Robert J. Decker joined the University of Virginia Patent Foundation (now the U.Va. Licensing & Ventures Group) in 2000. He previously served as U.S. Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, he was in private practice and served as in-house corporate counsel. Prior to entering patent law, Decker had a 10-year career in engineering.
In addition to the above responsibilities, Decker serves as general counsel for the Licensing & Ventures Group and as special assistant to the state attorney general. Decker also instructs a clinic on drafting and prosecuting patent applications for the U.Va. School of Law.