Robert A. Kalinsky

Partner
Minneapolis
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4771
Contact My Assistant
Theresa N. "Tess" Powless
D: 612.371.5388

Education

University of Iowa
J.D., with distinction, 2000

University of Iowa
B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, 1996

Bar and Court Admissions

Federal Circuit, 2003
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2001
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2001
Minnesota State Bar, 2001

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Rising Stars, 2006-2012

Publications & Speaking

CLE on Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Software—Is There Anything Left?, The MSBA Computer & Technology Law Section, Presenters: Allen Oh, Dan Tysver, Rob Kalinsky, April 12, 2016

CLE on Social Media Patents: Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending Patents Related to Social Media Applications, Presenters: William Schultz, Robert Kalinsky, Elizabeth Tunheim Sheets, John Reinan, December 13, 2013

Enhanced Duty of Candor Before the PTO, Today's General Counsel, co-authored by Paige S. Stradley, Oct/Nov 2013

Obtaining Your Stay During Inter Partes Review, Lexology, co-authored with Linhda Nguyen, September 18, 2013

Leveraging New Patent Office Post Grant Proceedings To Decrease Litigation Risk and Cost, co-authored with Joe Lee and Andrew Lagatta, Intellectual Property Today, July, 2013

The Enhanced Duty Of Candor Before The Patent Office, co-authored with Paige Stradley, Law360, April 24, 2013

CLE on Social Media Patents: Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending Patents Related to Social Media Applications, Presenters: William Schultz, Robert Kalinsky, Elizabeth Tunheim Sheets, John Reinan, April 9, 2013

The New "First" in Patent Law. U.S. Patent Law Underwent a Major Change with Important Implications for Inventors. Attorney Robert Kalinsky explains what they are., David Phelps, Star Tribune, March 18, 2013

Software Patent Litigation, American Bar Association, ABA Section of Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation Roundtable Discussion (April 2006)

Google Digital Library Lawsuits, American Bar Association, ABA Google Digital Library Litigation Subcommittee Report (February 2006)

Supreme Court's Inducement Theory in Grokster Creates Uncertainty, Intellectual Property Today (August 2005)

Brief of Amicus Curiae Association of Patent Law Firms In Support of Plaintiff-Appellants' Combined Petition for Panel Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. v. Promega Corporation (May 2003)

The Supreme Court Clarifies Electronic Rights for Freelancers and Publishers, The Licensing Journal (April 2002, Vol. 22, No. 4)

ANALYSIS: Tasini -- Online Publishers Beware, Minnesota State Bar Association Computer Law Section, Computer Law News (Spring 2002, Vol. 18, No. 3)

Brief for Amicus Curiae American Intellectual Property Law Association In Support of Neither Party
The New York Times Company v. Tasini (January 2001)

Making the most of patent claim drafting, LawCast Intellectual Property Report, Vol. XVII, No. 3 (February 14, 2011)

5 Ways To Draft Bulletproof Patent Claims (quoted), Erin Coe, Law360 (January 25, 2011)

Bilski and Business Methods Pt. 2: Certainty and Uncertainty, BP/G Radio - (July 23rd, 2010)

5 Tips For Managing A Complex Patent Portfolio (quoted), Julie Zeveloff, Law 360 (July 2010)

Clean and Green: A Sensible Approach to IP Protection for New Energy Innovation, Energy Synergy: Melding the Green Economy and the Law (December 8, 2009)

Death to Software Patents! Nah....., BP/G Radio - (May 7, 2008)

File Sharing 101: Napster, Aimster, Grokster - What's Nextster?, Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, MIPLA Stampede (May 4, 2005)

Communication is a vital aspect of building relationships with clients, and Rob understands that concept well. He makes it a priority to keep his clients informed so they can make intelligent decisions regarding their intellectual property and business strategies.

Rob practices general intellectual property law, focusing on patent prosecution and litigation support. He helps clients of all sizes to strategically grow their patent portfolios. He concentrates his patent prosecution practice in the electrical and mechanical arts, including an emphasis in software and biomedical device patents. He has particular experience in preparing and prosecuting software and business method patents, and has helped many clients patent Internet-based and financial innovations. Rob understands the unique issues surrounding these technologies and helps his clients think strategically when seeking to protect core business processes.

Rob provides litigation support in a variety of areas, including enforcing patent rights, counseling clients on the most strategic methods for enforcement, and helping them manage costs in contentious matters.

Before practicing law, Rob was a software engineer for MCI Telecommunications, working on the design and integration of sophisticated calling card platforms.

Rob enjoys representing children in foster care proceedings on behalf of the Children's Law Center of Minnesota and doing housing law work for the Volunteer Lawyer's Network. At Merchant & Gould, Rob is chair of the forms committee and the pro bono committee, and he serves on the conflicts committee.

In his spare time, Rob likes to participate in endurance athletics, including running and triathlons.


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Press Releases
1/13/17
Merchant & Gould Team Takes First Place in 2016 Twin Cities 5K Corporate Team Challenge
A group of six Merchant & Gould professionals took home the first place prize for fastest team in the 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 5K Corporate Team Challenge.In Minnesota, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon race series brings 25,000 runners and ...
Events
6/8/16
Perspectives on Federal Trade Secret Law: Impact of the DTSA on Your Company
For the first time ever, Congress passed legislation that federalizes trade secret law – the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). The DTSA, signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016, creates a new federal cause of action for the misappropriation ...
Press Releases
5/28/13
M&G files amicus brief on behalf of the Association of Patent Law Firms
The Association for Patent Law Firms (APLF) asked Merchant & Gould to write a brief on its behalf as amicus curiae supporting a petition for rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's March 31, 2003 decision in Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. v. Promega Corp., ...
Articles
4/24/13
The Enhanced Duty Of Candor Before The Patent Office
Click here, to read article co-authored by Paige Stradley and Rob Kalinsky
Press Releases
8/22/11
16 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2011 Super Lawyers
Firm Also Recognizes Nine Rising Stars Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 16 of the firm's attorneys are named Super Lawyers in 2011. The attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property law and ...
Press Releases
7/26/10
26 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2010 Super Lawyers
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 26 of the firm's attorneys are named Super Lawyers in 2010. The attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property law and IP litigation. Each year, no more than ...
Press Releases
1/5/09
Merchant & Gould Names Five New Partners in Denver and Minneapolis
Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that it has named Andrew Ehard, Karen Fitzsimmons, Robert Kalinsky, Greg Leibold and Rachel Zimmerman as partners at the firm.At the firm's Minneapolis office, Andrew Ehard specializes ...
Press Releases
11/13/08
11 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2009 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers®
Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 11 of the firm's attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars by their peers according to the Super Lawyers® organization.The Rising Stars selected from Merchant & Gould ...
Articles
5/7/08
Death to Software Patents! Nah . . . . .
Click here to read article relating to May 2008 BP/G Radio Intellectual Property Podcast in which Rob Kalinsky joins the conversation. Note: Scroll down and select May 2008 under "Prior Shows"
Articles
8/1/05
Supreme Court's Inducement Theory in Grokster Creates Uncertainty