Robert B. Breisblatt concentrates his work in patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters. Bob has significant federal jury trial and appellate experience and has tried numerous intellectual property cases for many corporate clients, including Apotex, General Electric, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Hard Rock Cafe and Roboserve, to name a few.
He litigates patent cases involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telephone systems, computer systems, surgical techniques and other patented technologies.He advises copier manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, computer software companies and many others on their intellectual property litigation needs.
Bob obtained two jury verdicts that were in excess of $5 million and regularly defends cases where plaintiffs are seeking verdicts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Over the last 15 years, Bob has argued a number of cases in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In at least four of those cases he has obtained reversals by the Federal Circuit of district court findings that patent claims were valid. In at least two of the cases, the decisions allowed his client to enter the market with generic pharmaceutical products prior to patent expiration or other exclusivities. In one recent Federal Circuit decision, he saved his client from paying in excess of $100 million in pre-judgment interest. In another recent case, the Federal Circuit affirmed a ruling Bob obtained in the trial court, holding that a patent was unenforceable.
Early in his career, Bob served as a lieutenant in the US Army and then worked for the Florida Attorney General, the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now the Department of Health and Human Services) and the US Attorney’s Office. As an Assistant US Attorney, Bob prosecuted complex bank fraud cases committed by the owners of various financial institutions. He has taught civil and criminal trial advocacy courses at the US Attorney’s Advocacy Institute and received a commendation from the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a special achievement award from the Attorney General of the United States. Bob lectures on changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and has been an adjunct professor for trial practice at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.