Michael E. ”Roby” Robinson
Patent Attorney, Partner
Roby is currently practicing in the areas of general, chemical and mechanical patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, and copyright work. He also has litigation experience in all of these areas of intellectual property matters. Roby has prosecuted patent applications and secured patents in various technological fields including nuclear material handling and storage, waste remediation, assault rifles, chemical detection equipment, high-level security systems, endodontic instruments, positive control proteins for glucose transporter proteins, X-ray imaging devices, and fitness equipment . A large portion of Roby’s work involves trademarks and unfair competition matters. As a recent adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Roby taught a class covering trademark law and unfair competition, and Roby was recently once again voted as a Top Attorney for Intellectual Property and Trademark Law in the July-August 2015 edition of CityView Magazine.
Before law school, Roby was employed as a sales and consulting engineer for Nalco (formerly known as Nalco Chemical Company under the ownership of Suez; now Nalco is an Ecolab company). While with Nalco, Roby consulted with various facilities regarding their heat exchange equipment including chillers, boilers, and chill/steam loops. His responsibility as a consultant was to help keep the equipment working efficiently using state-of-the-art proprietary chemicals, various control technologies, and his own engineering knowledge. The chemicals he worked with included anti-scaling agents, anti-corrosion agents, and anti-bacterial agents, many of which were developed by Nalco. Some of Roby’s clients while with Nalco included the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base; Fort Rucker outside of Daleville, Alabama; Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida; Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi; the United States Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida; and the Honeywell Friction Materials plant in Lynn Haven, Florida.
- Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University – 2000
- Minor in Music from Auburn University – 2000
- Doctor of Jurisprudence (Cum Laude) from The University of Tennessee College of Law – 2005
- Tennessee Bar, 2005
- United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2006
- Georgia Bar, 2011
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2006
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2011
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2011
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2011
- Knoxville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- State of Georgia Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Entrepreneurs of Knoxville
- Top Attorney for Intellectual Property in the July-August 2012 edition of CityView Magazine
- Top Attorney for Patent Law in the July-August 2013 edition of CityView Magazine
- Top Attorney for Intellectual Property/Trademarks in the July-August 2014 edition of CityView Magazine
- Top Attorney for Intellectual Property/Trademarks in the July-August 2015 edition of CityView Magazine
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Patent Law Academic Excellence Award
- Patent Prosecution & Drafting Academic Excellence Award
- Eagle Scout award recipient
Patent Attorney, Partner
Matt’s practice includes patent application preparation and prosecution, trademark application preparation and prosecution, copyrights, and related litigation.
Matt is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and has represented clients in industries such as consumer packaged goods, sporting goods, aerospace technology, computer and mobile software, medical devices, composite materials, hazardous material handling, environmental remediation, firearms, pesticides, mechanical devices and electro-mechanical devices. Matt has represented clients in matters involving the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, domestic and global patent portfolio management, licensing, freedom to operate and infringement opinions, and patentability and validity opinions.
Matt also maintains an extensive trademark practice and has represented clients in trademark matters involving clearance opinions, filing and prosecution of trademark applications, TTAB proceedings, and the management of portfolios including registrations in the U.S. and abroad.
Matt has also served as both lead and local counsel in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation throughout the U.S. including Tennessee, North Carolina, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
While studying at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Matt served as a Student Materials Editor with the Tennessee Law Review. Matt also worked as a judicial intern at the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. During his time at Baylor University, Matt was president of the Baylor University Cycling Team.
- Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University – 2007
- Doctor of Jurisprudence (Cum Laude) from the University of Tennessee College of Law – 2011
- Tennessee Bar – 2011
- United States Patent and Trademark Office – 2010
- Knoxville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
Kristin joined Robinson IP Law, PLLC in 2015 as a Legal Assistant. She quickly adapted to intellectual property legal practices, and by May 2016 she became the firm’s Paralegal. Kristin provides our firm with solid, reliable assistance and serves a listening ear to our clients. In addition to Intellectual Property Law, Kristin has also had experience in Bankruptcy and Tax Law.
Any process surrounding Intellectual Property Law can be challenging. Kristin presents a calm, helpful, and supportive demeanor as she handles a client’s need while patiently explains procedures and next steps.
Kristin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Walters State Community College in 2012 with a degree in Paralegal Studies. Outside of the office she likes to play her guitar, support local music, hike the Great Smoky Mountains, and travel with her husband, Andy.
Assistant Office Manager
Whitney joined Robinson IP Law, PLLC in 2018. Though she is the newest member of the firm, she has definitely made her presence known to everyone in the office and to our clients. She has a contagious personality and an impeccable work ethic. She is the first person you will talk to when you call the office, and you will immediately be met with professionalism and a willingness to help.
Whitney’s extensive work background started seven years ago in the hospitality and entertainment industry. She has always moved up to management within a few months when starting any position, and that is no surprise to us. She loves business operations and efficiency.
In her spare time, she acts on her greatest passion – love of animals. She has been a full-time foster, coordinated adoption events, trained volunteers, and recruited other fosters. She has personally fostered 300 cats and helped over 250 of these find permanent homes. Whitney also loves to hike, participate in her bible studies, hang out with her friends, and complete puzzles.
Ashley has been with Robinson IP Law, PLLC for over five years. She has helped the firm transition from a start-up to an established company. Her duties range from helping attorneys keep up with their tasks to business strategy and development to financial oversight. She also manages our online and social media presence.
Her biggest passions as a professional are training and development along with client care. She is delighted when she speaks to our clients to understand their needs and requests. She is also our main liaison with our foreign attorneys to help our clients make sense of foreign IP laws.
Ashley earned her Associate’s Degree at Pellissippi State Community College in Administrative Professional Studies. She then went on to Bryan College to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She and her husband, Travis, relocated to Atlanta, GA in the spring of 2018. In her free time you will find her traveling, planning events, and reading.