Bob Crouse

Bob Crouse

Patent Attorney

Bob has been responsible for the management and development of patent matters for a wide range of clients including the areas of hyper-dimensional computing for machine learning, RF semiconductor, power electronics, semiconductor fabrication, semiconductor memory, computer systems architecture, audio technologies, biomedical devices, and related software. He has helped numerous clients develop a robust patent portfolio; a number of the patents Bob has drafted and prosecuted have been successfully litigated/licensed to large multinational corporations.

Bob also has significant experience drafting invalidity and non-infringement opinions as a defense to willfulness, representing clients during due diligence, counseling clients in the acquisition of technology, negotiating patent license agreements, and conducting strategic prosecution as part of a licensing strategy.

Prior to his legal career, Bob worked for 12 years as a senior design engineer in the development of products in the areas of solid-state memory, error detection/correction, image compression/decompression, and medical imaging for Digital Equipment Corp. and Polaroid Medical Imaging Systems.

Non-prosecution-related experience includes:

  • Served as IP opinion counsel to an RF device manufacturer in support of a public stock offering.

  • Represented a Client in the due diligence investigation of the Client’s patent portfolio in support of a $70M investment made by a European holding company.

  • Represented a Client in a due diligence investigation regarding a $10M acquisition of a patent portfolio including 1900 patents related to audio/wearable/medical technologies.

  • Represented a Client in the out-licensing of intellectual property related to video/wearable technology for real-time video systems.

  • Represented a Client in a due diligence investigation for the acquisition of a patent portfolio related to social media systems.

  • Advised a Client as opinion counsel on issues related to invalidity and non-infringement in defense of an assertion of willful patent infringement of a group of 7 patents related to semiconductor wafer processing for use in mobile communications products.

Honors that Bob has received include the following:

  • Chambers USA: Recognized in Intellectual Property, 2014-2023 editions.

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2023.

  • IP Stars Patent Star, 2023


Juris Doctor

B.S., Electrical Engineering

Service & Recognition

Past Chair of the Intellectual Property section of the North Carolina Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property Section’s 2010 Pro Bono award for handling of appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Bar Admissions

North Carolina

United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Supreme Court