Robert W. Downs is a patent agent in the firm’s Electrical/Mechanical practice group. With a strong foundation in engineering and computer science, Mr. Downs brings a skill set and perspective to his practice that includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO, as well as represented clients in Appeals to the USPTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board. Mr. Downs came from a boutique law firm, where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications before the USPTO for leading semiconductor, telecommunications, and Internet companies.

Mr. Downs brings eleven years of patent examining experience having served in several positions at the USPTO. There Mr. Downs served as a primary patent examiner in the art of artificial intelligence, software engineering, and computer security, served as a patent quality review examiner, then served as a patent trainer in the business methods art.

As a former systems engineer in the U.S. Department of the Navy, Mr. Downs worked in surface ship design projects, including reliability, maintainability and availability engineering, and management of projects in artificial intelligence.


  • George Mason University (M.S.)
    • Bioinformatics
  • George Mason University (M.S.)
    • Information Systems
  • Virginia Tech (M.S.)
    • Computer Science
  • Virginia Tech (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering


  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Computing Machinery