Bob Vitale graduated from Bucknell University in 1982 with a degree in Civil Engineering and received his law degree from Duquesne University in 1985. He has worked with Ray Niro and the Niro firms for over thirty-one years and has devoted his career to intellectual property matters. He is excited about the new firm and grateful for the experience gained at the prior Niro firms.
Bob has managed and tried numerous patent and patent-related cases, representing clients as both plaintiffs and defendants throughout the United States. Notable cases he has tried include the Spencer v. Songer case in Illinois State Court involving issues of patent ownership and misappropriation of corporate opportunity, which resulted in a favorable jury verdict of over $2.3 million; and the IMS v. Haas case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a trifurcated patent infringement case that settled after a jury verdict of validity that was part of a substantial licensing campaign on behalf of IMS.
Bob has overseen the successful licensing of intellectual property, including a patent licensing/litigation campaign for CNC controls that resulted in licensing revenues of almost $50 million. He also successfully enforced check-by-phone patents against the credit card and banking industries, resulting in over $20 million in licensing revenue.
Bob's extensive trial experience has given him a unique perspective in patent prosecution and other intellectual property matters. He now has an extensive focus on U.S. and international patent prosecution and post-issuance proceedings, as well as U.S. and international trademark prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings. Bob also provides clearance opinions, infringement and validity opinions and intellectual property licensing. He believes that his new firm will have the flexibility to provide greater value to its clients without compromising the extremely high quality of representation which they have come to expect.
Bob is licensed to practice in Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as numerous Federal District Courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also served as an expert witness on patent damages and case evaluation before the U.S. Tax Court.