Ruben J. Rodrigues



Ruben Rodrigues is a partner and intellectual property trial and appellate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He manages patent litigation matters for technology companies of all sizes on cases involving software, semiconductors, medical devices, exercise equipment, telecommunications, 3D printing, health monitoring technologies, offshore technologies, the Internet of Things “IoT,” and others.  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, Rhode Island, Florida, Tennessee and Utah as well as the International Trade Commission (ITC). 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.


  • University of Chicago Law School, (J.D., with honors)
    • Recipient, Olin Fellowship in Law & Economics
    • Winner, ABA Section on Science & Technology Law’s Student Writing Competition
  • Northeastern University, (M.A.)
    • Focus, science and technology policy
    • Recipient, National Science Foundation Fellowship
    • Member, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), (B.S.)
    • Majors, electrical engineering and computer science
    • Minor, mechanical engineering


  • Recognized, Super Lawyers – Rising Star® (2014-2021)

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.

  • Author, "Privacy on Social Networks: Norms, The Market, and Natural Monopoly," chapter 13 of The Offensive Internet, Harvard University Press (November 2010)


  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Texas


  • Portuguese
  • Spanish