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ROBERT D. CARROLL

PARTNER

  • J.D., 2001
    Yale Law School
    (Coker Fellow)
  • A.B., 1997
    Duke University
    (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
  • 2001 to 2002 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Honorable Edward R. Becker

Rob Carroll is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s IP Litigation Group and a member of the firm’s Antitrust Litigation and Business Litigation Practices. He has experience in intellectual property litigation and counseling, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, false advertising and unfair competition matters. He also has experience in complex antitrust and business litigation. 

In 2011, Mr. Carroll received the firm’s Robert B. Fraser Pro Bono Award for his work providing pro bono legal services for asylum applicants and unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings. He serves as co-chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.

WORK FOR CLIENTS

Trademark, Copyright, Patent, Trade Secret and False Advertising Disputes

Mr. Carroll has experience in trademark litigation, both in federal court and before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board, patent, copyright, trade secret and false advertising litigation. His recent experience includes representing:

  • Nuance Communications, Inc. in multiple trade secret and non-competition disputes
  • British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. in trademark infringement  litigation
  • Innov-X Systems, Inc. in defense of Lanham Act competitor false advertising litigation
  • Honest Tea, Inc. in defense of false advertising class action
  • Olympus NDT in a patent inventorship dispute involving patents related to x-ray fluorescence systems
  • Multiple software companies in enforcing and defending copyright claims

Antitrust Disputes

Mr. Carroll has experience in antitrust litigation and government investigations.  His recent experience includes representing:

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA and Barr Laboratories in defense of putative class actions challenging settlement of Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning Aggrenox
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA and Barr Laboratories in defense of putative class actions challenging settlement of Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning Solodyn
  • Royal Bank of Scotland and affiliates in In re Credit Card Interchange Antitrust Litigation
  • Defendants in multiple confidential investigations before federal and state antitrust agencies

Business Disputes

Mr. Carroll has experience in a broad range of business litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on disputes arising under intellectual property licenses and technology transfer agreements.  His recent experience includes representing:

  • Finisar Corporation in arbitration against JDS Uniphase Corporation arising from breach of patent license agreement
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA in dispute with Shire PLC and Impax Laboratories, Inc. concerning license and distribution agreement
  • Investment funds in sovereign debt litigation against the Republic of Argentina
  • Multiple investment funds in defense of fraudulent conveyance action

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Mr. Carroll is a member of the International Trademark Association, in which he serves on the amicus committee, and the Boston and American Bar Associations. He has provided pro bono legal services for numerous asylum applicants and unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings.

MEDIA

Mr. Carroll’s recent presentations and publications include:

  • “U.S. Trade Secret Law: Issues and Best Practices for Non-U.S. Companies” (Shenzhen, China) (2014)
  • “Patent Litigation Before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and Before MDL Courts” PLI (2013)
  • Assoc. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad: Isolated Human DNA is Not Patent-Eligible Subject Matter” PLI (2013)
  • “Recent Developments in Patent Law and Their Impact on Patent Litigation,” PLI (2010-2012)
  • Caraco v. Novo Nordisk: Supreme Court Alters the Landscape of Hatch-Waxman Litigation,” PLI (2012)
  •  “Therasense: Reshaping the Inequitable Conduct Doctrine,” PLI (2011)
  • “10 Simple Steps to Ensure Software Licensing Compliance,” IP Law 360 (2008)

From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Carroll edited revisions to Copyright Law: A Practitioner's Guide (PLI).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Before joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Carroll was a litigation associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Mr. Carroll is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Second Circuits, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

RECOGNITION

Mr. Carroll has been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star” by Law & Politics and Boston magazine.  In law school, he served as Book & Case Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and as an Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.