Robert L. Titley, Retired Partner


Until he retired as of September 30, 2015, Bob practiced in all areas of trademark law, which included searches and advice regarding selection and clearance of trademarks, trademark registration prosecution, trademark oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enforcing trademark rights in court, defending trademark infringement claims, and trademark licensing; as well as international trademark registrations, oppositions, litigation, and licensing. Argued: Kohler Co. v. Moen Incorporated, 12 F.3d 632, 29 USPQ2d 1241 (7th Cir. 1993); The Forum Corp. of North America v. The Forum Ltd., 903 F2d 434, 14 USPQ2d 1950 (7th Cir. 1990).

Education and Honors

  • Duke University (J.D., 1973)
    • Member Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal. Order of the Coif.
  • University of Michigan (A.B., 1970)

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1974

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Member: State Bar of Wisconsin; State Bar of Michigan; International Trademark Association; Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Wisconsin Montessori Society, Inc.; Director, 1983-1992; President, 1987-1989; Treasurer, 1983-1987; Capital Campaign Co-chair, late 1990's
  • St. John the Evangelist Cathedral Parish; Development Committee, 2009-present; Faith in Our Future Capital Campaign, Advance Commitment Committee Co-chair, 2008

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AVĀ® Peer Review Rated

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • "Great Idea! Now What?" (co-author), presentation for Law Review CLE seminar, April 12, 2011
  • "Ethics for IP Lawyers: How the Ethics Rules Affect both Lawyers and Clients," presentation at Quarles & Brady's 2008 Ethics Seminar, November 7, 2008
  • "Ethics for IP (Trademark) Lawyers," presentation for Milwaukee Bar Association, December 6, 2007
  • "Basic Federal Trademark Law" (co-author), February 9, 2001 presentation for CLE seminar
  • "Trademarks, Service Marks, and Trade Names for Litigators," June 26, 2000
  • "Developing Your Hidden Assets: Goodwill and Company Identity: Trademarks, Service Marks, and Trade Names," October 14, 1999 presentation
  • "Trademark Protection," September 16, 1994 presentation
  • "Trademark Selection and Clearance," May 25, 1993 presentation