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Robert R. Sachs

Robert R. Sachs

Fenwick & West LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


Robert Sachs concentrates his practice on strategic patent counseling and prosecution for software technologies. Bob has extensive experience in developing patent portfolios for companies of all sizes, from startups to multi-nationals.

He is the primary evaluator for standards essential patents on today's most important audio, video, and communications technologies, including 3GPP-LTE, IEEE 802.11, MPEG-4 AAC, DVB-MHP, OCAP, Digital Radio Mondiale, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, G.711, G.729, AGORA-C, and NFC-IP. He conducts and supervises patent evaluations in US, as well as Europe, Japan, China, South Korea, Mexico and Canada.

One of Bob’s areas of expertise is patentable subject matter: the question of what kinds of inventions are eligible for patent protection, and particularly whether software and life sciences related inventions are patentable. This issue has become the new battleground in the development of the patent law, with several important cases having been recently decided by the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. While most authors and scholars take a results-oriented approach to this question, Bob instead starts with the first principles of creativity and innovation that drive humans to solve functional problems. From that understanding, software and life sciences inventions are squarely in the domain of what the patent law is designed to protect. Follow Bob’s commentary on patent eligibility and related patent issues on Bilski Blog.

Robert R. Sachs is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters #AliceStorm—Patent Eligibility Forecast: Dark Skies Continue, Possible Clearing in the Future (January 13, 2017) - Patent Law Institute (11th Annual), Monday, May 01, 2017
Navigating Patentable Subject Matter in the Wake of Alice - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Thursday, September 14, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 11th Annual Patent Law Institute, Wednesday, May 03, 2017, San Francisco, CA
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