Rob Schaffer has written and prosecuted several hundred patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), including applications in optics, aerodynamics, semi-conductor manufacturing, encryption, turbines, financial products, surgical devices, and textile machines. He has also written scores of opinions on these technologies. He has experience in a wide range of litigation matters and has personally argued summary judgments and Markman hearings.
Mr. Schaffer earned a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and a JD cum laude from New York Law School. He has served as a lecturer for PLI’s Patent Bar Review Course, PLI’s Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution Course, PLI’s Advanced Prosecution seminar since 1991, and as a visiting lecturer at the College of Engineering, University of Illinois.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Schaffer worked for twelve years as a consultant engineer, primarily in mechanical equipment and hydraulic analysis.
He is a member of the Bar in Connecticut, New York, and Washington and a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Schaffer is admitted to practice in the Courts of New York State (1989), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1989) the Court of Appeals for the Federal District (1989), and before the PTO.