Robert Haslam

Covington & Burling LLP

Robert T. Haslam is senior counsel in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. His practice has emphasized trial work involving patent and trade secret litigation and other related high technology disputes. He has represented clients in litigation involving a range of arts and practices, including semiconductor products and processes, cryptography, GPS and cellular technology, electronic circuits, microprocessors and software products, and medical devices and other life science products.

He has tried cases in both federal and state court. In addition, Mr. Haslam advises clients on strategies relating to intellectual property matters. Mr. Haslam is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is composed of the best of the trial bar and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America.

Membership in the College can never be more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province, and fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

Mr. Haslam has also twice served on, once as chair of, the Northern District of California Patent Rules Committee, which issued revisions to the local rules for the management of patent litigation. These rules have served as a model and have been adopted in whole or in part by other judicial districts.

Education :

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1976
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1968

Bar Admissions : California

Representative Matters :

  • Representation of Huawei Technologies in trade secret lawsuits against Motorola Solutions involving wireless base station technology; obtained a preliminary injunction preventing the transfer of confidential information in the context of a corporate acquisition.
  • Ariba v. Emptoris. Secured a jury verdict for Ariba Inc., including a finding that two patents involving online auction technology were valid and infringed.
  • Sky Technologies v. Ariba Inc.  Represented Ariba in Boston in patent infringement litigation on two patents relating to automated negotiation software.  Case settled favorably two weeks into trial.
  • Cisco v. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.  Represented Huawei, the largest Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, in a suit brought by Cisco Systems in Marshall, Texas.  The suit involved patent infringement, copyright and trade secret claims relating to the software for network routers.  Defeated preliminary injunction seeking worldwide ban on distributing product.
  • Atmel Corporation v. Silicon Storage Technology (SST), C-96-00039 SC (N.D. Cal.).  Represented Atmel in this patent infringement action.  The patents relate to circuits and memory cell designs for flash memory and EEPROMs.
  • In the Matter of Certain Programmable Logic Devices And Products Containing Same, ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-453.  Represented Altera in this investigation involving patents concerning programmable logic devices.
  • RSA Data Security, Inc. v. Cylink Corporation, C-96-20094 SW (N.D. Cal.).  Represented RSA in litigation involving patent infringement and related claims involving public key and related encryption software technology that has become central to electronic commerce over the Internet.

Memberships and Affiliations :

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Bay Area Intellectual Property Inns of Court
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Patent Rules Revision Committee, Chair (2000)


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