Robert Pollaro handles patent litigation in all areas of technology, including consumer electronics, computer hardware/software and telecommunications. 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.
• Sony Electronics v. Guardian Media Technologies, (Fed. Cir. 2006-1363 (2006)) 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.
• Intellectual Science and Technology v. Sony Electronics, (E.D. Mich. 06-10406) 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.
• In the Matter of Certain Personal Watercraft and Components thereof/Yamaha et al. v. Bombardier et al., (U.S.I.T.C. Inv. No. 337-TA-452 (2002)), 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.