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Robert M. Sieg, Ph.D.

Partner

Registrations

Member Ohio Bar; registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Practice/Technical Competence

Rob has extensive patent preparation and prosecution experience in the electrical and software arts, manufacturing arts, and mechanical arts. This work has encompassed medical imaging devices (e.g. MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound), medical devices (e.g. ECG, capnograph and other respiratory monitoring), image reconstruction and processing, bioassay technologies, healthcare information systems, wireless hospital networking technologies including collection and processing of life-critical patient medical data, medical workflow optimization, traffic monitoring/optimization systems, general document classification/indexing/retrieval technologies, printers, nuclear power plants, steam generator technologies, electronic materials and devices, LED lighting technologies, and LCD technologies, among others.

Prior to his legal career, Rob was engaged in engineering research & development in the areas of semiconductor materials and electronic devices as a Ph.D. student at the Ohio State University and during a post-doctoral appointment at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This research provided hands-on experience with heteroepitaxial thin film crystal growth by MBE and MOCVD, ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) systems, cryogenic systems, electron microscopes (SEM and TEM), x-ray diffractometers, and electrical and optical test beds. Published research results included InGaAsN-based 1.3 µm devices for fiber-optics, high efficiency GaAs/Ge solar cells for satellite power, and improved techniques for integrating GaAs-based optoelectronics with silicon microelectronics, among others. At the undergraduate level, Rob participated in several internships at NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where he developed and applied new software for spectroscopic ellipsometry analysis of semiconductor heterostructures, thin dielectric films, and high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials to concurrently extract layer thicknesses, optical properties, and compositional information.

Rob enjoys amateur astronomy as a hobby, including observing galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, double stars, planets, and lunar observing with an 8 inch reflector, 6 inch Schmidt Cassegrain, and smaller refractor telescopes.

Memberships

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association

Education

  • Cleveland State University (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1992)
  • The Ohio State University (M.S., Electrical Engineering, 1994; Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1998)
  • Post-doctoral research, Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque 1999-2000)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 2004)