Robert L. Baechtold

Senior Counsel
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Bob Baechtold is a patent litigator with significant experience in preparing and arguing intellectual property cases. Bob serves as lead counsel for major international companies involved in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemistry, and polymeric materials. He has also argued numerous appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Bob has extensive experience in arbitrations, both as counsel for the litigants and as an arbitrator. He has served as an arbitrator in United States patent validity and infringement disputes between major companies, and in ICC proceedings involving issues of patent and international substantive and procedural law.


Representative Matters

  • Represented AstraZeneca against Andrx, Genpharm, Dr. Reddy, and Schwartz Pharma on patents related to omeprazole and its formulations
  • Represented Yamanouchi against Danbury Pharmacal on a patent involving famotidine, an anti-ulcer drug
  • Represented Sanofi Aventis and Bristol Myers Squibb against Apotex on a patent on clopidogrel bisulfate, an anticlotting drug
  • Represented Britol Myers Squibb against several generics on patents relating to the anticancer drug Taxol
  • Defended G.D. Searle and Pharmacia against the University of Rochester on COX-2 inhibitor patents
  • Represented a multinational pharmaceuticals company against Hi-Tech on a patent protecting a glaucoma drug
  • Represented Novartis against Teva on a patent protecting famciclovir, an antiviral drug
  • Represented Bausch & Lomb against Alcon on patents related to compositions for disinfecting contact lenses
  • Represented Emory University against GlaxoWellcome Inc. and Biochem Pharma on patents involving antiviral agents for the treatment of HIV
  • Represented UCB against Mylan, Dr. Reddy, Sandoz, and Cobalt on patents related to levetiracetam, a leading epilepsy medicine
  • Represented Astellas against Ranbaxy on patents involving tamsulosin, a drug used to treat phostatic hypertrophy
  • Represented Sankyo against Mylan on patents involving olmesartan medoxomil, an anti-hypertensive drug
  • Represented S.C. Johnson & Son against Gillette and Carter-Wallace on a patent related to Edge® gel shaving cream
  • Defended American Maize Products against Grain Processing Corp. on patents involving maltodextrin food additives
  • Represented Novartis against Eon Laboratories and Abbott Laboratories on patents related to cyclosporin formulations
  • Represented E.I. DuPont against Alzo on patents related to Kevlar® fiber technology
  • Defended Cetus Corp. against Erbamont in ITC proceedings on patents involving the synthesis of doxorubicin
  • Represented Novartis against Dr. Reddy on a patent related to terbinafine, an anti-fungal agent
  • Represented Hoechst Celanese against Allied Chemical on a patent on high-strength tire yarn

Representative Clients

  • Astellas Pharma
  • Sanofi
  • UCB Pharma
  • Bristol Myers
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Novartis




  • J.D. magna cum laude Seton Hall University School of Law 1966
  • B.S. Rutgers University 1958

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Former president, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's Bar Association
  • Former board member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Former board member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Former president, New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association


Bob is known as "an excellent patent litigator, especially in the pharmaceutical field" (Best Lawyers in America), "the dean of pharmaceuticals" (Chambers USA), "the greatest that ever was" in pharmaceutical patent litigation, a "top trial lawyer," and "one of the best in the country" (Chambers Global).

  • Recognized as a Leading IP Practitioner in the World, WIPR, 2017
  • Recognized as New York City Litigation Patent Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2014
  • Recognized as a Top New York City Intellectual Property Litigator, Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2017
  • Recognized as an IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, 2013 - 2015
  • Named a New York Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2011
  • Named Seton Hall University School of Law's 2009 Distinguished Graduate