Patent, Copyright & Trademark Lawyer

Photo of Robert Hess, copyright lawyer in Cary, NCATTORNEY INFORMATION

Location: Cary, North Carolina
Phone: (203) 832-2410
Fax: 203-549-1669

Robert J. Hess prosecuted domestically patent, trademark and copyright applications and coordinated obtaining patent and trademark protection internationally for over 30 years. He has conducted patent studies concerning infringement, patent-ability, right-to-operate, trademark clearance and trade secret clearance. Representative technologies include the fields of energy production, telecommunications, ophthalmology, surgical implants, exercise and rehabilitation equipment, food preparation, sports equipment, timepieces, padlocks. He strategized patent, trademark and copyright disputes and has been instrumental in successfully resolving many in a cost efficient manner to the benefit of clients.

Prior to entering the field of patent law, Robert J. Hess worked as a mechanical engineer. The projects he helped engineer included nuclear power generation facilities, coal power generation facilities, co-generation facilities, and college boiler rooms and ventilation systems. He helped engineer systems affecting energy conservation improvements, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, plumbing, and mechanical piping support loads, and provided various engineering directives at construction sites of power generation facilities.


Robert J. Hess is admitted in good standing to the state bars of North Carolina, Connecticut, New York and Washington, D.C. and is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark Office.


2022: WCBA CLE, legislative criminal law update, ethics committee’s year in review, WCBA CLE essentials

2021: Google reviews 1010 for law firms, construction law update, 2021 professionalism roundtable, the ABCs of judgement collection and enforcement, estate planning basics, updates from the NC Secretary of State’s office, how to prepare a domestic violence case & updates in DV case law, traffic court for non-traffic attorneys best law office practices, 2020 ethics committee’s year-in-review, CLE essentials

2020: The ABCs of Judgment collection and enforcement, estate planning basics, Updates from the NC Secretary of State, How to prepare a domestic violence case & updates in DV case law, Traffic court for non-traffic attorneys, Best law practices, 2020 Ethics Committee’s Year-in-Review

2019: Cybersecurity without breaking the bank, bankruptcy law during Covid-19, NextGen lawyers: The issues that matter, Updates from the Secretary of State’s Office, Trial strategies, Top 10 tools to help you survive & thrive in a remote work environment, Remote justice: The effective use of webex hearings, Raise to age: past, present and future, Ethics committee year in review, The client security fund, MCLE, Victim services, Treatment pathway program, Opening and Maintaining a Client Funds Account Part 1 and 2, Support enforcement services, statutory construction, Housing and small claims, Foreclosure mediation and committees, Appellate jurisdiction, Filing an appeal, Simplified divorce, Copyright, Lawyers concerned for lawyers, Sealing under Federal rule 57, Personal Identifying information using pseudonyms, lodging and sealing, Courthouse security, Removing GAL/AMCs from approved list, Connecticut practice book amendments, A primer on criminal orders of protection, Probate court basics, Top 10 ethical pitfalls parts 1 and 2, Nuts and bolts of limited scope representation, limited scope representation in practice

2018: Professionalism for New Attorneys, Hot Topics in Copyright Law; Legal issues of Social Media & Advertising in the US and Around the Globe; PAY OR PLAY: How to Make it Meaningful; Recent Developments in Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets Litigation; Trust Yourself: A Basic Guide to Using Trust Accounts for Legal Fees; Understanding IP and Attorneys’ Use of Technology; Uniform Trade Secrets Act: Your IP Backstop; 3D Printing: Legal Protection for 3D Objects and Products Designs, Cybersecurity for Law Firms, Trust Accounting Rules!, The Not-So-New Power-of-Attorney Statute, Transition and Succession Planning.

2017: Beyond the Printed Page: An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties to the Film, Television Industries
Dealing with Difficult Attorneys
Drafting Joint Venture Agreements
Eleven Common Intellectual property Mistakes businesses Make and How to Avoid Them
Ethical Implications and Social Media
Getting the Deal Done: Common Pitfalls Facing Dealmakers When Negotiating Film and TV Deals

2016: Mobile Apps: The Legal Issues
8th Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Institute
What Attorneys Need to Know About Cyberforensics – A Tell All

2014: A guide to ethical billing practices and retainer agreements; Advertising and fashion; Fundamental concepts in drafting contracts: what most attorneys fail to consider; Rights of publicity and privacy; Developments in copyright law; a recap of significant recent cases; Ethical issues in intellectual property; Litigation in the arts: conflict resolution & regulations fine arts & installations; A review of the new FTC guidance on disclosure in digital advertising.

