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Bea Platt
Phone: 919.821.6641
Fax: 919.821.6800

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Alabama (Special Member)
  • Virginia (Associate Member)
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993

University of Alabama at Birmingham, M.B.A., 1990

University of Notre Dame, B.S., Engineering Science, summa cum laude, 1971


  • Law Clerk, Senior Circuit Judge Edward S. Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C., 1993-1994
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T. Robert Rehm, Jr.

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6724
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Robert Rehm practices primarily in the areas of technology licensing and commercialization and the acquisition, licensing, and protection of intellectual property rights. His practice involves assisting individual and corporate clients, both public and private, from start-ups to globally-based companies, in a variety of industries to evaluate and integrate software and other technology-related assets into their respective businesses and counseling such clients in connection with issues arising out of their utilization of such software and other assets. His experience includes drafting and negotiating a wide variety of license, assignment, confidentiality, joint venture, alliance, and other types of collaborative agreements directed to technology commercialization, including with respect to government-funded and other intellectual property research and development activity in the academic sector; prosecution and defense of trademark registration applications and related appeals and opposition proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and World Intellectual Property Organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and copyright registration applications before the United States Copyright Office, respectively; counseling in connection with patent-related matters and the intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, development of pharmaceutical and medical devices and products, and other commercial transactions; and counseling in connection with issues relating to the legal/engineering interface in construction-related transactions and disputes.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Robert practiced in the Washington, D.C. area at two international law firms, Hogan Lovells (f/k/a Hogan & Hartson LLP) and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and antitrust law with particular emphasis on technology licensing and commercialization, patent litigation and licensing, and intellectual property counseling. Robert was a practicing electrical engineer for 16 years prior to embarking on a legal career.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, Citrix Sharefile Advisory Panel, 2015
  • Board of Directors, StepUp Ministry (Raleigh), 2015
  • Board of Directors, StepUp Ministry (North Carolina), 2016
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 1996-2010
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1989-2010
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Steering Committee, North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program
  • Wake County/Tenth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Chairman, North Carolina Museum of History Associates, 2012-2013
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Alabama (Inactive Status)
  • Certified Professional Manager (Retired Status)

Honors & Awards

  • Pro Bono Advisory Council, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Board of Advisors, Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law
  • Alabama Army National Guard, 1971-1977
  • Editor in Chief, Cumberland Law Review, 1992-1993
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society
  • Curia Honoris
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor (Intellectual Property Licensing) – Wake Forest University School of Law, 2012-present
  • Adjunct Professor (Intellectual Property Licensing) – Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, 2011-2015
  • Faculty Member (U.S. Trademark and Copyright Law), Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, 1998
  • Mentor, Campbell Law Connections Mentor Program



  • Co-author, Intellectual Property: Fueling the Health Care Reform Engine, 11 Wake Forest J. of Bus. and Intell. Prop. L. 147, 2011
  • Author, Improve Your HITECH IQ, North Carolina Medical Group Managers News, Vol. 22, No. 1, 1st Quarter 2011
  • Author, Navigating the Open Source Minefield: What's a Business to Do?, 10 Wake Forest Intell. Prop. L.J. 289, 2010
  • Author, A Practitioner's Perspective on How to Create, Share, and Maintain Intellectual Property Rights In the United States, Inside the Minds, Managing Technology Legal Issues 95, Aspatore Books 2008
  • Author, Note, An Expansion of the Interpretation of Federal Rule of Evidence 603 to Allow for Alternative Affirmations as Formulated by the Witness, 22 Cumb. L. Rev. 163, 1991-1992
  • Co-author: Edward M. Prince et al., Intent-To-Use Trademark Applications and Their Registration Effects: A Comparison of the Canadian and United States Systems, 9 Can. Intell. Prop. Rev. 281, 1993
  • Author, Free & Easy, Notre Dame Tech. Rev., March 1970, at 28