Robert Fergan focuses his practice on client counseling, licensing, and patent prosecution both in the United States and internationally. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, optical, and computer science arts, as well as patents relating to business methods. Robert has experience with a broad range of industries and technologies, including semiconductors, electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging, metrology, instrumentation, and optics. He regularly assists clients in designing internal processes to identify and track their valuable IP assets so they can make informed decisions about how to protect them. Robert also counsels clients on licensing agreements, joint development contracts, and related matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Robert spent a decade working in the image processing and optical inspection industry in both product development and marketing. His background allows him to understand both the technical work done by inventors as well as the business realities of the boardroom. He works at the intersection of both of these client stakeholders, serving as a seamless extension of their team. A firm believer in thoroughly knowing his clients’ business, Robert’s counsel is always fully grounded in their unique objectives and visions of success.
Robert has served as editor and chief of LANDSLIDE® Magazine and still sits on the content advisory board of the Intellectual Property Section of the ABA. Named a Michigan SuperLawyers Rising Star (2014), Robert has also assumed several leadership positions within the State Bar and participated in the Leadership Detroit program. Always learning, he stays abreast of developments in the industries in which his clients operate and the technologies that they work with, looking for opportunities for them to leverage. Like technology, the law is always evolving, and Robert ensures his client are aware of all the options available as they develop strategies for patenting their valuable innovations.