Robert Cogan – Continuum Law

10085 Carroll Canyon Rd Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92131-1138, United States

Practice/Organization Description

Robert P. Cogan is the Principal Attorney at Continuum Law. He is a legal and business advisor to a wide spectrum of clients including high tech, industrial, commercial and financial businesses, universities and individual entrepreneurs.

SUMMARY OF PRACTICE AREAS

--Technology, Life Sciences and Industrial Contracts

Drafting and negotiation of contracts;

Maintaining relations with suppliers, customers, and upper and lower tier contractors;

Definition of specifications and statements of work;

Contract dispute resolution.

--Joint Business Opportunities

Teaming agreements;

Strategic partnerships;

Joint research agreements.

--Software

Software licenses;

Development agreements;

Consultant agreements.

--Government Contracts

SBIRs/STTRs, NIH grants;

Department of Defense, NASA, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies;

State agencies;

Canadian Department of National Defence, British Ministry of Defence.

--Effective exploitation of intellectual property

Patent, trademark, and copyright portfolio development;

Strategies for cost-effective use of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights;

Recognition and protection of trade secrets;

Administering worldwide patent and trademark portfolios;

Licensing of patented and unpatented technology and products;

Intellectual property enforcement through negotiation;

Evaluation of business models.

--IP Valuation

Recognition of intellectual assets to strengthen the balance sheet;

Formulation of proposed royalty rates for licenses;

Evaluation of patents for sale and other purposes;

Due diligence for acquisitions and investments.

--FDA Medical Devices Regulation

Positioning new products in proper FDA classifications and product codes;

Medical device listings;

Getting new products on the market in compliance with FDA regulations.

Prior to returning to private practice in 1997, Mr. Cogan was, during the 1980s and 1990s, chief patent counsel of EG&G, Inc, then a Fortune 200 company with diversified high technology operations on all seven continents. His prior experience also includes operational management in a medical devices company. Mr. Cogan began his patent career in the General Electric Company Patent Lawyer Development Program in Washington, DC in 1966.

He is a frequent speaker before numerous professional groups and a guest lecturer at the University of California San Diego Rady School of Management. Topics include intellectual property business strategy, government contracting, technology transfer and licensing, high tech transactions and valuation of intellectual property. He recently presented a panel on Virtual Companies to the San Diego Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.

Bar Admissions

CA Inactive -DC, OH.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and a number of other federal courts

Education

Juris Doctor, George Washington University National Law Center, 1970

B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering, The Cooper Union in New York City, 1966

Professional Associations & Memberships

San Diego County Bar Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Consultants Group, San Diego Venture Group.

Areas of Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
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