Robert D. Michaux


804.697.4119 (p)
804.697.6119 (f)

Professional Affiliations

Virginia State Bar
• Intellectual Property Law, Board of Governors, 2017-present

Virginia Bar Association

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association
• President, 2016-2017

International Trademark Association

Robert Michaux is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation departments. He regularly assists and advises corporate and small business clients with copyright and trademark matters and represents them on these issues before courts and administrative agencies. He also assists clients secure, enforce and maintain trademark registrations in both the U.S. and in numerous international jurisdictions. In addition, Mr. Michaux has experience in a diverse range of commercial litigation disputes in state and federal courts, including business tort and conspiracy claims, contract and real estate matters, declaratory judgment actions, and unfair competition and false advertising claims.

Mr. Michaux currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Virginia State Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Section, and is a past president of the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association and the Thomas Jefferson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. He regularly writes on copyright and trademark issues, and has authored a legal treatise chapter on unique and specific applications of copyright law.

Representative Matters

  • Represent clients in all facets of intellectual property and commercial litigation.
  • Assist clients in branding decisions and the selection and adoption of trademarks and service marks.
  • File and prosecute applications for federal trademark registrations before the USPTO and international trademark registrations in the European Union, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
  • Represent clients in copyright and trademark infringement matters and enforcement efforts, including opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, cease and desist letters, and negotiating settlement, licensing and concurrent use agreements.
  • Assist clients in preparing and filing copyright registration applications, and provide advice on fair use and copyright authorship and ownership matters.

Select Publications

  • “What May Be Protected by Copyright: Unique and Specific Applications of Copyright Law Online,” Intellectual Property Law in Cyberspace, (2d ed., Supp. 2013-2016; 3d ed. 2017; 3d ed., Supp. 2018)

Select Presentations

  • Panelist, 30th Annual Intellectual Property Seminar: Litigating IP Cases in the Eastern District of Virginia, Virginia CLE, 2018

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Litigation
Trials/Appeals/Alternative Dispute Resolution


University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 2010
Editor-in-Chief, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology

Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., Chemistry, 1996


• Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. Court of Federal Claims


• Hon. F. G. Rockwell III, Judge, Circuit Court of Chesterfield County, Virginia, 2011


Virginia Rising Stars
• Business Litigation, 2018-2019
• Intellectual Property, 2017

Legal Elite (Virginia Business)
• Intellectual Property, 2014, 2017, 2019