Robert (Bob) Hulse focuses his practice on building strategic patent portfolios in a wide range of technical fields, including computer software and electronics, electromechanical and medical devices, digital healthcare, and electronic media. Bob’s extensive intellectual property diligence experience on both sides of M&A and financing transactions has reinforced his ability to build stronger patent portfolios that provide maximum value to his clients. His practice also involves intellectual property counseling, evaluating risks from third-party patents, and assisting in efforts to design around those patents.
Bob represents leading and established technology companies as well as startup companies that are on their path towards that goal.
In addition to providing legal services for his clients, Bob has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, teaching patent drafting and prosecution. He is also a member of the faculty at the Practicing Law Institute and has lectured on topics related to patent law at the University of Washington School of Law, Dalhousie University, and the National University of Singapore.
- Robert Hulse, Inside the Minds: Emerging Trends in Business Method Patents, Ch. 5, "Forming a Coherent Patent Strategy to Protect Your Business Method Innovations," 2012
- Robert Hulse, "Taking Advantage of the First Action Interview Pilot Program", San Francisco Daily Journal, September 9, 2010
- Robert Hulse, Puneet Sarna & Rajendra Panwar, "Section 102 and the MPEP", Prior Art & Obviousness 2009, Practising Law Institute, No. G-975, 2009
- Robert Hulse & Robert Sachs, "Making Sense of the Revived Machine-or-Transformation Test in In re Bilski", Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2, February 2009
- Robert Hulse, "In re Swanson: Ex Parte Reexamination in the Patent Office Provides Second Chance to Invalidate Patent", San Francisco Daily Journal, December 5, 2008
- Robert Hulse & Robert Sachs, "On Shaky Ground: The (Near) Future of Patents After Bilski," The Intellectual Property Strategist, Vol. 15, No. 3, December 2008
- Robert Hulse, "Building a Patent Portfolio in View of the New Patent Rules", The Intellectual Property Strategist, Vol. 14, No. 1, October 2007
- Robert Hulse, "New Patent Rules Looming: What Do They Mean for Your Portfolio?", San Francisco Daily Journal, July 11, 2007
- Rajiv Patel, Daniel Brownstone & Robert Hulse, "A Strategic Look at the Final Rejection", Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop, Practising Law Institute, No. G0-10A8, 2003-2005
- Rajiv Patel, Daniel Brownstone & Robert Hulse, "Understanding After Final and After Allowance Patent Practice Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution", Practising Law Institute, No. G0-01EV, 2003-2005
- Robert Hulse, "Correct Inventorship Prevents Patent Application Headaches", San Francisco Daily Journal, October 8, 2004
- Robert Hulse, "Federal Circuit Applies On-Sale Bar in Case Involving Software", San Francisco Daily Journal, September 15, 2003
- Robert Hulse, Note, "Patentability of Computer Software After State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, Inc.: Evisceration of the Subject Matter Requirement", 33 U.C. Davis. L. Rev. 491 (2000)
- “Promoting Progress in Social Media: Patentability and Copyrightability Issues”, 29th Annual (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, VA, April 4, 2014.
- "How Bilski Has Impacted Method Patents", Ivy Associates 2010 All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, CA,
- "Cutting Through IP Strategies for Medical Devices", Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 2009
- "Prior Art & Obviousness 2009: The PTO and CAFC Perspective on Patent Law Sections 102 & 103", Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, September 2009
- "Intellectual Property Primer", Technology Transfer Workshop, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, August 2009
- "Technology Assessment and Patent Protection", Technology Commercialization and Development Programme, National University of Singapore Extension, National University of Singapore, Singapore, August 2009
- "Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2008: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing", Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, August 2008
- "Preparing for the New Patent Rules", Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 10, 2007
- "Patent Law 2006: The Year Past and the Year Ahead, Fenwick & West, January 19, 2006
- "Patent Law 2004: Year in Review", Fenwick & West, January 13, 2005
- "What Any Entrepreneur Should Know About IP, Contracts, and Other Legal Issues", Harvey Mudd College Entrepreneurial Network Bi-Annual Entrepreneur's Conference, April 6, 2002