Robert (Bob) H. Underwood | Boston | Hogan Lovells

Robert (Bob) H. Underwood

Partner Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology



Underwood Bob

Robert (Bob) H. Underwood
Underwood Bob
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Robert (Bob) H. Underwood, Ph.D. draws on his in-depth experience establishing U.S. and international intellectual property (IP) rights and identifying and evaluating third-party IP risks to help his clients achieve their business objectives. 

Bob's clients range from startups to mature multinationals, nonprofits, and universities, as well as venture capital and private equity investors. Bob focuses his practice on the life sciences and chemical industries. His experience with pre-litigation planning and contentious litigation matters, including patent interferences and oppositions, allows him to support clients in strategic counseling, patent portfolio development and management, and patent prosecution. He also guides clients through transactions and agreements that involve IP rights, including joint development agreements, sponsored research agreements, licenses, and corporate transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Bob earned his bachelor's degree in biology and his doctoral degree in immunology. His experience as a visiting scientist at the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland and as a research associate at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston allows him to successfully counsel clients from both a technical and business perspective.


  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, 2005
  • Ph.D., Tufts University, 1998
  • B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1989
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  • Massachusetts


Shortlisted for Patent Strategy Attorney of the Year (Massachusetts)

LMG Life Sciences

Recommended, U.S. (Massachusetts)

IAM Patent 1000