Robbie Manhas

Managing Associate

Washington, D.C.

A former Federal Circuit clerk, Robbie Manhas is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate group.  His practice focuses on high-stakes appeals, with a particular emphasis on patent law and administrative law.  He has been the primary drafter of dozens of appellate briefs, and has presented oral argument in the Federal Circuit and the Sixth Circuit.

Robbie is a lawyer because he is passionate about legal analysis, writing, and advocacy—understanding how to properly frame and creatively answer challenging questions of law, and then communicate that understanding to others in a credible and efficient way.

Robbie's work includes wins in the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts, and spans a variety of industries and products, such as semiconductors and electronics, software, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and sporting goods.  His work has also involved a number of U.S. agencies, including the Patent and Trademark Office, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Agriculture.

Prior to joining Orrick, Robbie was a Senior Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he was a member of its Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Government and Regulatory Litigation groups.  Before that, Robbie was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard G. Taranto of the Federal Circuit.

  • Representative engagements include:

    • Procopio v. Wilkie (Fed. Cir. No. 17-1821) (en banc) - Successfully represented "Blue Water Navy" veteran in a pro bono en banc case, securing a 9-2 ruling that the Agent Orange Act unambiguously grants veterans who served within the Republic of Vietnam's 12-mile territorial sea a presumption of herbicide exposure and service-connection based on having "served in the Republic of Vietnam." 
    • Merck & Co. Inc. v. Gilead Sciences Inc. (U.S. No. 18-378) - Successfully represented Gilead, securing denial of certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court on the question of whether, under the Patent Act, the equitable defense of unclean hands precludes legal relief in the form of damages.  This victory preserved a court-ordered nullification of $200 million in damages that had been awarded to Merck.
    • Philips Lighting North America Corp., et al. v. Wangs Alliance Corporation (Fed. Cir. No. 17-1526)* - Represented and presented oral argument on behalf of Philips Lighting in an appeal from a Final Written Decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in an inter parties review, raising challenges on motivation to combine, notice error, and reasonable expectation of success.  Technology at issue was a circuit arrangement for operating semiconductor light sources, such as LEDs.
    • Roummel Ingram v. John Prelesnik (6th Cir. No. 16-1272)* - Represented and presented oral argument on behalf of Roummel Ingram in a pro bono appeal from a district court's denial of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus.
    • Secured Mail Solutions LLC v. Universal Wilde, Inc. (Fed. Cir. No. 16-1728)* - Successfully represented Universal Wilde in an appeal from a district court's order dismissing 243 patent claims as reciting ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Technology at issue were methods of electronically verifying the contents of a mail object.
    • Ada Mercedes Conde-Vidal, et al. (1st Cir. No. 16-1313)* - Successfully represented a group of individuals and advocacy groups petitioning for a writ of mandamus based on a district court's refusal to enter judgment that the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015), rendered unconstitutional Puerto Rico's laws barring (1) LGBT marriage and (2) recognition of lawful LGBT marriages entered in other jurisdictions.

    * Representation prior to joining Orrick.

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