Robert J. Rando

Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Constitution • Federal Courts • Federalism • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Federalist Society • First Amendment • Founding Era & History • Intellectual Property • Litigation • Separation of Powers • Supreme Court

Robert Rando is a partner with Taylor English Duma's Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Rando focuses his practice on patent and other intellectual property infringement disputes. He is experienced in a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, silicon chip manufacturing, biotechnology products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, food additives, alternative energy products, consumer electronics, communications, security, Internet, and e-commerce. 

Mr. Rando has more than 30 years of federal civil litigation experience and has litigated disputes in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), and several other United States District Courts across the country. In addition to intellectual property matters, Mr. Rando has also handled litigation matters involving antitrust, civil rights, complex commercial disputes, class action, product liability, employment discrimination and other employment disputes, and ERISA cases.

Mr. Rando has extensive appellate court experience, including having served as counsel of record or co-counsel on numerous Amicus brief filings before the United States Supreme Court and Federal Circuit on various intellectual property, constitutional and administrative law issues from 2006 to the present.

Mr. Rando is a Fellow of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters and, since 2004, has served by judicial appointment as a Special Master in numerous cases involving complex patent law issues. He has also served as a Mediator in several private mediations all with successful outcomes and as a Neutral in patent and non-patent cases. 

Mr. Rando has also worked closely with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) leaders and is actively engaged in federal judiciary matters. Along with other Federal Bar Association (FBA) patent practitioners he developed and conducted a series of lectures in 2012 on the America Invents Act (AIA), and along with other New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) patent practitioners he provided a lecture on Alice/Mayo/Section 101 patent eligibility issues in 2018, for the SDNY and EDNY Patent Pilot Program Judges, Magistrate Judges and Law Clerks. He represented the NYIPLA and FBA at the Tillis/Coons Section 101 Patent Law Reform Roundtable discussions and, on behalf of the FBA IPLS, submitted written testimony included in the record at the June 11, 2019 hearing.

As a member of the EDNY Litigation Advisory Committee since 2005, Mr. Rando has worked alongside other practitioners, members of the judiciary and academia reviewing and providing input and commentary on proposed rules changes to the Federal Rules and the EDNY local rules. Mr. Rando also served as a member of the joint EDNY/SDNY Committee on Local Patent Rules.

Mr. Rando began his legal career as an Associate with Skadden Arps, later moving to Kenyon & Kenyon. Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Rando founded and led his own firm for nearly 25 years. Before attending law school, he served as a Systems Analysis Engineer at Sperry Corporation, now a part of Lockheed Martin. In this role, Mr. Rando helped design, develop, implement, and analyze computer software that could use advanced mathematics as part of nuclear submarine navigation and weapons systems under a government required security clearance.

Mr. Rando is a published author and frequent lecturer at law schools, bar associations, CLE programs and trade groups on constitutional law, administrative law, patent law and other IP law issues.


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