Practice Areas

Rob Burtzlaff’s IP practice includes IP landscaping and due diligence reviews, patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, and freedom-to-operate (FTO) studies. He also serves as an expert witness in technical and intellectual property legal issues.


The technical focus of his practice includes many areas of software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things, computer technology, silicon structures and processes, automotive technology, communications, networks, databases, datacenters, cloud computing, internet systems, biotech, and many other areas.



  • Guided start-ups through Fortune 10 companies with respect to identifying IP for protection, filing for patent protection, and prosecuting patent applications
  • Provided assistance to U.S. clients with respect to patent filings in foreign countries
  • Assisted clients with internal IP quality and value audits


Prior Professional Experience

Suvolta, Inc.

Tessera, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Zerox Corpoartion

Locke Reynolds Boyd & Weisell

Barns and Thornburg



Juris Doctorate, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1989

BS Physics, University of Notre Dame, 1984

Robert Burtzlaff

Attorney at Law

Office  408.288.7588

Fax  408.288.7542


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