Robert C. Atkinson

Registered Patent Attorney, Partner


Robert C. Atkinson is a registered patent attorney and partner of the firm. Mr. Atkinson earned a Juris Doctor degree in June 2006 from the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he concentrated his studies in Intellectual Property Law. As a former design engineer for Leica Microsystems and Reichert, Inc., Mr. Atkinson has extensive experience in the field of optics and optical systems, as well as additional background in bio-molecular sensors, chemistry, and product development and manufacturing processes.

Mr. Atkinson practices in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution in optics, chemistry, biotechnology, the mechanical and software arts. He also practices trademark law and all aspects of intellectual property litigation. He has experience in prosecution of patent applications from patentability search and opinions through patent issuance, infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions, and various aspects related to intellectual property litigation. Mr. Atkinson was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in October 2005 and in New York in February 2007.

Mr. Atkinson worked in industry at Leica Microsystems and Reichert, Inc., where he filled many roles in the process of product design and development of optically based analytical laboratory instrumentation. The product families included analog and digital refractometers, spectrophotometers, and surface plasmon resonance biosensors. At Leica, he and another co-worker designed, developed, produced, and distributed a new biosensor product line based on the principle of surface plasmon resonance. Mr. Atkinson shares four U.S. patents related to these devices, as well as several foreign patents.

Mr. Atkinson participated in the 3/2 program offered between the State University of New York College at Geneseo and the University at Buffalo. Upon completion of the five-year program, he received both a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Geneseo, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo. During his studies at the University at Buffalo, he had the opportunity to assist in product development and an infringement investigation, while an intern with Leica Microsystems.


  • Campagnolo, Christine; Ryan, Thomas; Atkinson, Robert; Batt, Carl (2001), Refractive Index-Based Detection of Biomolecular Interactions.  SPIE Proceedings – “Photonic Detection and Intervention Technologies for Safe Food”, Vol. 4206, Paper No. 34.
  • Campagnolo, C., Meyers, K. J., Ryan, T., Atkinson, R. C., Chen, Y-T., Scanlan, M. J., Ritter, G., Old, L. J. and Batt. C. A. (2004), Real-time label-free monitoring of tumor antigen and serum antibody interactions.  J. Biochem. Biophy. Meth. 61: 283-298.

Patents and Patent Applications:

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,172,746
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,462,809
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,717,663
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,734,956
  • U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2003/0112427
  • U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2003/0206290
  • U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2003/0206291
  • U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2004/0036881
  • DE 600 13 731 T2
  • DE 103 92 315 T5
  • EP 1096 247 B1
  • JP 2001-165854 A
  • GB 2 404 248


Court Admissions

  • Courts of the State of New York
  • Federal District Court Western District of New York

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., Chemical Engineering
  • State University of New York College at Geneseo, B.A., Chemistry

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Speaking Out

  • Guest Speaker - Intellectual Property & the University - A Balancing of Goals and Constraints
  • On Target with Penny Wolfgang - Intellectual Property Law and Changes From the America Invents Act (AIA)


  • Western New York Invention Convention