Attorneys & Agents
Phone: 305-374-8303 (Miami) 407-841-2330 (Orlando)
Robert H. Thornburg
Shareholder, Registered Patent Attorney
Mr. Thornburg is Miami patent attorney with extensive experience in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and related technology litigation. He also represents clients in the areas of patent and trademark prosecution, domain name disputes, and electronic discovery counseling. His experience in patent prosecution includes CPAP respiratory interfaces, high efficiency cogeneration HVAC systems, medical devices, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and “green” technologies.
Robert currently serves on the Copyright Society of the USA Miami Chapter steering committee. An avid Gator, Mr. Thornburg is the Secretary of the University of Florida Law Alumni Council Executive Committee. He is also the Head Trustee of The Growing Place School in Coral Gables.
Mr. Thornburg is the immediate past President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida. He also serves on the Executive Counsel of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, where he previously served as Chair of the Section’s Intellectual Property Committee. Likewise, he is a former Chair of the Section’s Computer & Cyber Law Committee.
While in law school, he served as Vice-Chair of the Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Law & Policy, and President of the Florida Intellectual Property Law Association. The Book Award in Intellectual Property Law (the individual having the highest grade in the class) at the University of Florida Levin College of Law is named in his honor.
Mr. Thornburg is an active lecturer on topics relating to intellectual property and has served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Florida College of Law, the University of Miami School of Law, Florida State University College of Law, and the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering.
Recent lectures / panels in which Robert has participated in include:
- JAMS Miami Resolution Center’s March 4, 2014 panel discussion regarding use of mediations in intellectual property disputes;
- Nevada Bar Association’s November 1, 2013 Intellectual Property Symposium, where he was the kick-off presenter addressing recent trends in the Ninth Circuit regarding use of trademark survey evidence; and
- Thomson LegalWorks’ 2006 A-Z Electronic Discovery in Miami.
Representative cases and recent legal accomplishments include the following:
- Adobe Systems Inc. v. Bea’s Hive LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130940 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 18, 2014) (successful grant of preliminary injunction on behalf of software developer after multi-day evidentiary hearing and prior grant of temporary restraining and seizure order).
- Valoro LLC v. Valero Energy Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110554 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 11, 2014) (successful grant of accused infringer’s motion for more definitive statement to identify Valero Energy’s trademarks purportedly infringed).
- Martin Memorial Health Systems Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Case No. 2:2014-CV-14038 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 29, 2014) (filed declaratory action of non-infringement on behalf of multi-hospital group asking for finding of no infringement or dilution of Blue Cross’ logos – resulting in beneficial settlement of claims)
- Eyepartner Inc. v. Kor Media Group, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98370 (S.D. Fla. Jul. 15, 2013) (successful grant of preliminary injunction under Copyright Act after two week evidentiary hearing).
- Pumponator Inc v. Water Sports LLC, 868 F. Supp. 2d 742 (N.D. Ill. 2012) (successfully defended challenge to personal jurisdiction regarding rival toy manufacturers in trade dress dispute).
- Barrocos of Florida v. Elmassian, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65523 (S.D. Fla. May 10, 2012) (successfully compelled deposition of Hong-Kong based third-party defendant in Florida in trademark case).
- Your Baby Can Read LLC v. Planet Kids Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist LEXIS 5315 (S.D. Fla. Jan 20, 2011) (successful defeat of motion for dismissal of trademark and copyright claim on behalf of children’s early education system).
Mr. Thornburg was recently interviewed by Miami ABC affiliate “Local 10″ regarding a trademark infringement suit. He was asked to serve as a Trademark Legal Expert regarding the suit, filed in the Southern District of Florida by local artist Romero Britto against Apple, Inc.
Practice Areas +
- 2003: Florida
- 2003: Illinois
- 2006: United States Patent & Trademark Office
- United States District Courts: Southern, Middle and Northern District of Florida; Northern District of Illinois
- United States Courts of Appeals: Federal, Seventh and Eleventh Circuit
- 2004: L.L.M. in Intellectual Property Law, The John Marshall Law School, with honors
- 2002: J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, with honors, The Order of Barristers, Certificate Degree in Intellectual Property
- 1999: B. S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, cum laude.
- University of Florida Law Alumni Council Executive Committee (Secretary, 2014-2015)
- Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Miami Chapter (Chapter Founder/Steering Committee, 2014)
- Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida (President, 2013) (Vice President, 2012)
- The Florida Bar: Intellectual Property Committee (Chair, 2011-2012) (Vice-Chair, 2008-2011)
- The Florida Bar: Computer & Cyber Law Committee (Chair, 2006-2007) (Vice Chair 2005-2006)
- The Florida Bar: Business Law Executive Council (2005- )
- BioFlorida, Southeast Florida Chapter
- Miami-Dade County Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Committee)
- Electronic Discovery in Florida, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 80, No. 9 (October 2006)
- Trade Secrets in the Digital Age, ABA SciTech Law Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (May 2006)
- Trademark Survey Evidence: Review of Current Trends in the Ninth Circuit, 21 Santa Clara Comp. & High Tech. L. J. 715 (2005)
- Choice of Law in International Copyright: The Split of Authority Between the Second and Ninth Circuits Regarding Extraterritorial Application of the Copyright Act, 10 J. Tech. L. & Pol’y 23 (2005)
- L.L.M. Dissertation, Trademark Surveys: Development of Computer Based Survey Methods, 3 J. Marshall Rev. Intellectual P. L. (2004)
- Stadium Naming Rights: An Assessment of the Contract and Trademark Issues Inherent to Both Professional and Collegiate Stadiums, 2 VA. Sports & Ent. L.J. 328 (2003)
- Florida Privacy Law: Application of Intentional Tort Principles and Florida’s Right to Privacy as Safeguards to Private Dissemination of Private Information, 4 Fla. Coastal L.J. 139 (2003)
- The Impact of Copyright Law on Distance Education Programs: How Fair Use and the CONFU Guidelines May Shape the Future of Academia, 27 S. Ill U.L.J. 321 (2003)
- Florida Super Lawyers: 2013 – 2015
- South Florida Lawyers Guide (Intellectual Property Law): 2013, 2014
- Best Lawyers in America (Copyright Law, Miami), since 2013
- Miami Daily Business Review, Rising Stars: 2013
- Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars: 2010 – 2012
- Florida Trend Legal Elite, Up and Comers 2010, 2012
- 40 Under 40 Outstanding Attorneys of Miami-Dade County: 2009