Bruce Jobse has more than three decades of experience in the intellectual property field, including working as a corporate patent counsel with IBM Corporation and startups alike. He is unique in his field as both a patent attorney and a licensing and transactional attorney.

Bruce prepares, prosecutes, and maintains patent and trademark portfolios for his clients and strategically advises on the legal, scientific, and business considerations when creating patent assets from their ideas. Bruce has extensive experience in licensing, technology transfer agreements, and IP due diligence relating to corporate acquisitions and IP litigation.

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J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1990

B.S., Computer Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering



U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

honors & awards

The Best Lawyers in America© Best Lawyer, Patent Law (2024)

American Jurisprudence Award – Contracts


  • Developed a portfolio of patents for a client which were then sold and asserted in actions for patent infringement before the US Federal Courts and the International Trade Commission, with five out of five of the patents affirmed upon re-examination by the USPTO.
  • Over the course of his career, Bruce has had numerous patent portfolios he has created for clients sold and/or licensed for substantial amounts.


American Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

American Intellectual Property Law Association



“Protecting the Intellectual Property You Didn’t Know You Had,” Burns & Levinson Focus Newsletter, Winter 2014

“Protect It Now! Using the U.S. Patent Office’s Accelerated Examination Process,” Burns & Levinson Focus Newsletter, Winter 2010


“Patent Watch,” Mechanical Engineering Magazine, July 2013

“Voices of the Bar,” Boston Bar Association BBA Week, June 2011

“IP Lawyers React to Bilski’s Long-Awaited Arrival,” Law360, June 2010

“Beyond the Headlines: IBM Sues Amazon for Refusing to Negotiate Patent License Fees,” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, December 2006

speaking engagements

“Intellectual Property,” Presenter, FFI New England Chapter Breakfast Meeting, November 2015

“Startup Essentials: Funding and Protecting Your Idea and Business,” Speaker, Venture Cafe Event, October 2012

“Filing Preparation: Ensuring a Smooth Process,” Panelist, Overcoming Legal Obstacles in the Patent Process, March 2009