Rutao (Rob) Wu’s practice includes strategic patent counseling, patent drafting and prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and opinion work. Rob brings over a decade of experience at the USPTO with a focus in business methods and computer software-related patent applications. His knowledge of the USPTO and examination process informs his practice to ensure that clients receive strong patent protection.

Prior to joining BoMc, Rob worked as a supervisory patent examiner (SPE) at the USPTO. As a SPE, Rob managed an art unit of examiners in the areas of advertising, promotions, and cryptography. In this capacity, Rob routinely reviewed examiners’ work within his art unit, mentored others across the USPTO, and led training on examination policies, including § 101 patent eligibility guidelines. He also frequently served as a panelist in patent appeal conferences, and assisted with questions and requests from external stakeholders. Before working as a SPE, Rob was a primary examiner in the fields of shipping technologies, pricing, electronic reservation systems, metering, tolling, mobile applications, and operations research.


  • Supervisory patent examiner managing a group of more than 15 examiners at the USPTO.
  • Served as a training manager in the Patent Training Academy for newly-hired examiners.
  • Led periodic training on § 101 patent eligibility to implement updated examination guidelines.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • University of Illinois, B.S. Computer Science, Minor in Mathematics, 2005