Robert K. Schmidt

Of Counsel Cleveland

Summary

Robert drafts, prosecutes, and appeals patent applications in a variety of areas, including medical devices, aerospace and defense systems, sensors, electronics, wireless systems, and circuits for quantum computing, to secure broad protection for inventions. He has extensive experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and has contributed to successful appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to joining Taft, Robert was a partner with a well-known intellectual property law firm in Cleveland. He has also worked as an in-house patent agent and patent attorney for a Cleveland-based group of innovative technology small businesses.

During law school, Robert served as president of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association, was a managing editor of the Law Review, and worked as an Estates & Trusts class tutor. He was the recipient of the Vic Nolan Intellectual Property Law Scholarship and such awards as the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law and the Carl Glickman Award for Academic Excellence (given to the top J.D./M.B.A. student).

Robert has also worked with the USPTO’s Ohio Patent Pro Bono Program to counsel independent inventors on intellectual property matters and to secure several patents through the Program. He has been recognized by the Program with “Rookie of the Year” and “Hall of Fame” awards.

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Education

  • Cleveland State University College of Law (2014)

    J.D., summa cum laude
    Concentration in Business Law

  • Cleveland State University (2014)

    M.B.A., Monte Ahuja College of Business

  • University of Southern California (2001)

    M.S., Integrated Media Systems (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

  • University of Southern California (2000)

    B.S., cum laude
    Biomedical Electrical Engineering

Admissions

  • State - Ohio
  • State - California
  • Federal - United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association

    Member

  • Cleveland Medical Devices Inc.

    Board Member