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E. Robert Yoches
+1 202 408 4039

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

12D, 167 DunHua North Road
Taipei 105

+ 886 2 2712 7001
Fax + 886 2 2712 7080

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    J.D., 1980
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
    B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with highest honors, 1974

E. Robert Yoches


Bob Yoches has extensive experience in patent infringement litigation, especially in the N.D. California, E.D. Texas, and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He also has a great deal of experience representing clients from Asia, particularly, Taiwan, China, and Japan, often in complex cases involving electronic and computer technologies.

Mr. Yoches also counsels clients in intellectual property matters including portfolio management, licensing, trade secret protection, and copyright protection of software.

Mr. Yoches frequently writes on patent-related topics and speaks before academic, business, and legal communities in the United States and Asia on intellectual property issues.


  • Representative cases in the telecommunications area include Moll v. Northern Telecom, 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 17607 (Fed. Cir. 1997) (for Northern Telecom); Nortel Networks, Ltd v. Ciena Corp. (settled in 2003 with a $25 million payment to client Nortel); UTStarcom, Inc. v. Starent Networks Corp., 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 8739 (Fed. Cir. 2007) (for Starent); UTStarcom, Inc. v. Starent Networks Corp. (for Starent, settled 2009); Certain Audiovisual Components, 337-TA-837 (ITC) (for Realtek).
  • Representative cases in the computer area include AccuScan, Inc. v. Xerox Corp., 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 11534 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (for Xerox); Insight Dev. Co. v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 15634 (Fed. Cir. 2002) (for Hewlett-Packard); In re Certain Digital Processors and Digital Processing Systems, 337-TA-529 (ITC) (for BIAX, settled in 2005); BIAX Corp. v. Intel Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14250 (E.D. Tex. 2007) (for BIAX, settled in 2007); Nuance v. ABBYY (N.D. Cal. 2013) (for ABBYY).
  • Serves on the editorial boards of The Computer Law Reporter (since 1992) and the Internet Newsletter (since 1996).
  • Writes the chapter on litigation for Software Patents.
  • Member of the board of editors of Internet Law and Strategy.
  • Former adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as an "IP Star" in Taiwan, 2013; and in Washington, D.C., 2013-2017.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005; and for intellectual property litigation and patent litigation, 2011-2017.
  • Recognized as a leading patent litigator in the D.C. area by Intellectual Asset Management, 2011, 2012.
  • Recognized as a Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property, Super Lawyers published by Thomson Reuters, 2007-2016.

Professional Activities

  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Bar (vice chair, Steering Committee, Computer Law Division, 1985-1986; chair, 1986-1987)
  • D.C. Computer Law Forum (Board of Directors, 1992-1993)
  • Licensing Executives Society (vice chair, Computer Industry Committee, 1993-1995; chair, Telecommunications Industry Committee, 1996-1998; chair, Information Technologies and Electronics Industries Section, 1998-2000; Board of Trustees, 2002-2004)
  • Advanced Computer Law Institute (chair, 1992-2002)

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