robphillips@reedsmith.com

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Rob is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Group. He represents leading corporations in patent, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, and copyright litigation matters in federal courts throughout the country. Rob also counsels clients on all aspects of intellectual property development and protection, including clearance, acquisition, licensing and enforcement.

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2014, 2015
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2018 (Gold Band)
    “Gold-tier litigator puts the firm’s trademark practice on the map. He is practical, personable and offers extremely helpful advice that enables your business to focus on its primary objectives.” One peer raves: “Phillips is a master strategist who is insanely dedicated to his clients and their causes. He can absorb a truckload of information and filter it down to the most salient points.”
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2017 (Bronze Band)
    “Super-bright and talented, he takes a very nice approach to litigation, being tough when he needs to be while being likeable and charming at the same time.”
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2015 (Recommended Expert)
    “One of the most honest, hardworking and detail-oriented professionals in any industry. He constantly inspires us to work even harder at what we do and it is an honour to work with him.”
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2014 (Recommended Expert)
    “Tried and tested disputes specialist is retained by some of the world’s best-known brand owners to resolve lengthy and demanding matters.”
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2013 (Recommended Expert)
    “An authority on contentious matters.”
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2012 (Recommended Expert)
    “Seasoned trademark attorney.”
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2011 (Gold Band)
    “A smart, successful trademark specialist, he has particular expertise in trade dress infringement cases.”
  • Legal 500, 2008
  • Bay Area Lawyer

Credentials

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, 1985, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1982, B.A., with high honors

  • California

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court - District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court - District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • California State Bar Association, Member
  • International Trademark Association, Member