Robert Appleby is a partner in the intellectual property litigation group. Robert's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including litigation involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets and related contract, unfair competition, and antitrust claims in state and federal courts. Robert primarily represents clients in matters involving the electrical arts, such as internet data networking, wireless telephony, audio and video compression, optical amplifiers, electroluminescent phosphors, internet browsers and software, and has considerable experience in jury trials concerning these technologies. In addition, Robert has experience in design patent matters, including representing a client in a jury trial in defense of a design patent infringement claim. Robert also focuses a significant portion of his practice on appellate litigation involving intellectual property issues.



Recognized for Patent Litigation: Full Coverage in The Legal 500 United States, 2020–2022

Recommended in Litigation in IAM Patent 1000, 2014–2018


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York1996
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York1996
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin2009
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit1995


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.magna cum laude1994
  • University of RochesterM.S., Electrical Engineering1991
  • Rochester Institute of TechnologyB.S., Computer Engineeringwith High Honors1988