Robert Kent
Robert KentPartner
Robert Kent’s practice emphasizes patent disputes, and includes significant experience at all stages of the litigation process. Mr. Kent has second chaired a patent trial, briefed and argued an Inter Partes Review at the PTO, and written Federal Circuit appellate briefs. He has written and argued substantive motions and managed discovery in complex cases. Mr. Kent has also addressed specialized patent litigation topics such as claim construction proceedings and infringement and invalidity contentions in many cases, as well as working with technical experts.

Mr. Kent has represented both defendants and plaintiffs, in cases spanning a wide range of technologies both within the computer science domain and in other areas, including mobile application security, cloud document management, databases, digital imaging, DRAM memory devices, high speed digital signaling, plasma-based carbon deposition, solar panel mounting devices, and cellular phone cases. Mr. Kent has represented clients in district courts throughout the United States, as well as the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

Mr. Kent’s legal practice is informed by four years of industry experience in computer science, including positions in both software engineering and customer-facing technical advising. During Mr. Kent’s time in industry, he gained expertise in a wide variety of industry standard languages and tools. This expertise has provided not only the deep knowledge necessary to conduct thorough technical investigations and come up to speed quickly on many technologies, but also the ability to understand clients’ business goals give counsel beyond just litigation tactics.

Mr. Kent was listed in the Northern California “Super Lawyers” publication in 2016 as a “Rising Star.” Prior to joining Turner Boyd, Mr. Kent was an associate with Fish & Richardson.

Mr. Kent is admitted to practice in California state courts, the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Kalamazoo College, B.A. in English and Computer Science, 2000 – Honors in the English major, Honors in the Computer Science Major, magna cum laude.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2007.