Robert N. Cook is a principal in the firm. Bob provides representation in litigation and licensing matters involving intellectual property and antitrust, plus related areas of commercial litigation. Bob has handled a broad range of intellectual property litigation and licensing issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and confidentiality agreements. Bob has also represented numerous clients on antitrust issues arising in connection with intellectual property licensing, joint ventures, distribution arrangements, and industry standards-setting activities. Bob is well-versed in Federal court practice and procedure and has practiced before various Federal courts, including, but not limited to, the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Northern District of Illinois. In agency practice, Bob has assisted numerous technology firms involved in antitrust and premerger review inquiries by Federal agencies. Bob was invited to participate as a panelist in hearings jointly held by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice in 2002 on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy." From 1990 to 1999, Bob served the public as an attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission, where he was responsible for a broad range of antitrust merger and conduct investigations.
Bob is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. Bob holds a Juris Doctor degree from the George Mason University School of Law (1990) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University (1979). Prior to law school, Bob covered computers, telecommunications, and marketing for several publications.
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Selected publications and presentations by Robert N. Cook:
TiVo v. EchoStar: Trying to Gauge the Impact of eBay v. MercExchange (Update), August 21, 2006.
Impact of eBay v. MercExchange on Antitrust Standard-Setting Cases (Update), May 22, 2006.
The Rocket Docket (Presentation), March 2, 2006.
Following the E-Paper Trail: Responding to Second Requests (Presentation), ABA Antitrust Teleseminar Series, March 12, 2004.
Patent Pools and Antitrust (Presentation), November 4, 2004.
The "Paperless" Second Request (Article), ABA Antitrust Section FTC Committee Newsletter (Summer 2002).
AOL/Time Warner: The Close Antitrust Call and the Changing of the Guard at the FTC (Article), Antitrust Report (May 2001).
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