Robert Hulse

Partner, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 415.875.2444


Robert Hulse focuses his practice on building patent portfolios and prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of technical fields, including electronics, computer software, telecommunications, audio/video media, electromechanical and medical devices, and financial products.

His practice also involves intellectual property counseling, including evaluating risks from third-party patents and assisting in efforts to design around those patents. Serving as an independent expert evaluator for a major patent pool, he has significant experience determining the essentiality of patented technology to a number of standards bodies’ specifications, including 802.11, WiMAX, H.264, and MPEG. Bob has also analyzed intellectual property issues for numerous due diligence and litiga​tion matters.

In addition to providing legal services for his clients, Bob has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law 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.

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Published Articles:


  • “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,
    December 2010
  • "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