Robert M. Meeks

Patent Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9145 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Bob has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for electronic, telecommunications, software, semiconductor, and electromechanical inventions, with special emphasis on electric power technologies, such as data center power distribution, microgrid control, distributed generation, uninterruptible power supplies, electrical switchgear and motor controls.  His practice also includes patent prosecution support for licensing campaigns, counseling on infringement matters, and IP landscape analysis for new products and emerging companies. 

Prior to his legal career, Bob served as a senior design engineer with the Electronic Systems Group of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the area of design and integration of advanced controls for airborne radar and electro-optic systems.  He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law and his B.S. and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.  He has been practicing patent law since 1995. 


  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1995
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984

Representative Experience

Built patent portfolios for several divisions of a Fortune 500 diversified manufacturer.

Developed an offensive patent strategy to address a competitive threat to one of a manufacturer's most important product lines.

Conducted patent prosecution exploiting a client's existing portfolio to enhance revenue extraction from a licensing pool relating to communications technologies.

Conducted technology landscape analysis to aid in identifying new product opportunities for an energy technology startup.

Represented a startup in due diligence by investor IP counsel to help secure 26 million dollars of Series A financing.

Evaluated a patent portfolio to guide an acquisition of enabling technology for a grid-connected product.

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

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