Robert P. Simpson

Registered Patent Attorney, Partner

Biography

Robert P. Simpson, a registered patent attorney and founding partner of the firm, has been practicing intellectual property law since 1987. Mr. Simpson represents individual clients, small and large corporations, and universities, concentrating primarily in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law. His patent and trademark practice includes counseling, searching and opinions, and the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, foreign and domestic. He has handled a number of trademark oppositions and cancellation proceedings, patent interference proceedings, patent and trademark ex parte appeals, re-examination and reissue proceedings, and has served as co-counsel in patent and trademark litigation. Mr. Simpson has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technical art areas, including the mechanical, electrical, and electronic arts. He specializes in computer software and business method patent applications, and is a frequent speaker on the patentability of software related inventions. He has been privileged to represent some of the world's leading companies during his career, including General Electric, Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Lockheed Martin, KLA-Tencor, and Schaeffler Technologies.

Mr. Simpson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was elected to Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society. Upon graduation, Mr. Simpson worked as an electrical design engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Siemens-Allis, designing polyphase induction motors. He received a Juris Doctor Degree from The University at Buffalo School of Law, where he served as Note and Comment Editor of the Buffalo Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and was elected to The Order of Barristers for excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy. He is presently an adjunct professor of Patent Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and an adjunct professor of Law Office Technology at Daemen College. Mr. Simpson is a former adjunct professor of Intellectual Property Law at Hilbert College. He frequently gives guest lectures on patent law at Niagara University and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Mr. Simpson holds an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell. An AV® rating signifies that a lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence, and has been recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. He also holds Board Certification* in Intellectual Property Law from the Florida Bar. This certification identifies Mr. Simpson as a lawyer with special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in intellectual property law and distinguishes him as a specialist in this practice area. Mr. Simpson has been recognized many times by his peers for inclusion in Business First's Who's Who in Law, recognizing outstanding lawyers in Western New York. He has also been honored many times by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Mr. Simpson is admitted to practice in New York, Florida, Connecticut, and before The United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Mr. Simpson is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Florida State Bar, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member and former co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County. He is a Past President of the Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Simpson is a life member of the United States Chess Federation. Finally, Mr. Simpson is also a patented inventor and entrepreneur.

Court Admissions

  • Courts of the State of New York
  • Courts of the State of Florida
  • Courts of the State of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Admitted to Practice

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

Education

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S., Electrical Engineering

Professional Recognition

  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certification in Intellectual Property (Florida)
  • Business First's Who's Who in Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Order of Barristers

Professional Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Florida State Bar
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Former Co-Chair of Intellectual Property Law Committee, Bar Association of Erie County

Speaking Out

  • Adjunct Professor, University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Daemen College
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Hilbert College
  • Guest Lecturer, University at Buffalo
  • Guest Lecturer, University at Fredonia
  • Guest Lecturer, Niagara University
  • Guest Lecturer, Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Guest Lecturer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Center's Build a Better Business Workshop Series
  • Guest Lecturer, U.S. Small Business Association (SBA-U)

Associations

  • U.S. Chess Federation (Life Member)
  • American Philatelic Society (Life Members)