Ruben J. Rodrigues

Senior Counsel


Ruben Rodrigues is a senior counsel and intellectual property trial lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He has managed patent litigation matters for technology companies of all sizes on cases involving software, semiconductors, medical devices, blockchain, oil and gas exploration, offshore technologies, toys, IoT, construction technologies, telecommunications, and biochemical research tools. Ruben also represents clients in post-grant review proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and counsels clients on general IP strategy and licensing issues. He has a national practice, and has represented clients in cases filed in Massachusetts, Delaware, Texas, California, Illinois, Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Utah, as well as the International Trade Commission. He is a member of the firm’s IP Litigation and Electronics Practices and the Technology Industry Team.

Prior to joining Foley, Ruben interned at the Massachusetts Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel.


Ruben earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School. He was awarded the Olin Fellowship in Law & Economics, and was the winner of the ABA Section on Science & Technology Law's Student Writing Competition. Ruben holds a master’s degree concentrating in science & technology policy from Northeastern University, where he received a National Science Foundation Fellowship and was admitted to the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science, with a minor in mechanical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Ruben has been repeatedly named a Rising Star® by Super Lawyers (2014 – 2018), which recognizes the top 2.5% of New England lawyers under 40.

Publications & Presentations

Ruben is an internationally recognized speaker on patent issues and has presented at the Boston Bar Association, the SXSW Interactive Conference, the World IP Forum, the Offshore Energy Conference, and various other trade and industry events.

Ruben is author of "Privacy on Social Networks: Norms, The Market, and Natural Monopoly," a chapter published in The Offensive Internet (Chapter 13, Harvard University Press, November 2010).


Ruben is admitted to practice in Illinois and Massachusetts, before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Texas. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Ruben is proficient in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish.