Bob Blair

Patent Attorney
San Diego, EIP US LLP

Bob is a former VP of Patents at a technology licensing company and has more than 10 years of experience managing significant patent portfolios in the mobile and gaming industries.

Bob joined EIP from Unwired Planet where as the sole U.S. patent attorney he pursued various patent prosecution strategies to develop a high value portfolio of more than 2,500 patent assets related to mobile communication technology, including numerous mobile communication Standard Essential Patent families. Bob managed ten inter partes post-grant proceedings at the USPTO and was involved in a $100 million license and patent asset sale to Lenovo.

Previously, Bob spent seven years as IP counsel for the industry's largest gaming technology company, responsible for a portfolio of more than 1,500 patents. He managed various patent and IP litigations and negotiated and drafted IP procurement and licensing contracts valued at more than $100 million. Bob also worked as IP counsel for a social media and gaming studio where he managed all IP and related legal matters.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bob worked as a civil engineer. He has a J.D from University of Denver College of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Nevada.

Education and qualifications

Bob is a U.S. Patent Attorney (Not Licensed in CO or CA).

  • 2000 — 2003
    J.D., University of Denver College of Law
  • 1989 — 1994
    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering , University of Nevada

Career history

  • 2016 — present
    Patent Agent, EIP
  • 2013 — 2016
    Vice President of Patents, Unwired Planet
  • 2012 — 2013
    Self-proprietor, Blair Legal
  • 2011 — 2012
    Intellectual Property Counsel, Okada West
  • 2004 — 2011
    Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, IGT (International Game Technology)
  • 2002 — 2003
    Student Law Clerk / Patent Agent, The Gates Corporation
  • 2002 — 2003
    Student Law Clerk / Patent Agent, Townsend and Townsend and Crew
  • 1999 — 2002
    Staff / Project Engineer / Project Manager / Business Development Leader, Harding ESE
  • 1997 — 1999
    Project Engineer / Project Manager, Jeff Codega Planning/ Design