Spotlight on . . . Robert Morris
September 26, 2017
Robert Morris joined the firm’s White Plains office in August 2014. He grew up in Yonkers, New York, and today lives in New Rochelle, the city made famous by the Dick Van Dyke Show, created by New Rochelle native Carl Reiner. Robert and his wife Debbie have three kids: their daughter Samantha is attending Temple University and majoring in film and theater; their son Jesse is a senior in high school who wants to get into the field of robotics; and their daughter Miriam is a junior in high school who wants to join a CSI team and conduct forensic investigations. Debbie is president-elect of the high school PTA and is very active in community affairs.
Robert is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and focuses his practice on patent litigation, patent prosecution, and licensing. He is experienced in patent and trade secret litigation matters covering various technologies, such as semiconductor processing, semiconductor memory devices, computer systems, hard drives, and liquid crystal displays.
In addition to Robert’s extensive litigation experience, he has for over 20 years been managing complex U.S. and international patent portfolios, while providing overall counseling for the management of intellectual property assets. In this regard, he also provides counseling related to opinion work, intellectual property licensing, and product clearances.
What led you to pursue a career in law?
I was working in the defense industry when the Berlin Wall fell, which led to great downsizing; patent law was a way to transfer my technical background to a new profession.
What do you enjoy most about your practice?
Learning about new technology before the public – I saw the first iPhone nine months before it showed up in a store; more recently, I’ve seen new Amazon products like the Echo Show before they were available to the public.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut — I grew up when we went to the moon often! My parents let me stay up late to watch Neil Armstrong step on the moon for the very first time and that’s all I wanted to do for a long time.
What’s your hidden talent?
Photographer – I can’t believe I’ve taken some of the pictures I’ve taken.
What is a book that you think everyone should read?
The Stand by Steven King – an amazing non-horror book about life after nuclear apocalypse; remarkable statement about man, our ability to help each other, how bad things can get, and the good that can come out of it.
What is an app that you can’t live without?
Travel apps in general – I travel a lot for work and I love not having to print out boarding passes, lose them, and panic about making the plane.