Bob Steinberg is a partner in both the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Steinberg is a member of the firm's Litigation & Trial Department as well as Chair of Latham’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board Practice and former global Co-chair of the Intellectual Property 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 an experienced trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience. His practice focuses primarily on complex disputes involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and DMCA claims and other matters relating to software, semiconductors, internet technologies and pharmaceuticals. He has successfully represented many of the largest high-profile entities in litigation including Adobe, AU Optronics (AUO), Broadcom, Sony and Symantec.
Mr. Steinberg is also a registered patent attorney. He currently serves as counsel on over 50 pending Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings for clients such as AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd., Actifio, Nvidia and Qualtrics.
He has been instrumental in establishing Latham’s PTAB practice group. The group has pioneered innovative approaches to the bourgeoning area of PTAB proceedings and has maintained an outstanding 98% success rate in persuading the PTAB to institute our client’s petitions. IAM Patent 1000 recognized 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.” Steinberg was part of Latham’s team to successfully obtain final written decision in the PTAB on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover to defeat Cruise Control Technologies (a shell company of patent troll Empire IP) and also on behalf of Qualtrics to invalidate four of OpinionLab, Inc. patents.
Mr. Steinberg has continuously been recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA. He was named among the 2012 Who’s Who for Intellectual Property Law by Los Angeles Business Journal and among the top IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal in 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 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 Irell & Manella where he was partner and member of the Executive Committee.