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Rob Rodrigues


Licks Attorneys

Rob Rodrigues is a partner at Licks Attorneys. He manages high-stakes business and intellectual property disputes in Brazil. He assists his clients in complex matters ranging from managing patent prosecution portfolios to enforcement and monetization. Rob is an experienced attorney and acted as lead counsel in several preliminary injunction proceedings and patent trials. In addition, Rob aids clients with transactions involving businesses in their portfolio. Mr. Rodrigues’ litigation-oriented mindset adds value when managing cross border risks.

Rob is regularly recognized by leading publications, including The Legal 500 and IP Stars, with client sources describing him as “greatly skilled at advising on the most complex and high-profile M&A transactions,” and noting that he “combines strong technical skills and a flair for complexity with commercial awareness, pragmatism and sound judgment.” Rob earned an LLM from Stanford Law School, where he was Lead Editor of the Stanford Technology Law Review. He joined Licks Attorneys again in 2019 after working at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in New York City. He has also published articles in technology law journals around the world and is currently an editor of the Kluwer Patent Blog.

Recent Articles by Rob Rodrigues

Boom in Brazil’s Medical Device Market Creates Patent Infringement Issue

Did you know that Brazil’s medical device market is experiencing a surge, attracting billions in imports annually? This boom, however, is attracting not only legitimate businesses but also those looking to exploit loopholes. On average, more than US$6.7 billion worth of products are imported annually, with around 14,000 new products being introduced every year. One example is the increase in sales of equipment for endoscopic surgeries, given the rise in the number of bariatric surgeries, which already exceeds 70,000 procedures per year.

Brazilian Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Allow AI as Inventor

On February 20, 2024, a Brazilian congress member, Antônio Luiz Rodrigues Mano Júnior (known as Júnior Mano), introduced a bill to amend the national IP Statute (Law #9,279/96) and regulate the ownership of inventions generated by artificial intelligence systems. Bill #303/2024 proposes the addition of a paragraph to Article 6 of the IP Statute, which regulates ownership of inventions, with the following wording: “in the case of inventions autonomously generated by artificial intelligence system, the patent can be requested in the name of the artificial intelligence system that has created the invention, being the artificial intelligence system considered the inventor and owner of rights arising from the invention.”

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