Biography

Robert D. Wells is the founder and managing attorney of Rock IP, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm that helps clients build, manage, and monetize their IP portfolios.  At Rock IP, Mr. Wells takes a business-first approach, helping clients define and execute an IP strategy that supports their organization’s goals. He focuses his practice on helping companies strategically develop and monetize strong and valuable IP portfolios, while successfully navigating their IP challenges.

He has experience in matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and in cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and federal trial courts. His industry specialization includes robotics; additive manufacturing (3D printing); blockchain; intelligent waste management systems; cyber intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; wearables; embedded systems; optoelectronics; smartphones; and other computing technologies.    

Before founding Rock IP, Mr. Wells spent nearly 10 years as an attorney at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, a Washington, DC-based intellectual property law firm. While there, Mr. Wells specialized in patent litigation, patent prosecution, and client counseling involving various intellectual property issues within the electrical and computing industries.  

A Portuguese speaker, Mr. Wells served a four-year term as the chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) IP Practice in Latin America Committee from 2013 to 2017. In that capacity, he applied his extensive experience working with IP professionals, patent offices, and courts in countries throughout Latin America to strengthen ties and foster mutually beneficial relationships. Under his leadership, the committee encouraged cooperation and education between the U.S. and foreign IP associations, and served as a reliable source of information about the process of pursuing and enforcing IP protection in Latin American countries. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah and his JD from Georgetown Law.  He is admitted to practice law in California, the District of Colombia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.