Robert Knecht Schmidt


Office216.621.2234, x131

Robert drafts, prosecutes, and appeals patent applications in a variety of areas, including medical devices, aerospace and defense systems, sensors, electronics, wireless systems, and circuits for quantum computing, to secure broad protection for inventions.  He has extensive experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and has contributed to successful appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to joining the Tarolli firm, Robert worked as an in-house patent agent and patent attorney for a Cleveland-based group of innovative technology small businesses.

During law school, Robert served as president of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association, was a managing editor of the Law Review, and worked as an Estates & Trusts class tutor.  He was the recipient of the Vic Nolan Intellectual Property Law Scholarship and such awards as the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law and the Carl Glickman Award for Academic Excellence (given to the top J.D./M.B.A. student).


J.D. with concentration in business law, Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, 2014, summa cum laude

M.B.A., Monte Ahuja College of Business, Cleveland State University, 2014

M.S. in Integrated Media Systems (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), University of Southern California, 2001

B.S. in Biomedical-Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2000, cum laude


State of Ohio, 2015
State of California, 2020

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2009

Professional Affiliations:

Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association