As Robert J. Schoenberg guides his clients through the complex issues of intellectual property, trademark, copyright, patents and complex commercial litigation, he maintains his focus on one overarching issue: his clients' business objectives. "We strive to understand our clients' business and marketing strategies in order to provide them with effective legal solutions and advice," says Bob, a 35-year veteran of the firm. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Client's Guides has included Bob in Band One for Intellectual Property in 2016, describing him as “very seasoned, pragmatic, commercial and user-friendly,” and “a very intelligent man who cares about his clients.” His clients also say he "commands great respect for his advice across the pharmaceutical, software and publishing sectors," and appreciate that he brings a "great feel for fashioning an argument and putting forward productive strategies." Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Bob on its Best Lawyers list in the fields of Commercial Litigation, IP Litigation, Patent Litigation and Trademark Law since 2007. Thomson Reuters has included him on New Jersey's "Super Lawyers" list for IP Litigation since 2006. Bob has been named 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Patent Litigation in the Newark region by Best Lawyers, an honor given annually to a single patent litigation attorney in the Newark region. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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About one-third of Bob's practice focuses on general commercial litigation, with many clients in the publishing and computer industries. The remainder of his practice is intellectual property counseling and litigation, trademark and copyright work, and patent litigation. He also represents hospitals, helping them gain licenses for emerging medical technologies.
Bob's clients include IBM, Dell Inc., Forbes LLC, A.M. Best Company, Exeltis USA Dermatology LLC, Fujitsu General America, Berkeley College and Valley Health System. Some of his intellectual property work also brings him into the entertainment arena. For example, he represents the Estate of Benny Goodman.
Bob long had a deep interest in computers and technology issues. Before beginning his legal career, he developed software systems for Exxon Corp. He is a frequent lecturer on trademark, copyright and computer law topics. Bob is a Master and former Co-Director of the John C. Lifland Inn of Court for Intellectual Property and Federal Practice and a Member of the International Trademark Association.