Bob Kantner is an experienced trial lawyer who has focused his practice on intellectual property and commercial cases. Bob has gone to trial 35 times, serving as lead trial counsel in 27 of those trials; his clients have prevailed outright in 70 percent of those cases.
As plaintiff's counsel, Bob has obtained a jury verdict for $369 million in federal court in Sherman, Texas on claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and usurpation of corporate opportunity. As defense counsel, Bob has successfully defended large claims: (a) a patent infringement claim for $100 million in Marshall, Texas; and (b) fraud claims asserted by 43 plaintiffs totaling $51 million in a 3-month long trial in state court in Houston.
Seven of Bob's first chair trials have been patent cases and seven others have been trade secret cases. Bob has also tried two copyright cases involving software. Bob has experience in telecommunications, software, electronic payment, genetic test, oil and gas exploration, and petrochemical distillation technologies.
Bob has organized a working group at Jones Day focused on IP issues related to artificial intelligence and robotics.
Bob has represented clients from China, France, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan. In November 2014, Bob conducted a focus group exercise in Longview, Texas on the subject of trying patent cases for Asian companies and wrote a detailed report with specific recommendations.
Bob has handled cases in federal and state courts throughout Texas.
Zynga wins jury verdict of non-infringement in Personalized Media Communications suit
Wellbeing Genomics obtains injunctive relief in trade secrets case
Honors & Distinctions
The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2015)
Member of Board of Directors of Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth (2013-2014)
Member of the Mayor of Dallas's International Relations Committee (2010-2014)