Rob Unikel is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department with a diverse practice that includes litigating patent, trade secrets and trademark cases in a variety of industries, including digital media distribution, consumer products and brands, financial products and services, auto parts, and medical devices. Rob is ranked and recommended as an Intellectual Property practitioner in Chambers USA 2016, which notes that Rob “does a marvelous job in managing the issues in a case and is effective in depositions,” and that “he is thoughtful and well prepared and delivers his argument to the court with poise and skill.” One particularly impressed client reported to Chambers USA: “I feel like he’s memorized all of the patents involved, memorized the prosecution history and knows the case inside-out.”
Experience — Rob’s extensive experience includes trying patent and trade secret cases involving such varied products as a digital distribution platform for mobile “apps,” a digital media store, thin film transistors, LCD panels, vascular stents, compiling computer software, auto parts, office products, baby strollers, minicell vaccines, anti-aging cosmetics and casement window operators, and such diverse business methods as a method for tracking promotional mailings, a method for implementing consumer rewards programs, a method for configuring products through an electronic interface, and a method for automatically executing securities and derivatives trades. Additionally, Rob has unique experience in successfully defending against claims of false patent marking under 35 U.S.C. §292. He has managed disputes involving various well-known trademarks and has litigated numerous trade dress matters implicating product and packaging designs and non-traditional source indicators (including color and scent). Rob has handled appeals to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and to the United States Supreme Court. Further, he regularly counsels businesses and individuals on intellectual property development, protection, and licensing strategies.
Other Court Admissions — US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit