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Robert B. Burlingame

Robert B. Burlingame

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Trademark Counseling, Prosecution & Litigation
  • Internet & Interactive Entertainment
  • Internet & Social Media
  • IP Audits & Strategic Planning
  • Aviation, Aerospace & Transportation
  • Communications
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Energy
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Restaurant, Food & Beverage
  • Technology
  • Travel, Leisure & Hospitality
  • Wine, Beer & Spirits Law

“I am not a patent attorney pretending to be a trademark attorney.  I am proud to have been part of Pillsbury’s Trademark Team for more than 15 years, mastering the intricacies of trademark law and helping clients worldwide.”

– Robert B. Burlingame

Robert (Bob) Burlingame helps companies of all sizes and industries protect their brands in the U.S. and abroad.

Bob handles all facets of trademarks, including clearance, proper use, registration, oppositions and cancellations, litigation, licensing, and transfers.

Bob regularly counsels and assists clients in regard to protecting their intellectual property rights, particularly trademarks and copyrights, in the U.S. and abroad. He handles IP oppositions, litigation, cease-and-desist letters, trademark searches, and Trademark Office filings on a daily basis. He also has substantial experience with domain names, other Internet issues, and complex transactions.

Representative Experience

Extensive and internationally recognized work in areas such as alcoholic beverages, hedge funds and investment managers, software and mobile apps, 3D printing, mass media, cybersecurity, aerospace and defense, real estate and retail services.

Professional Highlights

Frequent speaker and author on IP issues. Has given presentations for many organizations, including:

  • California State Bar
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)
  • Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • CLE International
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International Wine Law Association (AIDV)

Representative Honors & Awards

World Trademark Review 1000, Prosecution & Strategy (2017)

Middle-Market M&A Award, Consumer and Retail Products—Finalist, M&A Advisor (2008)


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1998
Articles Editor, The Hastings Law Journal; Externship with Hon. John E. Munter, San Francisco Superior Court, 1997

B.A., Communications, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
Cum laude




U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California


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