Mr. Robert Choate was appointed Lecturer in Patent Law this year (1960), replacing Arthur M. Smith, who is now Associate Judge of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals in Washington, D.C.
He holds a B.S.E. (1934) from the University's Engineering College and an L.L.B. (1936) from the Law School. While in the College of Engineering, he was elected to Tau Beta Pi.
Upon graduation from Law School and admission to practice in Michigan in 1936, Mr. Choate became associated with the firm of Barnes, Kisselle, Laughlin & Raisch (now Barnes, Kisselle, Raisch & Choate) in Detroit, specializing in patent and trademark practice. While in service in 1945-46, he was assigned to the Office of the Judge Advocate at Wright-Patterson Air Base in the Royalty Adjustment and Infringement Claims division.
Mr. Choate is a member of the Detroit Bar Association, The Michigan Patent Law Association, The American Patent Law Association, and the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Foundation. He served for a number of years on the Publicity Committee of the Detroit Bar Association, contributing during that period an article on Patents for the General Practitioner in the Detroit Bar Quarterly.
As a member of the Program Committee of the Michigan Patent Law Association, Mr. Choate has participated in a number of technical presentations in the field of trademarks and patents. He also helped to establish the Lawyer Referral Service of the American Patent Law Association, serving as chairman of the committee charged with that work in 1957.
Mr. Choate has had an extensive experience in the field of patent and trademark law both in Patent Office prosecution and in trial and appellate practice. He has had occasion to work closely with Arthur M. Smith prior to the latter's appointment to the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.
From the University of Michigan Law School's Law Quadrangle Notes, V. 04, Iss. 02 (June 1960).