Robert J. Decker, J.D.

Senior Patent & General Counsel

Rob Decker joined the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group in 2000 as a member of the in-house legal team serving as general counsel for LVG and as special assistant to the state attorney general. Rob is responsible for drafting and prosecuting patents in the engineering disciplines, specifically electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering. He also supports the areas of material and computer science, and medical devices, as well as litigation and trademark procurement.

Rob also runs a law clinic on drafting and prosecuting patent applications for the UVA School of Law.

Prior to joining LVG, Rob served as US Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, he was in private practice and served as in-house corporate counsel. Prior to entering patent law, Rob had a 10-year career in engineering.   

Having worked at LVG for nearly two decades, Rob is always willing to lend a hand and acts as a great resource to the team in helping decipher complicated legal matters. When he’s not keeping tabs on his cases, he cheers on his two sons and their flourishing college baseball careers.


J.D., Catholic University of America

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Catholic University of America

Professional Memberships:

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA, 1996-Present)