Robert T. Vlasis III focuses extensively on investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission and on patent litigation in various district courts.
Mr. Vlasis has litigated thirteen ITC investigations, including by serving on seven trial teams. He consistently takes a leading role in complex, multi‑defendant, multi-jurisdictional patent litigations, from pre-suit investigation, to case management and strategy, critical and expert witness depositions, oral argument on pre-trial motions, cross-examination at trial, settlement negotiation, and briefing on appeal. He has experience with a wide variety of complex technologies relating to cellular and wireless communications, smartphones and tablets, medical devices, and wearable devices and fitness technology. Representative matters include a variety of work for GE, Samsung, Microsoft, and Under Armour.
Mr. Vlasis is also dedicated to pro-bono matters and defending the rights of LGBT people and people with HIV. For instance, he co-authored an amicus brief in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court case that terminated same-sex marriage bans. And his representation of immigrant clients fighting deportation as a result of the now-repealed HIV travel and immigration ban was featured in multiple, international media outlets including the Los Angeles Times and the BBC, among others. Mr. Vlasis has been recognized for his pro-bono work, which earned Weil the HIV Law Project’s Distinguished Pro Bono Legal Service Award.
Mr. Vlasis is a frequent contributor to various publications and has co-authored articles on ITC practice, inter partes reviews (IPRs), patent reform, and pro bono matters.
Prior to joining Weil, Mr. Vlasis worked as a senior accounting analyst at Exxon Mobil Corp., where he earned a certificate in Oil & Gas Accounting and was ranked among the top tier of employees worldwide.
Mr. Vlasis is a member of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and the ITC section of the American Bar Association. His civic affiliations include service as past Chair of the Campaign Board’s Eastern Caucus for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and on the Levine School of Music Virtuoso Society Steering Committee. He is a member of the Human Rights Campaign Federal Club, a past member of the Lambda Legal Liberty Circle, and previously served as chairman of the Milby High School Leadership 2000 Mentoring Program.