Robert M.Breetz (Robby)


Cleveland + 1.216.586.7213

Robby Breetz is a patent lawyer who focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation. Robby has represented clients in a variety of patent matters, including infringement actions in federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC), in appeals before the Federal Circuit, in arbitration, and in patent prosecution and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Robby has represented clients such as Qualcomm, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Johnson & Johnson, among others in areas such as cellular, consumer, and automotive electronics; medical devices; computer simulations; modeling; and software.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Robby worked as a process and controls engineer for Procter & Gamble and as a patent agent for a boutique patent prosecution firm, where he concentrated on advances in the electronics sector, including semiconductor design and fabrication, cellular communications, power electronics, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices.


  • R.J. Reynolds successfully enforces patents in ITC trial against Philip Morris in dispute over cigarette alternativeJones Day's client Reynolds achieved a precedent-setting victory before the International Trade Commission (ITC) against its main competitors Philip Morris Products S.A. ("Philip Morris") and Altria Client Services LLC ("Altria") in a patent infringement dispute involving tobacco heating and vaping products.
  • Qualcomm successfully defends patentability challenges in five IPR casesJones Day successfully defended challenges to Qualcomm Incorporated's U.S. Pat. No. 9,154,356 ("Low noise amplifiers for carrier aggregation") in five inter partes review ("IPR") proceedings filed by Intel Corporation.
  • Automotive supplier successfully petitions for institution of IPR relating to exterior automotive mirrorsOn behalf of an automotive supplier, Jones Day successfully petitioned for institution of an inter partes review ("IPR") challenging a patent relating to exterior automotive mirrors.
  • Qualcomm successfully defends patent claims against IPR challengeJones Day represented Qualcomm Incorporated in successfully defending patent claims against inter partes review ("IPR") petitions filed by Intel Corporation against U.S. Patent No. 8,838,949, which relates to multi-processor computer systems.
  • DePuy Synthes defends against multi-patent lawsuit alleging infringement against stand-alone intervertebral spinal implant productsJones Day is representing Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries DePuy Synthes Sales, Inc. and DePuy Synthes Products, Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by RSB Spine, LLC alleging that certain of its spinal implant products infringe two patents.