Robert Plotkin, Esq. is an experienced intellectual property lawyer who has prosecuted hundreds of patents for clients in the computer hardware and software industries. He takes an active interest in and provides individualized service to each client, no matter how large or how small, because he recognizes that every invention is unique and deserving of special attention.


He worked at two leading Boston patent law firms before founding Robert Plotkin, P.C., where he now dedicates his time to providing exceptional and systematic patent protection services tailored to the unique needs of each client.

Attorney Plotkin blends his practical patent law expertise with an extensive academic background and ongoing work as a leading software patent theorist and educator. He holds a degree from MIT in Computer Science and Engineering and has an extensive background in computer science shared by few other attorneys. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Boston University School of Law, where he teaches an advanced course entitled “Software and the Law.” Boston University School of Law’s Intellectual Property program has been named among the top 10 in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report.

Attorney Plotkin’s unique approach to and theory of intellectual property protection for software is reflected in his publications in leading law journals and presentations at legal and technical conferences worldwide. His clients, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to individual inventors, benefit from his distinctive fusion of innovative legal theory with sound and careful legal practice based on years of experience. He has written and spoken internationally on topics including software patents, First Amendment protection for computer software, trademark and domain name disputes, patent licensing, electronic court filing, and electronic privacy in the workplace.

Attorney Plotkin’s upcoming book from Stanford University Press, The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law and Business, will be the first to explain how computers are automating the process of inventing and how the automation of invention is affecting inventors, high-tech companies, consumers, and the legal profession. Read more about how computers are automating invention at Attorney Plotkin’s blog, “Automating Invention”.


Contact the Law Office of Patent Lawyer Robert Plotkin

We welcome your questions about our law firm and our patent protection services. We provide flexible in-person and telephone appointment times to accommodate our clients’ schedules.

Each new client receives a complimentary 30-minute consultation.

Toll-Free: 877.451.5689

Office Phone: 978.318.9914