Practice Group Co-Leader
Robert is the Head of Litigation for Troutman Sanders' Virginia offices, co-Leader of the firm’s Electronic Discovery and Data Management Practice Team, and a member of the firm's Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation and Antitrust practice groups. He is an accomplished trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel in both complex commercial disputes and intellectual property matters in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate level. Robert has substantial experience litigating and counseling clients in matters involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement; false advertising; trade secret violations; unfair competition; anti-cybersquatting; civil conspiracy; antitrust; fraud and other commercial business disputes. Robert has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and named as one of the nation’s Leading Lawyers by Chambers USA.
Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Robert clerked for the Honorable James C. Cacheris, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Robert is an experienced member of the bar of the Eastern District of Virginia, regularly represents litigants in that forum, and has published articles and made presentations about litigating in Virginia’s “Rocket Docket.”
Robert provides ongoing analysis and commentary on developments in intellectual property law, with a focus on Virginia, through his Virginia Intellectual Property Law blog at http://www.virginiaiplaw.com/.
Honors and Distinctions
Nominated “Virginia Litigator of the Year” for 2011 by Benchmark Litigation.
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Intellectual Property Law (2010-2013).
Ranked 1 - Intellectual Property: Southern Virginia in Chambers USA (2009-2012); Recognized as "Leaders in their field" for Intellectual Property: Southern Virginia by Chambers USA (2009-2012).
Recognized in Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition for Intellectual Property Litigation and in Virginia Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property Litigation (2009-2012).
Named as Virginia Business magazine's “Legal Elite” for Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property (2005-2012).
Faculty Member, Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2010-2013).
Complex Litigation Cases
Lead counsel for member of closely-held LLC in litigation seeking declaration of ownership rights, invalidation of oppressive acts by Manager, and disassociation of manager/member. (Cir. Ct. County of Arlington, Virginia 2012-13)
Serve as legal counsel for the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and advise counsel on transactions relating to assets funded by grants from the Commission
Lead counsel for wireline local exchange carrier in dispute with interexchange carrier in dispute over applicable charges under F.C.C. Tariff. Sprint Communications Co., L.P. v. NTELOS Telephone, Inc., Civil Action No. 5:11cv82-MFU (W.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for closely held corporation in defense of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and breach of contract claims asserted by minority shareholders. Whitaker et al. v. Richmond Wholesale Meat Co., Case No. BC 461801 (Sup. Ct. California)
Lead counsel for electric power company in breach of contract action against coal supplier. Dominion Virginia Power v. Alliance Coal, LLC, Case No. CL10-2852 (Cir. Ct. Richmond)
Lead counsel for officers and directors of closely held corporation in defense of breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and oppression claims by minority shareholder. Yannitello v. Comp Recovery, Inc., Case No. CL11-355 (Cir. Ct. Henrico Co.)
Lead counsel in defense of fraud, conspiracy and breach of contract claims against bank and bank employee. Weiler v. Virginia Commerce Bank, Civil Action No. 1:10cv157 (E.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for data aggregation company in defense of claims based upon alleged misuse of proprietary information used in direct mail marketing campaigns. Corinthian Mortgage Corp. v. ChoicePoint Precision Marketing LLC, Civil Action No. 1:07cv832 (E.D. Va.)
Patent Infringement Cases
Lead counsel for national baby stroller company in patent infringement claims against competitor. Baby Jogger v. Britax Child Safety, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:12cv452 (E.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for artificial Christmas tree manufacturer in patent infringement cases brought against two competitors.Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI) v. Willis Electric, Civil Action No. 2:12cv436 (E.D. Va. 2012-13); Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI) v. National Christmas Tree Company, Civil Action No. 2:12cv606 (E.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for national web-based employment service in defense of patent infringement claim. Lumen View v. SnagAJob, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:12cv1178 (D. Delaware)
Lead counsel for government security and defense contractor in patent infringement action against competitors. Ashbury International Group, Inc. v. Cadex Defence, et al., Civil Action No. 3:11cv79-GEC (W.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for leading manufacturer of UV disinfection systems in patent infringement action against competitor. Infilco Degremont, Inc. v. Trojan Technologies, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:11cv677-HEH (E.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for national golf equipment retailer in several patent infringement and false patent marking cases.The Bag Boy Company, LLC v. West Coast Trends, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:11cv123 (E.D. Va. 2011);West Coast Trends, Inc. v. Dynamic Brands, et al., Civil Action No. 6:10cv688 (E.D. Texas 2010-11); The Bag Boy Company, LLC v. Sun Mountain Sports, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:11cv123 (E.D. Va.)
Representing national electronics company in defense of patent infringement claim. Bluestone Innovations, LLC v. Best Buy, et al., Civil Action. No. 2:12cv503 (E.D. Va.)
Defended social media company in defense of patent infringement claims. After six day trial, obtained jury verdict of non-infringement and patent invalidity. VS Technologies LLC v. Twitter, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:11cv43 (E.D. Va.)
