- Trademark Litigation, Enforcement, and Defense
- Trademark Acquisition, Prosecution, Counseling and Portfolio Management
- Intellectual Property Transactions, Licensing, and Negotiations
- Technology Start Up Services (Formation, Employment Agreements)
- Technology Outside Counsel, Corporate Matters
- Complex Commercial and Technology Related Litigation
2004L.L.M. in Intellectual Property Law, The John Marshall Law School, with honors
2002J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, with honors, The Order of Barristers, Certificate Degree in Intellectual Property
1999B. S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, cum laude.
- 2003: Florida
- 2003: Illinois
- 2006: United States Patent & Trademark Office
- United States District Courts: Southern, Middle and Northern
- District of Florida; Northern District of Illinois
- United States Courts of Appeals: Federal, Seventh & Eleventh Circuit
Mr. Thornburg is a Registered Patent Attorney with extensive experience in trademark, trade dress, dilution, cybersquatting and unfair competition litigation, enforcement and defense. Robert also routinely addresses Internet disputes, domain name arbitrations, as well as privacy disputes (including misappropriation of name or likeness claims under Florida Chapter 540) and related take down proceedings (including under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – as revenge porn claims under the new Florida Sexual Cyberharassment Law).
Robert manages the Miami office of Allen Dyer Doppelt Milbrath & Gilchrist P.A., Florida’s largest intellectual property law firm having six strategic offices throughout the State.
Robert’s law office provides the best of both worlds, the strength and experience of a large multi-faceted 40+ year intellectual property law firm, with the hands on attention, cost-effectiveness and personalized touch of a smaller law practice.
Mr. Thornburg is the co-chair and co-founder of the Miami Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA. In addition he is a past President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida. Likewise, Robert is the past chair of the Florida Bar Intellectual Property Committee, as well as a past chair of the Florida Bar Computer & Cyberlaw Committee.
Mr. Thornburg is an active lecturer on topics relating to intellectual property and electronic discovery and has served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Florida College of Law, University of Miami School of Law, Florida State University College of Law, and the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering. He also has participated in various panels, including Thomson LegalWorks’ 2006 A-Z Electronic Discovery in Miami. While in law school, he served as Vice-Chair of the Moot Court Board, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Law & Policy, and President of the Florida Intellectual Property Law Association.
- South Florida Legal Guide, Up and Comer, Intellectual Property Law (2013 - 2015)
- Miami Daily Business Review, Top 40 under 40 Legal Professionals (2013)
- Best Lawyers in America (2013, 2014. 2015, 2016)
- Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, Intellectual Property Litigation (2009 – 2015)
- Florida Trend Legal Elite, Up and Comers (2010 & 2012)
- 40 Under 40 Outstanding Attorneys of Miami-Dade County, 2009
- Electronic Discovery in Florida, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 80, No. 9 (October 2006)
- Trade Secrets in the Digital Age, ABA SciTech Law Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (May 2006)
- Trademark Survey Evidence: Review of Current Trends in the Ninth Circuit, 21 Santa Clara Comp. & High Tech. L. J. 715 (2005)
- Choice of Law in International Copyright: The Split of Authority Between the Second and Ninth Circuits Regarding Extraterritorial Application of the Copyright Act, 10 J. Tech. L. & Pol’y 23 (2005)
- L.L.M. Dissertation, Trademark Surveys: Development of Computer Based Survey Methods, 3 J. Marshall Rev. Intellectual P. L. (2004)
- Stadium Naming Rights: An Assessment of the Contract and Trademark Issues Inherent to Both Professional and Collegiate Stadiums, 2 VA. Sports & Ent. L.J. 328 (2003)
- Florida Privacy Law: Application of Intentional Tort Principles and Florida’s Right to Privacy as Safeguards to Private Dissemination of Private Information, 4 Fla. Coastal L.J. 139 (2003)
- The Impact of Copyright Law on Distance Education Programs: How Fair Use and the CONFU Guidelines May Shape the Future of Academia, 27 S. Ill U.L.J. 321 (2003)