Bob Steinberg is a partner in both the Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles offices of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Steinberg is a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department as well as former Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property (IP) Practice and current Chair of Latham’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Practice. The group’s strategic development and unique trial and PTAB capabilities were featured in an article in The Recorder, an ALM publication.
Mr. Steinberg is a founding member of the national PTAB Bar Association and was elected as the first president to the Association (www.PTABBar.org). He is also a registered patent attorney and has served in most of the firm's PTAB proceedings for clients such as AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd., Actifio, NVIDIA, and Qualtrics.
He has been instrumental in establishing Latham’s PTAB practice. The practice pioneered innovative approaches to the bourgeoning area of PTAB proceedings and has maintained an outstanding success rate in persuading the PTAB to institute our clients' petitions and a more than 96% success rate with final determinations. IAM Patent 1000 recognized Mr. Steinberg and noted that he “has had a full schedule of late, given his chairmanship of the post-grant practice; he is supremely on top of things, though, as his high inter partes review institution rate attests.” Mr. Steinberg was part of Latham’s team to successfully obtain a final written decision in the PTAB on behalf of Actifio against Delphix, with a sweeping victory, invalidating 109 of 111 challenged claims across five patents; Jaguar Land Rover to defeat Cruise Control Technologies (a shell company of patent troll Empire IP); and Qualtrics to invalidate four of OpinionLab, Inc. patents. Mr. Steinberg also worked with the team that obtained a denial of institution on behalf of AbbVie in Amgen’s IPR petitions filed against AbbVie’s patent covering the blockbuster biosimilar drug Humira.
Mr. Steinberg has continuously been recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA. Most recently he was named a 2017 IP Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, which recognized practitioners who have “shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable results along the way." He was also recognized as one of The Most Influential IP Attorneys in LA for 2017 by The Los Angeles Business Journal which highlighted his “thriving” patent litigation practice and “innovative approaches to the burgeoning area of PTAB proceedings.” He has been named among the Patent 1000 by Intellectual Asset Management (2018), the Who’s Who for Intellectual Property Law by Los Angeles Business Journal (2012), and the top IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal (2011). Mr. Steinberg was particularly cited for his representation of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust in a dispute with a defendant who claimed to possess long-lost negatives created by the famous nature photographer — which the Trust maintained were not authentic. He also assisted AMD to secure a US$1.25 billion worldwide settlement in a patent, contract, and antitrust dispute with Intel.
Mr. Steinberg also served on the 2014 Law360 Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Steinberg worked as the Chairman and CEO of xSides Corporation, a developer of desktop security software. He also spent 11 years at a California-based law firm where he was partner and member of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Steinberg is also active in public service; for example, he recently joined a group of Latham partners that competed in the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, to raise money for longtime pro bono client Ubuntu Pathways. The funds raised will be used to build a state-of-the-art primary school in the heart of Zwide Township, Port Elizabeth, one of the poorest townships in South Africa.