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Robert J. Rando

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Robert Rando is a partner with the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Rando focuses his practice on patent and other intellectual property infringement disputes. He is experienced in a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, silicon chip manufacturing, biotechnology products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, food additives, alternative energy products, consumer electronics, communications, security, Internet, and e-commerce. 

Mr. Rando has more than 30 years of federal civil litigation experience and has litigated disputes in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), and several other United States District Courts across the country. In addition to intellectual property matters, Mr. Rando has also handled litigation matters involving antitrust, civil rights, complex commercial disputes, class action, product liability, employment discrimination and other employment disputes, and ERISA cases.

Mr. Rando has extensive appellate court experience, including having served as counsel of record or co-counsel on numerous Amicus brief filings before the United States Supreme Court and Federal Circuit on various intellectual property, constitutional and administrative law issues from 2006 to the present.

Mr. Rando is a Fellow of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters and, since 2004, has served by judicial appointment as a Special Master in numerous cases involving complex patent law issues. He has also served as a Mediator in several private mediations all with successful outcomes and as a Neutral in patent and non-patent cases. 

Mr. Rando has also worked closely with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) leaders and is actively engaged in federal judiciary matters. Along with other Federal Bar Association (FBA) patent practitioners he developed and conducted a series of lectures in 2012 on the America Invents Act (AIA), and along with other New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) patent practitioners he provided a lecture on Alice/Mayo/Section 101 patent eligibility issues in 2018, for the SDNY and EDNY Patent Pilot Program Judges, Magistrate Judges and Law Clerks. He represented the NYIPLA and FBA at the Tillis/Coons Section 101 Patent Law Reform Roundtable discussions and, on behalf of the FBA IPLS, submitted written testimony included in the record at the June 11, 2019 hearing.

As a member of the EDNY Litigation Advisory Committee since 2005, Mr. Rando has worked alongside other practitioners, members of the judiciary and academia reviewing and providing input and commentary on proposed rules changes to the Federal Rules and the EDNY local rules. Mr. Rando also served as a member of the joint EDNY/SDNY Committee on Local Patent Rules.

Mr. Rando began his legal career as an Associate with Skadden Arps, later moving to Kenyon & Kenyon. Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Rando founded and led his own firm for nearly 25 years. Before attending law school, he served as a Systems Analysis Engineer at Sperry Corporation, now a part of Lockheed Martin. In this role, Mr. Rando helped design, develop, implement, and analyze computer software that could use advanced mathematics as part of nuclear submarine navigation and weapons systems under a government required security clearance.

Mr. Rando is a published author and frequent lecturer at law schools, bar associations, CLE programs and trade groups on constitutional law, administrative law, patent law and other IP law issues.


EDNY Litigation Advisory Committee, Member, 2005 – present

Academy of Court Appointed Masters, Fellow, 2014 – present

Association of Amicus Counsel, Founding Member, 2017 – present

Honorable William C. Conner Inn of Court, Master, 2012 – present

Federal Bar Association (“FBA”), Member, 2005 – present

  • FBA Government Relations Committee, Member, 2010 – 2019
  • FBA Intellectual Property Law Section, Chair, 2015 – 2018
  • FBA Intellectual Property Law Section, Board Member, 2017 – present

FBA EDNY Chapter, Founding Member, 2005

  • President, 2008 – 2010
  • National Delegate, 2011 – 2012
  • Board Member, 2005 – present

New York Intellectual Property Law Association (“NYIPLA”), Member, 1990 – present

  • Second Vice President, 2020 – 2021
  • Treasurer, 2015 – 2018
  • Board Member, 2015 – present
  • Programs Committee, Board Liaison, 2015 – 2016
  • Programs Committee, Co-Chair, 2011 – 2015
  • Amicus Curiae Committee, Member, 2004 – present
  • Patent Litigation Committee, Member, 2004 – 2013
  • Legislative Action Committee, Member, 2018 – present
  • PTAB Committee, Board Liaison, 2020 – present
  • PTAB Committee, Member, 2019 – present

The Federalist Society, Member, 2017 - present

  • Intellectual Property Practice Group Executive Committee, Member, 2019 - present

Community Involvement

St. John’s University School of Law, Guest Lecturer

St. John’s University School of Law, Moot Court and Mock Trial Judge

Hofstra University School of Law, Guest Lecturer

Hofstra University School of Law, Moot Court Judge

Touro Law Center, Guest Lecturer

Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset, NY, Mock Trial Program Founder & Mentor

New York State Bar Association, Moot Court and Mock Trial Mentor

Kings Park High School, Kings Park, NY, Moot Court Mentor

Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, Moot Court Judge

Practice Highlights



Speaking Engagements



St. John’s University School of Law, JD, with honors, 1989

Hofstra University, BS, with honors, 1983

Bar Admissions

New York

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. Court of Federal Claims