Represented global business software developer in patent infringement action involving electronic sourcing and procurement systems. ePlus, Inc. v. Lawson Software, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:09cv620 (E.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for company in dispute with former company president relating to patent ownership and related issues. Kirollos v. Microteq LLC, Civil Action No. 2:09cv196 (E.D. Va.)
Defended manufacturer of a branch circuit management system in defense of patent infringement claims. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement and award of attorneys' fees upon exceptional case determination under 35 U.S.C. § 285. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions, LLC v. Power Distribution, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:07cv167, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22599 (E.D. Va.)
Defended a major software development company in patent infringement action involving patents for electronic sourcing and procurement systems. Multi-week trial ended in a hung jury. ePlus, Inc. v. SAP AG, Civil Action No. 3:05cv281 (E.D. Va.)
Trademark/Trade Dress/False Advertising Copyright Cases
Lead counsel for national baby stroller company in prosecution of trade dress infringement and false advertising claims against competitor. Baby Jogger v. Britax Child Safety, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:12cv452 (E.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for fertilizer company in trademark opposition proceedings. OMS Investments, Inc., v. GroPro Organics, LLC, Case No. 91197461 (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board)
Lead counsel for well-known Russian émigré in a trademark infringement and anti-cybersquatting matter against various cybersquatters. Bullock v. Bullockjanna.com, Civil Action No. 1:10cv1197 (E.D. Va. 2010); Bullock v. JANNA-BULLOCK.COM, Civil Action No. 1:10cv485 (E.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for hardwood flooring retailer in trademark and trade dress infringement action against competitor. Resolved favorably after two day jury trial and one day bench trial. Lumber Liquidators, Inc. v. Stone Mountain Carpet Mills, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:08cv573 (E.D. Va.)
Lead counsel for national baby stroller company in defense of trade dress infringement claims. BOB Strollers, Inc. v. Baby Jogger, LLC, Civil Action No. CV07-263 (D. Idaho)
Lead counsel for pharmaceutical company in trademark and trade dress infringement, false advertising and unfair competition action against generic pharmaceutical company. Atley Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Brighton Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 3:06cv301 (E.D. Va.)
Represented national trade show producer in antitrust litigation against regional competitor. MAC Events LLC v. Royal Productions, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:05cv498 (E.D. Va.)
Expert Witness Cases
Served as expert witness in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in breach of contract action between competing aviation companies. Signature Flight Support Corp. v. Landow Aviation LP, Civil Action No. 1:08cv955 (E.D. Va.)
Served as expert witness relating to attorneys’ fees incurred in successful prosecution of copyright infringement claims. Silver Ring Splint Co. v. Digisplint, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:06cv65 (W.D. Va.)
Publications, Presentations ad Speaking Engagements
Moderator, Greater Richmond Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Trilogy, “Beyond the Patent Powerhouse,” February 5, 2013
Presenter, “The Rocket Docket: Trying Cases in the Eastern District of Virginia,” Virginia CLE (December 2012)
Presenter, “Discovery Strategies in Complex Business Cases,” Advanced Business Litigation Institute, Virginia CLE (2012)
Moderator, Privacy and Data Security Risks in Cloud Computing, Virginia Bar Association Annual Meeting (January 2012)
Presenter, IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions, How to Prepare IP For Review and How to Assess IP During Review, 13th Annual VBA Corporate Counsel Fall Forum (2011)
“EDVA Endorses American College of Trial Lawyers’ Code of Conduct,” by Robert A. Angle, David N. Anthony, Nicholas R. Klaiber (2011)
Presenter, "Ethical Issues for Business Lawyers," Virginia State Bar Summer Meeting (2011)
Quoted in "High Court Affirms Clear and Convincing Evidence Norm for Patent Validity Challenges," BNA Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Journal (2011)
Quoted in "Q&A With Troutman Sanders' Robert Angle," Law 360 (2011)
Presenter, “The Rocket Docket: Trying Cases in the Eastern District of Virginia,” Virginia CLE (2010)
Presenter, “Remedies: The Changing Landscape at the Intersection of Civil and Intellectual Property Litigation,” Virginia Bar Association Summer Meeting (2010)
Presenter, “E-Discovery 2.0,” Advanced Business Litigation Institute, Virginia State Bar IP Section Fall CLE (October 2010); Virginia CLE (2010)
Co-author, "Litigating Patent Infringement Cases in the 'Rocket Docket' of the Eastern District of Virginia ," Intellectual Property & Law Journal (2010)
Presenter, "What To Do When You Get The Letter: Patents and Copyrights," Virginia Bar Association Annual Meeting (January 2009); Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association (2009)
Co-author, "The 'Substantial Question of Patentability' Defense," IP Law 360 (2008)
Moderator, "Top 10 Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law," Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, IP Section CLE (2008)
Presenter, “Practical Strategies for E-Discovery,” Advanced Business Litigation Institute, Virginia CLE (2008)