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Robert Berliner

Bob Berliner was a founding member of the intellectual property firm of Robbins, Berliner & Carson L.L.P. for more than 25 years, becoming a partner of the international general law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. following the 1997 merger of the two firms. Having decades of practice in all aspects of intellectual property, and having developed a network of top ranked associate firms in more than twenty countries, he formed Berliner & Associates as a full service intellectual property firm specializing in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and litigation, both in the United States and worldwide. He has close familiarity with the special needs of University patent portfolios, and in assisting in the formation and operations of early stage companies. He has patent expertise in many fields, including organic and inorganic chemistry, polymers, petroleum chemistry, biotechnology, solid state electronics, physics, optics,  and biomedical and other devices.  


A member of the Intellectual Property Rights panel of the American Arbitration Association, he has served as arbitrator in significant trade secret, contract, and biotech and pharmaceutical patent disputes. 


Mr. Berliner is a member of the Executive Committee of the Senior Lawyers Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He is a founding Director and currently is on the Board of the Southern California Biomedical Council and is a member of the American Chemical Society.  He has lectured on intellectual property at the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught trademark and copyright law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Southwestern University School of Law.


In 2007, President Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award to Mr. Berliner.

In December, 2010, Mr. Berliner received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Colorado.

Named a top rated lawyer in the 2012 edition of "Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers" published as a supplement to "Corporate counsel," "The National Law Journal" and "American Lawyer."


Mr. Berliner is an author of technology, licensing, and other intellectual property topics. Some of his published works include:

"Biotech Patents Rely on the Balance of Two Doctrines," San Diego Commerce, May 1997.

"Biotechnology Patents at an Unexpected Crossroad," San Diego Business Journal, April 1996.

"Evaluating Intellectual Property for Strategic Alliances," Los Angeles Business Journal, April 1996.

"Finally, a European Trademark," Metropolitan News Enterprise, February 1996.

"International Patent Litigation," California Business Law Practitioner, Winter 2006.


Mr. Berliner has been a panelist and speaker at several Futurist Conferences dealing with patenting of biotechnology and biomedical developments. He also has participated as a:

Speaker on "Civil Discovery: Getting the Smoking Gun," at the 1997 Bridging the Gap program for new lawyers.

Panelist at the 1996 State Bar of California seminar on "Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Litigation."

Feature speaker on "International Intellectual Property Rights" at a 1996 United States Department of Commerce Symposium.

Panelist at the 1996 Inc. 500 Conference on "Accessing Patents and Working With Universities."

Co-chair and speaker on "Advanced Technology Licensing." at the June 2001 and again at the September 2002 Conference on Advanced Technology Licensing, for the American Conference Institute, in San Francisco, California.

Speaker on "Negotiating and Drafting Win-Win Technology Licensing Agreements" at the November 18-19, 2002 Annual Program on Intellectual property Law by the Center For American and International Law (formerly the Southwestern Legal Foundation).

Keynote speaker on "Technology Transfer Agreements" at the October 2003 meeting of the Los Angeles Licensing Executive Society.

Speaker on "Negotiating and Drafting Technology Transfer Agreements" at the Technology Transfer and Biotechnology Fall 2003 Video Conference Class of the University of Colorado.

Speaker at a seminar on "Advanced Intellectual Property Licensing and Exploitation" at the American Conference Institute in December 2003 in San Francisco, California.

Speaker on "International Property Rights Abroad" at the California State Bar Conference in October 2004 in Monterey, California.

Speaker on "IP Diligence" at the February, 2010 meeting of Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West.

Keynote speaker at the May 20, 2010 Inaugural Symposium of the Scott and White/TAMHSC Center for Cell Death and Differentiation on "Patent Perspectives"


Mr. Berliner received a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1956 from The City College of New York and a J.D. in 1960 from Michigan State University.


Mr. Berliner is an Emeritus Member of the State Bar of Michigan and  was admitted to practice law in California in 1966. Mr. Berliner is also licensed to practice before the Federal District Courts of Central and Southern California, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  He is a registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Mr. Berliner is a past Chairman of the Board and current member of the Board of Breathe California of Los Angeles County.