Robert (Rob) Tarcu is a partner in the Electrical Patent Prosecution practice group. Using his technical knowledge and legal expertise, Mr. Tarcu provides counseling on a wide range of matters including patentability, portfolio management, and patent prosecution strategies. Having worked as a Patent Examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), he understands both sides of the patent prosecution spectrum and is experienced in effective examiner interviewing strategies and prosecution procedures. Mr. Tarcu regularly conducts interviews with USPTO Examiners to advance his clients' positions and expedite the prosecution of applications. He is also experienced in application drafting techniques that aid in efficient prosecution.

Mr. Tarcu has drafted and prosecuted applications for domestic and foreign companies, financial institutions, and start-up businesses in a wide array of technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), image processing, audio and video processing, printers, telecommunications, networking, optical systems, 3-D imaging, computer software, gaming, avionics, medical devices, and consumer electronics. He is also well-versed in the business method and e-commerce space in the post-Alice environment.

Mr. Tarcu's focus on patent drafting and prosecution matters dates back to law school, during which time he worked as a summer associate at an intellectual property law firm in New York, as a patent law intern at a Minnesota-based intellectual property firm, as a patent law extern at DEKA Research and Development Corporation in New Hampshire, and as a summer associate at Oblon.


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (J.D.)
    • previously, Franklin Pierce Law Center
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S.)
    • Computer & Systems Engineering


  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Virginia


  • Romanian

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)