Robert Lord

Attorney / Shareholder

IP attorney Robert Lord
With over 15 years of patent prosecution experience under his belt, Robert Lord relies on a wealth of sound legal and business-savvy approaches to solving client’s IP issues. Robert’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, portfolio management, due diligence, client counseling, licensing, and ITC/Federal Court litigation in the fields of software engineering, business methods, and computer engineering.

From a technology standpoint, Robert has experience handling IP matters requiring technical competence ranging from front-end graphical user interfaces to massively parallel processing cycle-based systems for circuit design. He has specific expertise with compilers, debuggers, database architecture, artificial intelligence, medical devices, optics, graph theory, capacitive sensing, biometrics, haptics, aeronautics, geophysics, seismic simulation, geological process modeling, telecommunications, data analytics, point of sale solutions, financial trading analytics, among others. As a software developer prior to practicing law, he worked on programming projects for the IRS, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Baylor University, Southwestern Publishing/Dryden Press, and Apple Computer.

Mr. Lord develops and leads IP teams for optimal results, blending skill sets to obtain desired results at the lowest cost and on a timely basis. He is in charge of the firm’s prosecution practice and manages over 3,000 active IP matters (patent, trademark, and copyright) for numerous medium-to-large companies, while still being intimately involved in daily patent prosecution matters. Mr. Lord is frequently requested to lecture at seminars and hold presentations regarding various IP subjects of high interest to the IP community and hi-tech leaders. As a result, he is a member of the Texas Bar College, recognizing his commitment to continuing legal education.

IP attorney Robert Lord


3200 Southwest Fwy

Suite 3200

Houston, Texas 77027


Robert Lord

Patent Prosecution

Trademark Law

Copyright Law

IP Litigation

IP Counseling


  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law (1994)
  • B.A., Computer Science, Baylor University (1991)

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Representative Litigation

  • Dicon Fiberoptics v. Preciseley Technologies (NDCA 3:15-cv-01362)
  • Prosper Funding v. Prosper Capital, et al, (EDMO 4:15-cv-01408)
  • Certain Kinesiotherapy Devices and Components Thereof, ITC Inv. 337-TA-823
  • LELO Inc. v. ITC (Fed. Cir. 13-1582-LP)
  • Lelo, Inc. v. Standard Innovation Corporation, et al., (NDCA 13-01393)
  • Recognia, Inc. v. MDIO Software CC et al, (SDTX 4:13-cv-02195)
  • Markets-Alert Pty. Ltd. v. The Charles Schwab Corporation, et al, (D. Dela. 12-781)
  • Standard Innovation Corp. v. Leloi AB, et al, (SDTX 4:11-cv-1172)
  • Plandraft, Inc. v. Providian Manor Homes, L.P., et al, (SDTX 4:10-cv-03739)
  • Prompt Medical Systems, L.P. v. IMEDICA Corporation (SDTX 4:2009-cv-01286)
  • Wood, et al v. B L Building Co., et al, (SDTX 4:2003-cv-00713)
  • Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. v. Oakwood Custom Homebuilders LLC, et al, (SDTX4:2005-cv-03066)
  • T-Netix Inc v. WorldCom Inc., et al, (EDTX 2:2001-cv-00189)
Representative Post-Grant Review Proceedings

  • IPR2014-00148 and IPR2014-00907 (Petitioner)
  • IPR2015-01728 (Petitioner)
  • IPR2015-01728 (Petitioner)
  • IPR2015-01739, IPR2015-01740, IPR2015-01741, IPR2015-01742, and IPR2015-01743 (Patent Owner)
  • IPR2016-00463, IPR2016-00464, IPR2016-00465, and IPR2016-00563 (Patent Owner)
Professional Distinctions

  • 2015 Top 10 Allowance Rate for Art Groups 2100, 3600, and e-commerce art units (3620s, 3680s, and 3690s) by Juristat”
  • America’s Top Patent Prosecutors of 2011,” Patent Buddy (2011)
  • “Texas Rising Stars,” Texas Super Lawyers (2005)
Selected Publications

  • Co-author, “Patent Prosecution for Litigators,” PLI Fundamentals of Patent Litigation (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • “Navigating the Details Behind Patent Law,” North American Windpower(2010)
  • Co-author, “A Practical Approach to Protection of Graphical User Interfaces in the United States of America,” Intellectual Property Owner’s Association White Paper (2009)
  • “Attorney-Client Privilege Issues Involving Opinion Letters on Patent Infringement, Enforcement, and Validity,” Patent Times (2002)
Selected Presentations

  • Legal Masterminds: Big Data & Hi-tech Privacy Law Issues, Palo Alto, California (2015)
  • New Guidance from USPTO Regarding Subject Matter Eligibility under 35 USC 101, Houston, Texas (2015)
  • Design Patents in the United States: Preparation, Prosecution, and Enforcement, Houston, Texas (2015)
  • IP Roadshow: Patent Prosecution at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Sunnyvale, CA (2015)
  • Safeguarding Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) Today and Beyond (IPO Webinar, 2015)
  • Legal Masterminds: TRADE SECRETS: “The Other IP Protection”, Palo Alto, California (2015)
  • Advanced Training Lecture: Business Methods and CBM Review, Houston, Texas (2015)
  • “Patent Prosecution for Litigators,” New York City, New York (2013-2015)
  • Legal Masterminds Series—“Social Media Law,” Santa Clara, California (2013)
  • “Section 337 Proceedings at the U.S. International Trade Commission,“ Hangzhou, China (2012)
  • “The Litigation Process in the U.S.—How did I get here? Can I get out? Is there a way to avoid it altogether?,” Nanjing, Beijing, Ningbo, and Suzhou, China (2012)
  • Legal Masterminds Series—“International Implications of Intellectual Property,” San Jose, California (2012)
  • “Practical Intellectual Property Guidance for HTC Advisors,” Houston, Texas (2011)
  • “Practical Applications of Intellectual Property in the Wind Industry,” Anaheim, California (2011)
  • “No Mirage: How to Attain an Emerging or High Tech Patent in Less Than One Year,” Silicon Valley, California (2011)
  • “Fast Tracking Patents for Emission and Renewable Technologies,” Phoenix, Arizona (2011)
Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Intellectual Property Owner’s Association, Software and Business Methods Committee for the 2006-2016 terms
  • State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property and Law Practice Management sections
Civic Activities

  • City Councilmember for Bunker Hill Village, Texas
  • Drainage Committee Member for Bunker Hill Village, Texas
  • Former School Board Member for St. Joseph of Cupertino School, Cupertino, CA