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Robert B Morrill



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United States - CA
English
Mediation Profile

Mr. Morrill has over 40 years experience in resolving intellectual property and commercial disputes. He was one of the founders of the intellectual property law boutique Skjerven Morrill LLP in 1976, then became a partner with Sidley Austin LLP in 2003. Mr. Morrill left Sidley in 2013 and has since been a full time arbitrator, mediator and special master. He is an experienced mediator and arbitrator, a member of the American Arbitration Association's mediation panel and large, complex case and commercial arbitration panels, and the panel of the CPR Institute. He is a member of the mediation and early neutral evaluation panels of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

The intellectual property cases which Mr. Morrill has mediated have included a variety of technologies, including semiconductor fabrication technology, telephone and telecommunication systems, computer systems, electronic circuitry, semiconductor devices, medical devices, optical devices, silicon wafer handling systems, hydration system components, tents, systems for reducing excess capacity and electro-mechanical systems. Copyright cases mediated by Mr. Morrill include cases involving alleged infringement of copyright in books, magazines, sculptural objects, photographs, stuffed animals and websites. Mr. Morrill has also mediated cases in many other areas, including ownership of internet domain names, competing winery names and labels, use of metatags in internet sites, trademarks on proprietary medical products, franchise trademarks, competing trademarks of investment firms, apparel trademarks, interpretation of technology licenses, dissolution and allocation of patent assets held by an electronics development partnership, and ownership of scientific research.

The mediation process belongs to the parties, and should be designed with their needs in mind. I believe that in most cases it is important for each side to speak to the other side without an intermediary and my normal practice is to have presentations by counsel and/or clients in joint session, where each side can hear and respond to the legal and factual positions of the other side. I also recognize that the parties and their counsel know best what mediation format will be most productive and am willing to tailor the proceedings accordingly, working with counsel. I generally begin a mediation as a facilitator, but will suggest solutions or offer insight into the merits of a matter based on my years of practice in intellectual property and commercial law when doing so will assist the process. I respect the confidentiality of the process, and of each party's separate confidences, and conduct the mediation process with impartiality and respect for each side. I have assisted in the settlement of many cases where the parties seemed hopelessly far apart at the beginning of the day, and believe that almost every case can be settled if there is a genuine interest in doing so, and if the parties and the mediator are willing to devote the necessary time and patience. For this reason, no matter how long the day, I do not charge for more than seven hours, and when the case does not settle I will follow up with the parties over the days and weeks following the mediation session. I try to ensure that each side realizes that every case ends sometime, and that having that “sometime” be at the mediation session with a fair settlement is usually in everyone’s financial and emotional interest.
Mr. Morrill has mediated cases involving claimed infringement of patents, copyrights and trademarks, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of license agreements and other contracts, and partnership breakups.

$475 per hour with a maximum of $3,800 per day, including preparation and pre-mediation telephone conferences. No cancellation fee or charge for travel time within California and Nevada.

Independent arbitrator and mediator. Member of the California and Nevada bars, admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and admitted by all United States District Courts in California and Nevada, the Federal and Ninth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.

Training and Education

United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Advanced Mediation Practice Group 2, 2004-present; United States District Court, Effectively Mediating Claims About Money, 2009; United States District Court Mediator Training, 2002, United States District Court Early Neutral Evaluator Training, 1994; American Arbitration Association Mediator Training, 1994; and various other ADR training.

Mr. Morrill has taught patent law and patent litigation at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. Mr. Morrill is also a frequent presenter at intellectual law and trial practice professional meetings.

Publications
Compliance

IMI Code of Professional Conduct

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process

Mr. Morrill carries professional indemnity insurance through the Lawyer's Mutual Insurance Company.

Contact
Robert B
Morrill
Robert B Morrill
(415) 399-0469
(415) 823-8214
Independent Arbitrator And Mediator
San Francisco
94133