Robyn Bowland

Senior Attorney

Practices & Industries:

Utility Patent, Design Patent, Trade Secret, NDA, and Non-Compete, Other Complex Litigation, IP Counseling and Transactions

Contact Information:

(312) 667-6284


Robyn Bowland joined Irwin IP in June of 2021. She is an intellectual property litigator and counselor with experience in a range of technologies, including computer software, telecommunications, and medical devices.  Robyn litigates all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret, and restrictive covenant disputes in venues across the United States.

In addition to litigation, Robyn also counsels clients regarding freedom-to-operate, patentability, and intellectual property licensing agreements. Prior to joining Irwin IP, Robyn was partner at a large law firm litigating a wide variety of intellectual property disputes across the country.

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
Member, The Richard Linn Inn of Court

Court Admissions

Northern District of Illinois
Eastern District of Michigan
District of Colorado

Prior Experience

Partner, Akerman LLP, Chicago, IL (2014-2021)
Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP (2011-2014)
Associate, Brinks, Hofer, Gilson, & Lione (2008-2011)
Adjutant General Officer, United States Army (2000-2005)


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2008 (magna cum laude)

  • Winner, 2008 Federal Circuit Bar Association George Hutchinson Writing Competition

United States Military Academy, B.S. Mechanical Engineering

  • Dean’s List, All Semesters


Rising Star for Intellectual Property (2015-2018)

Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, Northern District of Illinois and Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2019)

Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property (2023)



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

This week, the Federal Circuit reversed the United States District Court for the District of Delaware’s (“District Court”) decision to add David Howard as a joint inventor on Hormel Food Corporation’s (“Hormel”) U.S. Patent No. 9,980,498 (“the ’498 patent”).  Despite the District Court finding the opposite, the Federal Circuit…
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) recently upheld a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) that found some claims of U.S. Patent 8,815,830 (“the ’830 patent”) unpatentable as anticipated. The ’830 patent’s owner, the Regents of the University of Minnesota (“Minnesota”), argued before…
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) recently affirmed an Eastern District of Texas ruling that U.S. Patent No. 8,191,091 (“the ’091 patent”) is unenforceable due to prosecution laches. Personalized Media Communications, LLC (“PMC”) was found to have engaged in an unreasonable and unexplained delay in prosecuting…