Robert R. Jackson

Retired Partner

  • JD, Yale Law School, 1969
  • BS (Civil Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966; Tau Beta Pi; Chi Epsilon


  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New York Law Institute

Robert R. Jackson

Retired Partner

Robert Jackson was a partner in Ropes & Gray's Intellectual Property Group until his retirment in 2010.  Bob’s practice included patent prosecution, opinions, counseling, licensing, due diligence investigations, and litigation in a wide range of technical areas such as electronics, medical instruments and devices, semiconductor processing equipment, optical recording media, optical inspection systems, vehicle control systems, and machine tools. Bob assisted clients ranging from large international corporations to small start-up companies. He worked continuously with several corporate clients almost since their inceptions, and some of his client relationships span more than 20 years.

For large or long-term projects, Bob assembled and actively managed teams of technically trained professionals, including other partners, associates, registered patent agents, and technical specialists. He stayed actively involved in each client’s work, personally doing as much of it as the situation calls for. Bob sets high standards for the prompt delivery of work of the highest quality. He knows from long experience that each client is different, and he tried to meet their individual needs and expectations.


Bob has worked in IP law for more than 35 years. He joined Ropes & Gray in 2005 when it merged with Fish & Neave, which he had been with for more than 30 years. Throughout his distinguished career, he has worked on several litigations (including jury trials) and other contested proceedings such as interferences and judicial appeals.  From this experience he has a practical knowledge of the real merits of issues that arise in many IP contexts.  For example, Bob is able to bring this experience to bear when advising clients on patent portfolio development.  Bob’s client counseling and opinion work (whether the client is for or against a patent) are also informed by and grounded in this experience.  The same is true for his work in due diligence investigations, litigation strategy, and licensing.

In recent years, Bob has led many studies of patents that clients either wanted to enforce against competitors, were concerned about having used against them, or were considering acquiring. These studies have been in a wide range of technical areas such as semiconductor processing equipment, several different types of prostheses for use in or adjacent to the heart, and integrated circuit devices.  In many of these situations, Bob has provided thorough written opinions to clients.  In other situations, he has responded to clients’ less formal needs by supplying carefully considered oral advice.

Also in recent years, Bob has helped several clients, especially in the medical device and medical instrument areas, develop patent portfolios from the inception of new technologies. In several highly competitive markets, for example in the electronics industry, Bob also helps clients continually add strong patents to their patent portfolios so that the clients’ IP strength against competitors is maintained or enhanced.

Before joining Fish & Neave, Bob was an Associate Member of Patent Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

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