2013: The Top Seven Ways to Get Your Client’s Project Built When the Regulations Do No Allow It; Navigating Business, Investment and Legal Challenges facing Entrepreneurs

2012: Responding to a Demand or Request to Purchase a Patent License; Powers of Attorney, Beyond the Statutory Form; The Fundamentals of Constructions Contracts: Understanding the Issues; LLC’s, LLP’s and Partnerships Organization and Operation.

2010: What you need to know about Public Records and Open Meetings, Practicing Law in the Music Industry, Ethics and Professionalism for the 21st Century Lawyer, What your website can do for you: Setting Internet Marketing Goals; An Oral Contract isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on – or is it?

2009: 25th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar; Tips and Strategies for Using the Patent Prosecution Highway

2008: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property Litigation

2007: Intellectual Property Owner’s Association Annual Meeting

2006: 22nd Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar, NJIPLA Patent Litigation, Nuts & Bolts CLE (Successful Lawyering, Personal Injury and Tort Law, Residential Real Estate, Wills, Trusts & Estates and Probate Court, Advanced Litigation: Tips Everyone Should Know, Basic Litigation I and II, Understanding the Recent Mammoth Changes in the Rules of Professional Conduct

2005: E-Discovery, 2005 Advanced PCT, Legal Ethics, Duty of Disclosure Update and In-house Perspective, 21st Annual Joint Patent Practice, SOX Mandates for Intellectual Property, Business Valuation Primer for Attorneys, NJIPLA Patent Litigation Seminar, What Every Officer & Director Should Know About D&O Liability

2004: Patent Claim Construction, Trademark Practice & Industrial Design Update

2003: Attorney-Client and Work Product Privileges, CLE Fall One-Day Program, Living With New Corporate Governance & Corporate Regime, Should the Ethical Rules Be Revised to Permit Ownership Interests by Non-Lawyers in Law Firms to Create Multidisciplinary Practices,

2002: Practicing Before the USPTO and EPO: Convergence or Divergence of US and European Law? Attorney-Client and Work Product Privilege

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2018
  • Connecticut, 2006
  • New York, 1986
  • District of Columbia, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1986
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1986


  • St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, New York
    Juris Doctor – 1985
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York
    Bachelor of Engineering – 1980

Representative Cases

  • Custom Sports Apparel, Inc. v. Squires Hightech Corp., 2002 WL 24249, 2002 U.S. App. Lexis 413 United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2002

Past Employment Positions

  • Hess Patent Law Firm, Manager 2012-current
  • Hess Patent Law Firm, PC, Director 2006 – 2012
  • Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Contract Director, 2002 – 2006
  • Cobrin & Gittes, Contract Partner, 2001 – 2002
  • Cobrin, Gittes & Samuel, Associate, 1995 – 2001
  • Darby & Darby, Associate, 1989 – 1995
  • Striker, Striker & Stenby, Associate, 1985 – 1989
  • Paul Gerringer & Associates, Engineer, 1983 – 1985
  • Burns & Roe, Engineer, 1980 – 1983

Former professional affiliations and memberships

  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Advisory Board to the NYSERDA Energy Analysis Program
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Formerly admitted to the New Jersey State bar and the United District Court for the District of New Jersey

Published Works

  • ”U.S. Intellectual Property Law and Foreign Website Operations,” Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, Volume 17 No. 1, Fall 2005
  • ”Accessing Patent Data on the Web,” The National Law Journal, January 24, 2004
  • ”ORANGE BOOK UPDATE: Recent Case Law, Legislation, and Administration Initiatives Affecting Patent Listings for Pharmaceuticals,” Pharma Advisor, August 13, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Semi-finalist, 2007 Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge for the History Channel
  • Recipient, 1994 Service Award, Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • Tenth Judicial District, Member

  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Advisory Board to the NYSERDA Energy Analysis Program, Member, 2000
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member