Robert J. Hollingshead

The Imperial Tower, 15th Floor 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan 100

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 200, Washington, DC USA 20004


Robert “Bob” Hollingshead is a registered patent attorney who focuses his intellectual property practice on patent litigation, adversarial patent license negotiations, settlement negotiations, and related counseling. He represents clients in litigations and license negotiations relating to electronics, mechanical systems, automotive, semiconductor design and fabrication, display technologies, software, wireless telecommunications, medical devices, and metallurgical and magnetic technologies. Bob has developed a broad practice focused on Japan, having lived and worked in Japan for more than 18 years.

Bob works with clients to develop tailored strategies for litigation, licensing, patent procurement, inter partes review proceedings, and portfolio development. He regularly leads adversarial patent licensing negotiations and transactions on behalf of Japanese and global corporations. Bob regularly represents clients in U.S. District Court proceedings and before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Prior to joining the firm, Bob was a partner in the Tokyo, Japan, and Washington, DC offices of an international law firm where he focused his practice on patent litigation and adversarial license negotiations. Bob is a former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications in the liquid crystal display technologies. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bob was a Senior Electrical Engineer at an engineering company engaged in technology development for satellite communications and navigation.

Bob was recognized in The Best Lawyers in Japan® in 2020 for Intellectual Property. He is listed in the 2021 and 2023 editions of Chambers Global as a leading Intellectual Property lawyer. Bob was named a top patent practitioner in 2019 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners. He was named an "IP Star" in 2021, 2022 and 2023 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. In 2023, Business Today listed Bob as one of its “Top 10 Trailblazing Intellectual Property Lawyers." He was recommended in 2019 by Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a “Leading Individual – Japan” in the area of Intellectual Property. Bob was recognized by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific as an Intellectual Property "Dispute Resolution Star" in 2019.


*Represented a Japan-based company and its U.S. affiliate as complainants in a landmark International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation involving 29 respondents asserting infringement of client’s certain patents by the sale into the United States of certain sintered rare earth magnet products.

*Among the lead partners on the technology team that represented a major smartphone company in a high-profile global smartphone dispute.

*Represented a major disk drive manufacturer in dispute involving spindle motors.

*Represented a major manufacturer of consumer electronics in a dispute involving consumer flat panel displays.

*Represented a major camera manufacturer in dispute involving JPEG image compression.

*Represented two major semiconductor manufacturers in investigation involving DRAM and flash memory.

*Represented a semiconductor equipment provider in a dispute involving products for semiconductor wafer fabrication.

*Represented a medical device manufacturer in dispute involving pulse oximeter medical devices.

*Represented a major display manufacturer in dispute involving LCD display technology.

*Represented a pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman Act litigation adverse to a generic manufacturer in dispute involving certain antibiotics.

*Represented a major Japanese semiconductor manufacturer in adversarial patent license negotiations with a one of the world’s largest patent non-practicing entities (NPE). Following contentious negotiations, the NPE abandoned its assertions.

*Represented a major Japanese semiconductor manufacturer in adversarial patent license negotiations with one of the largest global holders of semiconductor packaging patents. After extensive negotiations, all assertions were abandoned against the client.

*Developed an offensive patent licensing program involving a portfolio of hundreds of patents in the standard essential 3G/4G LTE wireless telephony area and successfully licensed major well-known corporations under the portfolio.

*Represented a major semiconductor foundry in connection with dispute involving semiconductor processing technology.

*Represented a global industrial company in an ICC arbitration involving power generation equipment.

*Represented a major Japanese heavy industry corporation in adversarial license negotiation involving gas turbine generators.

*Represented a major Japanese industrial corporation in dispute involving power inverters for heavy equipment.

*Represented a Japanese electronics company adverse in dispute involving LEDs.

*Represented a Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment provider in disputes involving semiconductor processing equipment, inspection tools (spectrophotometry), probe cards, and annealing methods for semiconductors.

*Represented a Japanese semiconductor manufacturer in dispute involving semiconductor chips for smartphones.

*Represented a major Japanese company in various disputes involving imaging sensors, image compression, and lithography equipment for semiconductor manufacturing.

*Represented a major Japanese medical device company in dispute involving blood leukocyte filter technology.

*Represented a major Japanese semiconductor manufacturer in dispute involving microprocessor technology.

*Represented a major Japanese company dispute involving laser drilling machinery for manufacturing printed circuit boards.

*Represented a Japanese company in dispute involving focusing mechanisms for smartphone cameras.

*Represented a Japanese company in dispute involving automated systems for factory automation.

*Represented a Japanese company in dispute involving diesel exhaust filters.

*Represented a Japanese company in dispute involving automotive brake systems.

*Represented a Japanese tier 1 automotive supplier in dispute involving automotive wiring harnesses.

*Represented a major Japanese chemical company adverse to a U.S. university in license negotiations involving mi-RNA sequences.

*Represented a major Japanese semiconductor manufacturer in a dispute involving embedded wafer-level semiconductor chip packages.

*Represented a major Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer in disputes involving LCD backlight assemblies, digital TV aspect ratio conversion and video compression.

*Represented a major Japanese sporting goods manufacturer in dispute involving sports equipment.

*Represented a Japanese software company in dispute involving computer network security.

*Represented a major Japanese electronic components company in a dispute involving GMR heads for disk drives.

*Represented a major Japanese pharmaceutical in dispute involving transdermal patches for drug delivery.

*Represented the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) pro bono in an intellectual property dispute.

*Experience gained by attorney prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend


Johns Hopkins University M.S., Electrical Engineering

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law J.D.

University of Maryland B.S., Electrical Engineering

University of Maryland B.S., Mathematics


District of Columbia (2000)

Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi) (2009)

Maryland (1999)

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2000)

Professional & Community Activities

Tokyo Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Founding Officer

Licensing Executives Society of Japan, Editor of Winds from Japan publication

Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Officer and Mentoring Chair (2002-2003); Recipient of the GSR American Inn of Court Scholarship Award

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