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Robert Payne
Attorney at Law


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, with 16,000 members strong. A Super Lawyer of Northern California, for over ten years. AV-rated for over twenty years. Selected to serve on an 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 clients' 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.

I don’t care how big or small your matter is. I am here for you and your business.


  • LL.M. - University College, University of London

    • International Law

  • J.D. - University of California, Davis

  • B.A. - Stanford University

Bar Admissions

  • California

  • Texas

  • Washington

  • Idaho

  • Federal Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. District Courts - All California Districts

  • U.S. District Courts - lead counsel in numerous district courts throughout the U.S.

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

  • Chair, Trademark Interest Group, Intellectual Property Section of California Lawyers Ass’n (2022-)

  • 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


  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

  • Member, California State Bar Intellectual Property Section

  • Member, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association


  • AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell

  • Super Lawyer™ of Northern California since 2010