Intellectual Property

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About Us

Rely on §Payne IP Law when you need a law firm with intellectual property litigation expertise. Led by Robert W. Payne, our experienced and competent team is ready to meet all of your needs. We will meet you in person at your office or at our office in San Jose.

Robert W. Payne


Clients appreciate how practical and cost effective our resolutions are when it comes to a dispute. Payne IP Law combines decades of experience with both judgment and practicality.   We are attentive.  We are prompt.

Our vast experience empowers us to gets results.  Although we have worked with both individuals and large corporations, our focus is working with smaller companies who have one or no in-house counsel.  By collaborating with patent and business firms as needed, we produce cost-effective results.


[Size Does Matter: Tailored to the Needs of Growing Businesses]

We combine the intimacy of a small firm's direct, engaged contact with decades of experience and resources beyond our firm's borders.  We work with AV-rated patent and business/litigation firms in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, focused on the needs of businesses who have no in-house IP counsel.  Whether you have a $50,000 or a $5 million case, we're tailored to your size and your dispute.  Don't overspend on an overstaffed, high-rate law firm if your matter doesn't need it or your revenues can't afford it.  If you're a bigger company, not every dispute is a "bet the company" case, meriting multi-layered lawyering.  No charges for internal memos and group meetings.  No conflicts of interest problems that plague large firms.  No handing off to a junior associate.  Don't settle for second-class client treatment.

[Experience, Experience, Experience]

It's not the mileage; it's the recognition.  Robert Payne is a former partner of the recognized IP boutique firm of LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, in Monterey.  He served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the California Bar, the third largest IP organization in the U.S.  He's former Chair of both the Patent Litigation and the Trade Secrets Committees of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, 16,000 members strong.  A Super Lawyer of Northern California, for over ten years.  AV-rated for over twenty years. Selected to serve on international patent arbitration body, specializing in resolving the most specialized and consequential patent disputes globally (standards essential patents).  They trust him.  So can you.

[Wherever You Are, We're "Across the Street"]

For over twenty years, Robert Payne has visited client's offices for meetings, at no charge for the travel cost or time.  We can meet you at your convenience.  Of course, we also work digitally and telephonically.

• LL.M. International Law - University College, University of London
• J.D. - University of California, Davis
• B.A. - Stanford University
• AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell
• Super Lawyer™ of Northern California since 2010
Professional and Community Activities
  • Former Chair, Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California
  • Former Editor in Chief, New Matter, Journal of Intellectual Property Section
  • Former Chair, Litigation Interest Group of Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California
  • Vice Chair, Trademark Interest Group, Intellectual Property Section of California Lawyers Ass'n (2019-)
  • Former Chair, Patent Litigation Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Former Chair, Trade Secrets Committee of AIPLA
  • Former Chair, Trademark Remedies Reform Study Group of AIPLA
  • Former Supreme Court law clerk, Supreme Court of Idaho
  • Arbitrator panel, International Arbitration Center (IACT), Tokyo (international SEP patent disputes) and WIPO

  • California, Texas, Washington, Idaho
  • Federal Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts - All California Districts
  • U.S. District Courts - lead counsel in numerous district courts    throughout U.S.
• Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
• Member, California State Bar Intellectual Property Section
• Member, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
Contact us at or (408) 981-4293.