Mr. Pollaro handles cases for clients in diverse fields, including telecommunications, computer hardware and software, consumer electronics, trademark and copyright. He frequently advises clients on domestic and international intellectual property strategy, and often leads efforts to identify IP assets that can be effectively used for offensive or defensive purposes. He also advises clients on intellectual property matters related to licensing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and appeals.
Robert received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the State of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Before graduating from law school, Robert was a structural engineer for Dames & Moore.
Mr. Pollaro has extensive experience litigating complex intellectual property matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. He recently represented a leading Canadian art publisher as lead counsel in a copyright and unfair business competition matter in the Southern District of New York. The case settled on favorable terms after the court denied a motion to dismiss but invited a motion for Judgment on the Pleadings. Mr. Pollaro recently represented image sensing and processing technology company in patent infringement matter. He also regularly advises clients regarding confidential patent acquisition, licensing and defensive matters in all areas of technology.
In the past, Mr. Pollaro has handled numerous other significant intellectual property matters including:
•Represented telecommunications client in a patent infringement action related to wireless communications hardware.
•Represented technology company at the ITC in action related to computer hardware and software.
•Represented Sony Electronics on appeal in a declaratory judgment action involving parental rating control (V-chip) technology. The case was successfully remanded to the district court and subsequently dismissed in Sony's favor.
•Defended Sony Electronics in a patent infringement action involving optical disc technology. The case was dismissed on summary judgment of non-infringement based on the recommendation of a special master.
•Represented respondent Bombardier Inc. in a proceeding before the International Trade Commission brought by complainants Yamaha Motor Co. and Sanshin Industries alleging infringement of 11 patents directed to various aspects of personal watercraft including jet propulsion systems, ignition switches, aerodynamics, and noise reduction. The team obtained dismissal of six of the patents before trial through successful motions for summary determination of non-infringement, invalidity or lack of jurisdiction (no domestic industry). Following trial, the matter was settled on the remaining five patents.
•Also represented defendants Bombardier Inc., Bombardier Corporation and Bombardier Motor Corporation in a district court action brought by plaintiffs Yamaha Motor Co. and Sanshin Industries Co. involving allegations of infringement of 33 patents related to propulsion systems, electronics, handling and exhaust systems. The case was settled as part of the settlement of the companion ITC proceeding.
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