Robert N. Crouse

Patent Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9133 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Bob primarily focuses on patent protection in the areas of semiconductor devices (including non-volatile memories and RF filters/oscillators), audio technologies, biomedical devices, power systems, solid state lighting, and related software. 

He also has significant experience drafting invalidity and non-infringement opinions as a defense to willfulness, representing clients during due diligence, counseling clients in the acquisition of technology, negotiating disputes over patent license agreements, and conducting strategic prosecution as part of a litigation strategy. He has helped numerous clients develop a robust patent portfolio; a number of the patents Bob has drafted and prosecuted have been successfully litigated against large multi-national corporations. 

Bob is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Bar, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims bar. He is a past Chair of the Intellectual Property (IP) Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and received the IP Section’s 2010 Pro Bono award for his handling of appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and continues to represent Veterans before the Court. He is listed in the 2014 to 2018 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property, the 2018 North Carolina Legal Elite for Patents, Best Lawyers in America 2019 and a Global IP Star for 2019.


  • J.D., Wake Forest School of Law, 1997
  • B.S, Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, 1983

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Global IP Star," Managing Intellectual Property, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018 - 2019
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property, 2015-2017
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2009, 2018
  • North Carolina Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section Pro Bono award, 2010

Legal Elite

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Intellectual Property, Military & Veterans Law
  • The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (volunteer attorney)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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