Robert Ray is a Patent Attorney with Billion Armitage. Robert practices intellectual property law in the electrical, computer, and mechanical arts.
Robert received his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, and his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.
Prior to joining Billion Armitage, Robert served as a Director level in-house counsel for a major global semiconductor company, first in Munich, Germany and then in El Segundo, California. In his in-house role, Robert managed large global patent portfolios directed to power circuitry and systems, packaging, and wide band gap semiconductor fabrication technologies. In addition, Robert was responsible for integrating the patent portfolio of a major acquisition. Robert was also responsible for various defensive licensing campaigns, freedom to operate clearance, IP contract negotiations, and IP due diligence for merger and acquisition opportunities.
Robert’s significant experience working closely with German and European attorneys as in-house counsel for a European company enables him to uniquely provide global IP counseling to clients located both in the US and abroad.
Prior to serving as in-house counsel, Robert practiced patent law as an associate for various IP firms in the Twin Cities. Robert’s early practice focused on patent preparation and prosecution in the electrical and mechanical arts, including video coding and display technology, smartphone application software, radiation hardened aeronautical circuitry, automotive sense and control, server technology, semiconductor device fabrication, and medical device instrumentation.