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Robert Hulse Named Top Intellectual Property Attorney for Second Straight Year

Mountain View, CA (April 30, 2013) – For the second year in-a-row, Robert Hulse, a patent prosecutor in Fenwick’s patent group, was recognized as one of the best intellectual property attorneys in California by the Daily Journal. Compiled based on editorial research, editors say the annual Top IP list includes attorneys who “have advanced the law and technological innovation in important and possibly long-last ways.” 

In the Daily Journal profile, Hulse  says that his work on Facebook’s patent portfolio means that he has written “some of the fundamental patents that have become the building blocks for social networking in general.” He cites his work for Chegg Inc., a platform that allows students to manage their course schedules, and Flipboard Inc., an app that functions like a digital magazine, continually updating and allowing integration with users' social networking feeds, as examples. Flipboard was recently named the “next hot social network to watch” by The Wall Street Journal.

Hulse is proud of the work his clients are doing and says that he likes to get to know his clients’ business when building a patent portfolio.

"In the real word, how does this tool work?," he said. "Is it something that somebody will actually use?"

Hulse says this approach to patent prosecution allows him write stronger, more useful patents.

"When you are writing useful patents or trying to put together a coherent patent strategy for a company, you need to know who is contributing what," he said. "This allows me to write valuable patents that will actually be infringed by others in the future, rather than mere technical documentation about social networking features."

Already this year, Hulse has been recognized by numerous prestigious legal publications, including as a national ‘Rising Star’ by Law360 and a 'Top 20 Lawyer Under 40' by Daily Journal. He was also named in IAM Patent 1000’s World’s Leading 1000 Patent Practitioners and Euromoney's Life Sciences Stars last year.