. Cir. 2002) (for Hewlett-Packard); In re Certain Digital Processors, Digital Processing Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same. Investigation No. 337-TA-529 (for BIAX, settled in 2005); BIAX Corp. v. Intel Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14250 (E.D. Tex. 2007) (for BIAX, settled in 2007).
  • Serves on the editorial boards of The Computer Law Reporter (since 1992) and the Internet Newsletter (since 1996).
  • Writes the chapter on litigation for Software Patents.
  • Member of the board of editors of Internet Law and Strategy.
  • Former adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2012.
  • Recognized as a leading patent litigator in the D.C. area by Intellectual Asset Management, 2011.

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