Principal / Washington, DC / 202-783-5070

Roberto J. Devoto

Roberto Devoto is a Principal in the Washington, DC, office of Fish & Richardson. Mr. Devoto practices patent prosecution management, client counseling, and helps clients establish and grow patent portfolios, design and implement procedures to protect intellectual capital, and formulate company-wide IP strategies and policies. Mr. Devoto’s experience in client counseling includes freedom-to-operate, patentability, validity, and infringement opinion letters, and portfolio and due diligence analysis.

Mr. Devoto’s practice emphasizes/supports post-grant proceedings and electrical subject matter. He has extensive work experience with clients in software (including multi-tenant software architectures, cloud computing, single sign-on technologies, spam filtering, e-mail-related technologies, instant messaging technologies, and search processing), business methods, semiconductor device processing, medical devices, multi-touch sensing technologies, display device technologies, microprocessor architectures, digital memory devices, and telecommunications technologies, including Voice-over-IP (VoIP) technologies, satellite communications technologies (including space-based and ground-based beamforming techniques), and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and contact center communications technologies. Mr. Devoto has had substantial experience in post-grant proceedings, including post-AIA IPR proceedings and pre-AIA ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings. Mr. Devoto has provided the strategic direction for over 30 AIA post grant matters, challenging and defending patents.

Having graduated number one in his class in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1993, Mr. Devoto then obtained a Master’s degree from MIT in 1996 followed by a law degree from Harvard University in 1999, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Devoto’s graduate work at MIT was focused on semiconductor device processing with an emphasis on micromachining technologies, and before beginning his legal career, Roberto worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he specialized in the telecommunications industry and coauthored an Industry Analysis report on the long-haul data communications industry titled “Backbone! How Changes in Technology and the Rise of IP Threaten to Disrupt the Long-Haul Telecom Services Industry.” Mr. Devoto is also an inventor of U.S. Patent No. 6,987,847, titled “Communication Device Monitoring.”



J.D., Harvard Law School 1999
cum laude

M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1996
Electrical Engineering

B.S., University of Michigan 1993
Electrical Engineering
summa cum laude



  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2004
  • Michigan 2002
  • District of Columbia 2004



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