Roman Swoopes focuses his practice on patent and copyright litigation and counseling. He represents clients in industries including computer software, hardware, and peripherals, data storage, digital imaging, consumer electronics, music, and graphic design.
In a case the court dubbed the “World Series of IP Cases,” Roman successfully argued in court against partial summary judgment on a copyright claim and in support of a favorable claim construction at a Markman hearing. He has represented clients at two intellectual property trials, where he worked closely with expert witnesses. Roman has considerable experience in the areas of copyrightable and patent–eligible subject matter for software. He has also represented clients in disputes involving open source software licenses, such as the GNU General Public License (GPL).
In two to three sentences, describe your practice.
My practice focuses on patent and copyright litigation and counseling. I represent clients in industries including computer software, hardware, and peripherals, data storage, digital imaging, consumer electronics, music, and graphic design. I bring extensive experience in intellectual property law, and an understanding of my clients’ technologies, to help my clients protect the value of their companies and continue delivering products to customers.
Why did you choose to make MoFo your professional home?
As a former engineer, I wanted to help innovators solve challenging legal problems. I also wanted to work with smart people who take their work seriously without taking themselves too seriously. MoFo checked all of these boxes for me.
How do clients benefit from having diverse teams of lawyers working for them?
Clients have complex problems, and they need solutions that can meet the needs of multiple stakeholders—business people, customers, government agencies, and others. Having a diverse team greatly increases the chance that they will be able develop solutions that meet all of these needs.