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Robert J. Scheffel

Founder and Partner

Dowd Scheffel PLLC

Before forming Dowd Scheffel PLLC, Robert was a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and a clerk for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa (ret.) at the Federal Circuit.  Robert is a skilled litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience in patent litigation.  He also focuses a large portion of his practice on providing strategic counseling to clients in all aspects of intellectual property.  His counseling practice comes with an eye to litigation and focuses on how to achieve the best results for a client at the most reasonable cost.  Having spent his career involved in complex litigation, Robert knows that option is expensive and often not ideal.  That said, when necessary, Robert has the skills and experience necessary to vigorously represent the client’s interests. Through his years of practice, Robert has both jury and bench trial experience and has participated in more than 10 trials over the past 15 years.

Robert’s practice includes all aspects of patent disputes from investigations and due diligence, through trial and appeal. He regularly assists clients in responding to subpoenas issued by district courts and the ITC. He also focuses on quasi-judicial proceedings before the Patent Office, in particular Inter Partes Reviews (“IPRs”).

Robert works with pharmaceutical companies, chemical companies, and consumer product companies to provide strategic advice and assist in implementing strategies that yield cost effective solutions.  He has represented numerous pharmaceutical companies in both litigation and strategic counseling.  He has similarly represented numerous agricultural chemical companies in litigation, counseling, labeling issues, and other areas where intellectual property and Federal Regulations (such as FIFRA) intersect.

Robert also assists smaller clients that are seeking to monetize a patent or portfolio of patents. He has extensive experience with the strategies of such efforts from both sides.

Robert also provides advisory guidance to smaller companies looking for strategic advice at the outset of business ventures. The intellectual property piece in these early business efforts raises complicated issues and difficult decisions that can have an impact on the success of the business going forward.  Accordingly, Robert provides pragmatic advice in this area to many clients in order to help them make best use of scarce resources.

In short, Robert is a full service intellectual property attorney with diverse experience in district courts throughout the country as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Representative jurisdictions include district courts in Delaware, Texas, California, Florida, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

Recent Articles by Robert J. Scheffel

The CRISPR Battle Through the Lens of International Patent Harmonization

On Tuesday, May 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear argument in a long-awaited appeal addressing the inventorship of the Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR technology. The case is the latest in a continuing legal battle between two groups of innovators, each asserting patent rights to key aspects of the groundbreaking technology.