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Robert M. Evans, Jr. focuses his practice on litigating complex intellectual property disputes. With more than twenty five years of experience, Mr. Evans has effectively handled the full range of dispute resolution, from direct negotiations to mediations and arbitrations to bench and jury trials, and matters at the appellate level. He has litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts around the country and has worked in nearly every major business center in the United States, including 28 states and the District of Columbia, in the course of taking depositions, arguing motions, obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, trying cases and arguing appeals. Mr. Evans’ extensive knowledge, background and expertise allows him to provide clients the thorough and timely tactical advice needed to successfully resolve complex disputes.
Mr. Evans’ practice covers a wide range of IP-related matters including patent infringement, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, such as inter partes review proceedings and interferences, trade secrets, trademark infringement, unfair competition, and antitrust cases. In addition to winning jury verdicts for plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes patent litigation, he has won summary judgment in a large number of complex patent cases where the plaintiff has made demand for tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. Mr. Evans' experience handling matters at the appellate level is substantial as he has successfully briefed and argued many cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Mr. Evans’ patent and trade secret lawsuits have concerned electronic circuits and electrical controls, computer systems and software, telephone systems and software, voting equipment, organic and inorganic chemistry, semiconductors, life sciences reagents and processes, medical and dental products, and manufactured and industrial products. His trademark and unfair competition lawsuits have included marks and competition in manufacturing, electronics, chemical and life sciences industries, power industry, financial services industry, entertainment industry and food services industry. He has also handled several copyright lawsuits.
Mr. Evans received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1985 from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated summa cum laude. While at Notre Dame, Mr. Evans was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the electrical engineering honor society. In 1988, he received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and was Notes and Comments Editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly.
Mr. Evans is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Mr. Evans currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee as Chief Financial Partner and as the Group Leader of our Litigation practice. He is Past-President of the Patent and Trademark Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He was an adjunct professor at Washington University's School of Electrical Engineering from 1995-2001.
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