Locke Lord Adds IP Litigation Partner Robert Harkins (San Francisco)

Locke Lord Edwards LLP has bolstered its intellectual property department and its IP litigation practice group in its San Francisco office with the addition of a Sedgwick LLP attorney who has experience serving clients in the life sciences, technology and telecommunications sectors.

Robert Harkins, who has extensive experience representing clients in patent litigation with a particular focus on computer hardware, software, system design, medical devices, telecommunications and Internet-related technologies, joined the firm as a partner on Jan. 30.

“Locke Lord is one of the top patent litigation firms in the country, which is what I do, so that was an obvious draw for me,” Harkins told Law360 on Friday. “The firm is dynamic and evolving with the community it serves, always on the lookout to become a better resource for its clients.”

Harkins said that the firm’s recent merger with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, transforming it from a 650 lawyer firm to a firm of about 1,000 lawyers, makes it a particularly exciting time to join. He added that Locke Lord has been looking to enhance its IP litigation practice on the West Coast, which is a natural fit for him.

Prior to joining the firm, Harkins was a partner at Sedgwick. In addition to his more than 20 years of experience in private practice, he served as director of IP and litigation for O2 Micro International Ltd. in Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara, a well-known semiconductor company that has offices located in the United States and Asia. He also co-founded the legal research Web portal MegaLaw.com.

Some of Harkin’s recent experience includes acting as lead counsel for two major cellphone companies in patent infringement suits in Delaware, obtaining summary judgment of noninfringement in a mechanical design case in California federal court and securing a settlement in a trial for a complainant in a Section 337 dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission. In addition to his patent litigation work, Harkins has also handled a variety of other matters in IP counseling and disputes.

Harkins earned his law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a master’s of science degree  in electronic commerce from National University.

“Bob has a strong track record as a trial lawyer, and his experience in the technology space will complement our practice group’s representations of clients facing complex patent issues,” Matt Blackburn, managing partner of the San Francisco office, said in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome Bob to Locke Lord.”