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Areas of Practice
  • Electrical & Computers
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
  • Medical Devices
  • Software & E-Commerce
IP Services
  • Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis
  • Post-Grant Proceedings
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Robert Hirning is a registered patent attorney in the Minneapolis office of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. His practice involves nearly all aspects of patent application preparation, patent prosecution, portfolio management, and post-grant proceedings for electrical, software, and mechanical technologies.

Robert’s practice has included work for large public corporations, mid-sized regional companies, startups, and solo inventors. His practice has included representation for a number of local software and med-tech clients in the Twin Cities and in Greater Minnesota/North Dakota, as well national software clients in Silicon Valley and on both coasts.

Robert has experience in a variety of technology areas including: consumer electronic devices, software-driven medical devices, data storage, medical imaging products, health information systems, consumer products, agriculture technologies, and other niche fields. His legal experience also includes general intellectual property and transactional counseling, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, portfolio valuation and analysis, strategic licensing, and open source software license counseling.

Robert’s practice has also involved a significant number of post-grant proceedings, including the preparation of inter partes review petitions and patent owner filings first made available in 2012 under the America Invents Act (AIA). Robert has been involved in a number of reexamination filings, targeted continuations, accelerated and prioritized examination filings, and counseling for co-pending litigation and strategic licensing matters. He also has experience in a prosecution and support role for a number of patent litigations and dispute settlements, including patent litigation for matters drafted and prosecuted by himself and other attorneys at Schwegman.


William Mitchell College of Law
St. Paul, MN 2007, J.D.
Summa Cum Laude

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 2003
B.S., Major: Computer Science

Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Associations
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
Minnesota State Bar Association
Publications & Presentations
Publications & Presentations
Contributory and Vicarious Copyright Infringement in Computer Software – Harming One Form of Intellectual Property by Protecting Another

Chicago-Kent College of Law Journal of Intellectual Property, 6 CHI-KENT J. INTELL. PROP. 10 (Fall 2006)

10 Tips to Avoid a ‘Diehr in the Headlights’ Reaction to Bilski for Computer-Implemented Inventions

Intellectual Property Today (September 2009)

Practical Tips for Protecting Computer–Implemented Inventions Under Bilski and Section 101

Minnesota CLE Webcast, September 2009 (Co-presented)

New USPTO Programs for Reducing Patent Pendency

IP Law 360, January 2010 (Coauthored)

Accelerated Examination: A Second Look – Reconsidering the Benefits of the USPTO’s New Accelerated Examination Program

Landslide Magazine, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 2 No. 4 (March/April, 2010) (Co-authored)

How and Why to Strategically Leverage Accelerated Examination

Minnesota CLE Webcast (December 2010) (Co-presented)

Patents Editor, Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2010
American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (2011)
Past Experience
Past Experience

Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly LLP, Patent Attorney, 2007-2011

Echelon Corporation, Web Developer / Software Engineer, 2002-2004, Web Developer, 2001-2002