Robert J. Ballarini

Patent Agent


Bob is an independent contractor with Volpe Koenig. He handles utility and design patent preparation and prosecution for local and multinational companies. He has gained valuable working knowledge in the field of turbines (gas, steam, wind, solar), power generation and distribution, having represented a multinational, industry leader over the past 15 years. He is an independent contractor with Volpe Koenig. 

Bob has also developed proficiency in the consumer product sector, representing manufacturers of eyewear, jewelry and fashion designers.

Bob also represents an industry leader in the field of fluid handling devices (flow limiters, aerators, regulators). He has also developed an expertise in the bicycle arts having prosecuted applications for cranks, chains, brakes, shifters and electronic components.

Other clients operate in the field of medical devices, namely endoscopic devices, spinal implants, shunts, stents, etc. Bob also has close to 20 years of experience in action sports, specifically in the paintball field.

Bob has presented presentations dealing with PCT practice and updates in U.S. Patent Office updates.

Previous Work and Industry Experience

Bob was previously at a large international general practice firm where he handled U.S. and foreign patent prosecution. Prior to that, Bob was a translator for the patent department of a large multinational chemical company.

Life Beyond Law

Bob enjoys spending time with family, traveling, exploring new cultures, learning foreign languages, photography, cooking, oenology, surfing and cycling.



  • 12.22.2021

    Sometimes you have to ask the critical questions, like: Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? How can you turn your holiday invention into a patent-protected idea? In our first-ever IP Goes Pop! Snow-Tacular™, co-hosts and Volpe Koenig Shareholders, Michael Snyder and Joe Gushue, unwrap the iconic pop culture movies, traditions, and intellectual property disputes around the most wonderful time of the year.

    Grab your hot cocoa and rethink how you turn on your holiday lights, because in this episode, Michael and Joe are joined by registered Patent Agent and “friend of the podcast” Robert Ballarini, holder of two patents for holiday-themed inventions. Bob shares the inspiration behind his inventions, the process of applying for a patent, and how no idea is too outrageous for the holidays.

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Bob has technical proficiency in:

  • Automotives
  • Fluid handling devices
  • Bicycle components
  • Medical devices
  • Action sports

Professional/Civic Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Community Involvement

  • Kiwanis International
  • American Cancer Society
  • President Emeritus of the Carmel River Dads, a 501(c)(3) organization.


Villanova University, B.A., Modern Languages

Universita degli Studi, Venice, Italy, State Proficiency Certificate, Italian

Paris-Lodron Universitaet, Salzburg, Austria, State Proficiency Certificate, German


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Italian
    Conversational French
    Conversational Portuguese
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