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T. Robert Rehm, Jr.

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Bea Platt
Phone: 919.821.6641


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.

  • 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)
  • 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

News & Publications



  • 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

Events & Webinars


  • Presenter, "Maintaining Intellectual Property Rights," NCSU Entrepreneurship Initiative, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Intersection of Intellectual Property Law and Bankruptcy Law," NC Bar Association CLE Webinar, Cary, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Software-as-a-Service License Agreements," Meeting of the Intellectual Property Law Society of Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Modernize and Improve Workflow – Compliance and Professional Responsibility," Citrix ShareFile Webinar, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Whether Lawyers Have a Role in the Science of Security," NCSU Science of Security Community Forum, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Panelist, "SaaS Vendors and Users - Peaceful Co-existence in the Cloud," LegalTech® New York 2015, New York, N.Y.
  • Presenter, "IT Security for Law Firms," 2014 NCSU Science of Security Community Forum, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Overview of Government-Funded Inventions," NC Central University School of Law Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review 2014 Symposium, Durham, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Source Code Escrow as a Risk Mitigation Tool in Transitioning to EHR," 2013 NCSU Healthcare IT Forum, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Changes in Patent Law," NC Central University School of Law Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review 2013 Symposium, Durham, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Panel Discussion, Intellectual Property and the Creative Arts," Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law 2012 Spring Symposium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Presenter, Panel Discussion, "Navigating the AIA and Its Effect on U.S. Patent Law," NC Central University School of Law Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review 2012 Symposium, Durham, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Managing Risk Exposure in Transitioning to EHR," Fifth Annual NCSU Healthcare IT Forum, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Intellectual Property Issues for Start-Ups," Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts class in NCSU’s Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Initiative program, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Recent Developments in Patent Law and Their Impact on Biotechnology Research and Development," NC Central University’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), Durham, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Computer Software and Related Hardware in the Context of Healthcare IT," joint meeting of the NCSU chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Technology Transfer DOs and DON'Ts," NC Central University School of Law Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review Symposium, Durham, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Panel Discussion: Intellectual Property - Cradle to Grave," Wake Forest Business and Intellectual Property Law Journal 2011 Spring Symposium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Moderator, "The Future of Biotech and Gene Patents," Panel discussion at Duke University School of Law's 10th Annual Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Symposium, Durham, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Panel Discussion: Issues Related to Developments Within Science and Intellectual Property," NC Central University School of Law Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Institute and Law Review Symposium, Durham, N.C.
  • Panel Discussion Participant, "Innovation, Invention and Intellectual Property," NC Technology Association, RTP, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Navigating the Open-Source Minefield: What is a Business To Do?," Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal 2010 Spring Symposium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Moderator, "New Frontiers in Online Trademark: Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) and Non-Roman Domains," Panel discussion at Duke University School of Law's 9th Annual Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Symposium, Durham, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Whether Adequate Written Description and Enablement Constitute Separate Statutory Requirements for Patentability," Meeting of the Patent Law Subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the NC Bar Association, Cary, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Fundamental Legal Principles Relating to the Management of Intellectual Property Rights," Meeting of the North Carolina Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Durham, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Legal Issues for North Carolina Professional Engineers," Construction Specifications Institute Seminar, Chapel Hill, N.C.

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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