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Phone: (415) 823-8214

576 Greenwich Street

San Francisco, CA 94133

Robert Morrill

Profession:

Lawyer - Arbitrator and Mediator

Current Employer:

MorrillADR

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Copyrights ✔ Engineering
✔ Intellectual Property ✔ Internet
✔ Joint Ventures ✔ Licensing
✔ Media & Communications ✔ Mergers & Acquisitions
✔ Mining ✔ Partnerships
✔ Pharmaceuticals ✔ Real Estate
✔ Software ✔ Technology
✔ Telecommunications ✔ Trademarks
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes

Experience:

I have been a trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator for over 40 years, with a practice focusing on business disputes, including technology-related and intellectual property litigation. I have been appointed as an arbitrator in over 125 disputes, many involving technology or intellectual property issues.

Work History:

I served as a law clerk to Judge William E. Orr of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I was a founder/partner of Skjerven, Morrill Macpherson in 1976, which became one of the leading intellectual property boutiques in Silicon Valle, and then joined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in 2003. Since my retirement in 2012 I have been a full time arbitrator, mediator and special master. I have also taught patent litigation and intellectual property law as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco.

Cases:

Representative cases handled as a sole arbitrator or panel member include: • Breach of contract claims arising from the international sale of software and technology to design and manufacture chipsets for wireless devices. • Contract and fraud claims arising from purchase of a major international engineering firm • Patent and technology ownership issues regarding quartz inertial sensor solid state gyroscope patent and technology • Claims for nonperformance under a contract between Japanese and Taiwanese parties for the manufacture of chips for camcorders • Technology ownership, contract and tort issues arising from alleged failure to develop interactive product sales website • Claims for indemnity against semiconductor manufacturer by customer whose end products were accused of patent infringement • Technology transfer and contract claims arising from contract licensing DNA micro array technology • Breach of contract claims arising from alleged misuse of license for credit reporting computer software • Breach of contract claims arising from termination of software reseller's license • Contract breach issues involving design and production of custom integrated circuit for a video camera • Breach of contract issues involving a license to resell software • Breach of contract to provide worldwide air charter services for multi-branch international school • Claims arising from law firm dissolutions, including allocation of assets and liabilities, ownership of name and client accounting issues • Infringement of patents in the electronics, communications, electric lighting, construction, earthmoving equipment and other areas • Claims arising from alleged breach of license to medical laser patent and know-how • Claims for termination of license to major apparel trademark • Claims involving computation of earn out in sale of telephone exchange • Issues arising from alleged breach of an agreement to purchase optical disk products • Claims for software license breach including interpretation of license provisions and computation of damages • Claims for breach and wrongful termination of agreement to outsource IT services for a major Silicon Valley technology company • Patent ownership and trade secret claims involving silicon polymer chemistry processes for manufacturing semiconductor circuit products • Claims between Southeast Asian companies concerning the design and implementation of a factory system for tracking and controlling semiconductor manufacture • Claims against a major US mobile phone carrier for inaccurate billing and phantom telephone charges • Claims arising from a contract for search engine optimization (SEO) • Claims for breach of sellers’ covenants in an acquisition of an electronics testing company, including claims of failure to provide GAAP-compliant financial statements • Breach of contract claims regarding obligations of distributor of major international sports equipment and apparel brand to contribute to fund for promotion of the mark • Many cases involving contracts for development of websites and software programs

Training:

I have had extensive training as an arbitrator since I began acting as a neutral over thirty years ago. Recent training includes: • ICC: The Conduct of Proceedings and Case Management – the Arbitrator’s Perspective, 2017 • CIArb: Arbitrating Patent Disputes: Innovative Approaches and New Concerns, 2017 (Faculty Member) • AAA Roundtables 2014-present: Recent Arbitration Case Updates; Mediation Legal Updates; Arbitration Panels; Substance Abuse and the Twinkie Defense in ADR; Arbitrator Use and Misuse of Experts; Jurisdiction; and many other topics. • AAA: It’s Not Just “Litigation Lite” – Making Rulings on Evidentiary Objections, 2015 • AAA: Dispositive Motions in Arbitration, 2015 • AAA: Damages for Neutrals, 2015 • Golden Gate University Law School 14th Annual Recent Developments in IP Law and Policy Conference: Developments in Patent Law, 2015 (Faculty Member) • AAA: Decision Making Skills for Arbitrators, 2014 • AAA: Dealing with the Pro Se Party, 2014 • Bar Association of San Francisco: Significant Arbitration Cases in 2013 • AAA: What's a Respondent Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Confronting Arbitrability and Jurisdiction Issues in Arbitration, 2013 • Golden Gate University Law School 10th Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: The Year in IP Law: Patent ‘Reform, 2011 (Faculty Member) • Berkeley Journal of International Law, Advancing Arbitration: An Examination of Modern Trends in International Arbitration, 2010 • Golden Gate University Law School 9th Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: The Federal Circuit Takes On Patent Damages Reform, 2010 (Faculty Member) • NCCAVS Plasma Applications Group: A Patent Owner's Forum of Choice - The Rise of the ITC, 2010 (Speaker) • ICC: East Meets West: Evolving Issues in International Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region, 2010 • Golden Gate University Law School 8th Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Trickle Down Jurisprudence, 2009 U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California; Effectively Mediating Claims About Money, 2009. • Golden Gate University Law School 7th Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: The Patent Pendulum Reverses, 2009 • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: Arbitrator, Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator training • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: Monthly Advanced Mediation Practice Group 2 meetings 2004-present

License:

Admitted to practice in: • California • Nevada • All U.S. District Courts in California and Nevada • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Federal Circuits • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office • U.S. Supreme Court

Awards:

Appointed to the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals Named as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005-2013 and in Alternative Dispute Resolution 2014-201. Named to the Best Lawyers in America in Litigation - Intellectual Property and Patent Law 2013-2019. Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law 2013-2019.

Panels:

American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel (Large & Complex Case and Technology specialty panels); CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals; (Technology, Cross-Border and San Francisco specialty panels). Robert has also served on International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration and International Center for Dispute Resolution panels.

Associations:

California and Nevada Bar Associations Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Education:

University of Nevada B. S. in Mining Engineering with four-year honors; Harvard Law School J. D. cum laude.

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