Practice Area Description
Robert C. Klinger is an attorney with the Intellectual Property, Technology and Internet Department of Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd. He has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, licensing, opinions and commercialization/monetization. Robert is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign patents, including reexaminations and reissues, CAFC and EPO hearings, managed large patent families, and prepared pre-IPO opinions.
U.S. Court of Appeals
U.S. Federal District Court
Eastern District of Texas
Northern District of Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Professional Associations & Memberships
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN; 1993 J.D.
Iowa State University, Ames, IA; 1985
B.S. Electrical Engineering
Intellectual Property, Technology and Internet
Intellectual Property, Technology and Internet Experience
CNF Technologies, Inc. v. Mobility Electronics, Inc. (D. Ariz.)
Bob Klinger, Larkin Hoffman attorney, defended Mobility Electronics in CNF Technologies, Inc. v. Mobility Electronics, Inc. (D. Ariz.) patent infringement lawsuit brought six days before Mobility Electronic’s IPO. The patents pertained to docking stations for portable computers. Prepared an opinion substantiating that the action was without merit, and successfully convinced the underwriters’ counsel such that the IPO went forward without amending the registration statement. The end result was that the client was able to raise $48M. Subsequently, negotiated the purchase of the patent-in-suit, prior to the plaintiff filing for bankruptcy and dismissing the lawsuit. Thereafter, prosecuted and obtained a broadened Reissue patent with improved claims, which became part of a patent portfolio that divested for $15M.
Mobility Electronics, Inc. v. Comarco, Inc. (Comarco Wireless Technologies, Inc.) and Targus Group International, Inc. (D. Ariz.)
Larkin Hoffman attorney Bob Klinger acted as counsel for plaintiff Mobility Electronics in Mobility Electronics, Inc. v. Comarco, Inc. (Comarco Wireless Technologies, Inc.) and Targus Group International, Inc. (D. Ariz.), a patent infringement case against market leader Comarco Wireless and partner Targus Group involving numerous patents directed to programmable power converters. Successfully negotiated a favorable license, Targus Group thereafter became a distribution partner of Mobility Electronics, and Radio Shack became a master retailer.
North American Container, Inc. v. Plastipak Packaging Inc. et al. (N.D. Tex.)
Larkin Hoffman attorney Bob Klinger represented defendant Reckitt Benckiser, Inc. in a highly-publicized and often-cited patent infringement case involving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Following a Markman hearing, the trial court granted summary judgment for Reckitt Benckiser, holding that the reissue claims at issue were invalid under the recapture doctrine. The trial court’s decision was substantially upheld by the Federal Circuit.