Erick Robinson is an experienced trial lawyer, patent litigator, and IP strategist with a technical background in computer science, electronics, and biotechnology.  He focuses on bet-the-business patent cases on both the plaintiff and defendant side for clients from Fortune 100 companies to sole inventors.  A U.S. patent attorney, he also has broad experience in patent monetization and licensing.

Erick has managed and tried patent cases in the United States and around the world, including multi-jurisdictional cases in China, Germany, France, Brazil, Vietnam, and Singapore.  In the United States, Erick focuses on patent litigation in federal district courts as well as the International Trade Commission and spends much of his time in the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.  In addition, he has broad experience litigating and trying trade secret disputes. He also has deep experience litigating inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  He is a certified Texas mediator.

Erick has more than 20 years of patent litigation experience at large law firms and companies.  In addition to his time at top law firms Weil, Gotshal & Manges and McKool Smith, he also previously served as Director of Patents for Qualcomm and as Senior Patent Counsel at Red Hat.  He also served as Director of Patent Litigation at a top Chinese law firm.

Erick is a trusted authority on patent and antitrust law in the United States, China, and Europe and has been selected as one of the Leading 300 IP Strategists Worldwide by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) every year since 2014 as well as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Intellectual Property Litigation.

He authors both the China Patent Blog and Waco Patent Blog and has published dozens of articles on U.S. and Chinese patent litigation.  Erick is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Intellectual Asset Management, and other publications on Chinese patent and antitrust issues.

Erick began his legal career at a top Wall Street law firm negotiating and drafting technology agreements before moving back to his home in Texas.

Honors & Recognitions

Litigation settlement was named one of the “Top 10 patent developments of 2019” worldwide by IAM

Selected for 2021 IAM Strategy Global Leaders

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists

Access to Justice Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service by the Legal Aid Society of New York

2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation

Sigma Xi  Scientific Research Honor Society

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant

  • IAM 300 Global Leaders
  • Sigma XI
  • Super Lawyers Texas



J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2000

Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Masters in Business Analytics, Indiana University – Kelley School of Business, 2021

B.A., Pomona College, 1993



New York

United States Patent & Trademark Office

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


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