Rob D. Pyatt

Rob D. Pyatt


University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.S. in Physics
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
M.S. in Physics
University of New Hampshire School of Law

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Practice Areas


  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas B.S. in Physics
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas M.S. in Physics
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law J.D.


Rob focuses on patent portfolio development, trade secret protection, and also advises clients on intellectual property protection strategies. His clients include inventors, start-up companies in various stages, universities, and large companies.

Rob enjoys working with emerging companies, and has partnered with various start-ups that have grown their patent portfolios significantly and are now global businesses. He has also represented clients in appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB).

A particular strength that Rob has is in drafting and prosecuting applications directed to physics-based technologies such as those incorporating optics, imaging, and laser systems. These technologies often enable biomedical applications, which have represented a significant portion of his practice. Prior to joining private practice, Rob worked for nine years in engineering and medical device companies. His contributions included developing photonics automation systems and applications and authoring many feasibility studies relating to photonic device automation. He later joined a start-up that became Abbott Medical Optics (now part of Johnson & Johnson Vision), where he assisted in developing femtosecond laser systems for eye surgery applications, furthered FDA compliance activities, and managed a systems test engineering group.

Rob has presented on topics including IP basics, optics and photonics in healthcare technologies, and compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Bayh-Dole Regulations. He has also advised technology transfer offices and recipients of SBIR/STTR grants and other types of Federal funding on their compliance programs.

Rob is an active member of Optica, where he continues to advance his knowledge of physics and optics, and he has been named a Best Lawyers “One to Watch” for patent law.

Select areas of technology in which Rob has obtained patent protection:

  • Integrated optical circuits (IOCs)
  • Laser remote sensing
  • Photonic lantern-based technologies
  • Laser systems for imaging, therapy, and metrology
  • Biomedical and neurological devices
  • Optical networking and devices
  • Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
  • Acoustic, sonar, and x-ray technologies
  • Robotics and control systems
  • Thermal imaging and measurement devices
  • DNA detection using spectroscopy
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidic technologies

Select Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • “Fundamental Concepts in Intellectual Property,” Apr. 22, 2020 and Dec. 5, 2022
  • “Inventorship for Patent Case Managers,” Nov. 15, 2022
  • “Optics and Photonics in Healthcare - Advancing Cross-Functional Solutions for the Present and Future,” Medical Development Group Forum, October 27, 2022
  • “Complying with the Patent Rights Clauses: The 2018 Bayh-Dole Regulation Changes and their Implications,” June 4, 2019 and June 12, 2019
  • “Strategic Timing Considerations for Patents: Government Grants,” Nov. 19, 2015
  • “Timing of Patent Filings When Government Grants Apply,” Oct. 30, 2015
  • “Timing Considerations for Patents under Government Grants,” May 18, 2015
  • “Invention Rights Do Not Automatically Vest to a Federal Contractor Under the Bayh-Dole Act,” July 2011
  • “Hyper-Rayleigh Scattering from CH4, CD4, CF4 and CCl4,” The Journal of Chemical Physics, May 25, 2001



Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Selected to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America in the area of Patent Law, 2021-2024.
  • Recognized in Massachusetts Rising Stars, published by Super Lawyers, 2023.

Practice areas

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