Robert F. Shaffer

Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Robert F. Shaffer

Robert F. Shaffer

Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

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Rob Shaffer is a first-chair trial attorney who litigates patent infringement cases in a wide spectrum of technologies, including pharmaceutical, medical device, biologics, cutting-edge consumer products, and gaming. He has secured favorable results for clients in a multitude of forums and at every level in the process, in district courts (judge and jury) and arbitration proceedings, at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and on appeal.

Rob regularly leads litigation teams on significant medical device patent infringement cases and Hatch-Waxman Paragraph IV disputes, representing leading innovative medical device and pharmaceutical companies across the country in dozens of major cases.

In addition to his litigation practice, Rob advises clients on a variety of patent matters, including licensing, patent procurement, and pre- and post-litigation strategies. He has written opinions of counsel and has successfully navigated clients through settling complex disputes in private mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings without litigation. He has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for patent litigation.

Rob frequently lectures on patent matters, including at the Medical Device Manufacturing Association (MDMA) Executive Forum and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) IP Counsels Committee Conference. He was recognized by George Mason University School of Law as a leading adjunct professor for directing the Patent Litigation and Dispute Resolution Seminar. He serves as a member of the firm's management committee, and served a three-year term as the hiring partner for the Washington, DC office.

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Robert F. Shaffer
Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Education
JD, magna cum laude
Class of 2000

George Mason University School of Law (Mason Law or GMUSL) is the law school of George Mason University, a state university in Virginia, United States. The law school is located in Arlington, thirteen miles east of the university's main campus in Fairfax. George Mason University School of Law was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly in March 1979 and was founded on July 1, 1979. The American Bar Association provisionally approved the school in the fall of 1980 and granted full approval in 1986.

MS in Physiology & Biophysics
Class of 1996
BA in History
Class of 1992

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

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Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members, including: supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is an IP law firm. The firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. The firm represents clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. The company was founded in 1965 and it is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Awards & Honors
2006
George Mason University School of Law - Leading Adjunct Professor
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