Robert P. (“Bob”) Smith is the principal of RPS High Tech Consulting. I have 30+ years experience in the high tech industry and have worked within both large companies and many startups. I am a very “hands-on” individual and enjoy working directly on and contributing to projects whether small or large.

During my career I have worked in a number of segments of the industry including semiconductor, design automation software, electronics manufacturing, and technical publishing. I have extensive experience in startups and have directly participated in two initial public offerings.


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1975. Elected to Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1979

Career Experience

Over the course of my professional career I have had a wide variety of experiences spanning hands-on engineering to marketing, business development, and operational management. Highlights include:
  • Analog and digital circuit designer
  • Product marketing manager for custom telecom integrated circuits
  • Co-founder and vp marketing of a silicon prototyping company
  • Co-founder and president of a technical publishing company
  • VP marketing and business development for two electronic design automation software companies
  • “Turnaround” ceo for one software company and early-stage ceo for a semiconductor yield management startup
  • Direct participation on two successful IPO teams
  • Extensive experience in developing business plans, product strategy and positioning, pricing models, contract and licensing negotiations and investment pitches
  • International business experience in Japan, Korea, and Europe
Companies that I have worked for during my career include: Hewlett Packard, American Microsystems, SynMOS, IKOS Systems, Synopsys, LogicVision, Magma, InTime and Stratosphere Solutions.

Expert Background

During the course of my career I have had direct experience in many activities and situations that are relevant to my role as an expert advisor and consultant:
  • Preparation and negotiation of technology and intellectual property licensing agreements
  • Preparation and negotiation of software licensing agreements
  • Preparation, negotiation and management of strategic business alliances that involved technology licensing and/or technology sharing and/or joint technology development
  • Preparation and negotiation of a wide variety of business contracts and licenses including royalty agreements, international distribution agreements, and acquisitions
  • Contract dispute resolution
  • Re-negotiation of contracts and licenses
  • Acquisition of rights to intellectual property
  • Disposition and licensing of intellectual property
  • Management of the patent application process and patent portfolio management
  • Expert witness for the standard of care in a trade secret litigation case

Other Relevant Skills

I have strong written and presentation skills. I have the ability to rapidly come up-to-speed on new technologies and communicate technical concepts in a way that non-technical people can easily grasp.


Why Consider a Consultant?

  • Targeted projects that canít justify full-time headcount additions
  • Looming project deadlines / scarcity of resources
  • Pop-up opportunities that need immediate attention
  • Outside perspective and input (forest vs. the trees)
  • Budget and cash flow efficiency