Robert E. Akers is admitted to practice law in the states of West Virginia and Ohio and is also licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has more than twenty years of experience both in practicing law and in business and engineering management. Robert’s primary practice area concerns advising entrepreneurs and businesses on issues related to intellectual property, entrepreneurship, business formation, business development, and business governance. Robert has advised clients regarding intellectual property, performed prior art searches for patents and trademarks, filed applications to register patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and negotiated and prepared numerous legal documents concerning business transactions, business governance, and intellectual property licensing.
Before becoming an attorney, Robert enjoyed a career in business management and engineering focused primarily on implementing and managing contracts to design and build factory automation machinery. Robert earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and worked as a project manager, project engineer, and mechanical draftsman for a variety of manufacturing industries including pharmaceuticals, food processing, personal care products, and high-speed printing.
Robert has extensive experience with the development of minerals and surface real property. He previously represented coal, oil and gas companies, both large and small, with mineral development projects. He has examined and certified title to both surface tracts and mineral estates. Robert’s prior work in this capacity furthered coal, oil, gas, and coalbed methane development projects by facilitating the acquisition of minerals and surface, auditing ownership prior to development, and preparing certificates of counsel for coal mine permitting.
Robert began his legal career examining title to real estate in many different counties in West Virginia and has trained and supervised abstractors and young attorneys. He has substantial record room experience and has led teams of attorneys and abstractors in the preparation of title opinions that certified title to surface and minerals.
- Intellectual Property
- Business Law & Corporate Transactions
- Doctorate of Jurisprudence, West Virginia University College of Law
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia Institute of Technology
- West Virginia
- The United States Patent and Trademark Office