Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1734
F: (304) 347-2196

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (2008)

B.S., cum laude, Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia Institute of Technology (1992)

  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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Robert E. Akers

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Robert E. Akers is admitted to practice law in the states of West Virginia and Ohio and is also licensed to practice as a U.S. Patent Attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He primarily focuses his law practice on energy and real estate matters, representing coal, oil and gas companies, both large and small, with mineral development projects.  

His largest practice area involves examining and certifying title to both mineral estates and surface tracts. Robert’s work furthers coal, oil, gas and coalbed methane development projects by facilitating the acquisition of minerals and surface and auditing ownership prior to development. Robert has been involved with mergers and acquisitions of companies and mineral assets through due diligence projects, and has prepared certificates of counsel for coal mine permitting.

He began his legal career examining title to real estate in many different counties 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 minerals for large development projects.

Robert devotes a portion of his legal practice to advising entrepreneurs and small businesses on issues related to intellectual property and LLC formation. While attending law school, Robert passed the U.S. Patent Agent Examination and worked for West Virginia University Research Corporation (2007-2009) and its Small Business Incubator. He prepared documents relating to small business formation and governance. In his capacity as a U.S. Patent Agent, he conducted patent searches and prepared provisional patent applications. He also advised small businesses on matters relating to U.S. patents, and prepared documents relating to all forms of intellectual property including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

Prior to beginning his legal career, he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and worked for 10 years as a project engineer and project manager designing and overseeing the installation and start-up of manufacturing equipment for a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, food processing, personal care products, high-speed printing and chemical manufacturing. As an engineering intern, Robert worked in a coal-fired power plant assisting engineers with performance testing of power generation equipment and systems.

Professional Highlights

  • Licensed Patent Attorney, United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • U.S. Patent Agent, West Virginia University Research Corporation. Prepared small business legal documents and documents related to intellectual property. (2007-2009) 
  • Project Manager and Project Engineer, Shibuya-Hoppman Corporation, Elkwood, Virginia. Designed high-speed factory automation machinery for the personal care, pharmaceutical and product packaging industries. (1997-2005)
  • Project Engineer, Shenandoah Engineering Services Inc. Designed and managed installation and start-up of automated manufacturing equipment for a variety of industries including large-scale printing operations, pharmaceuticals, food processing, ink manufacturing and automotive manufacturing. (1994-1997)
  • WVIT Cooperative Education Engineering Intern, Ericsson Communications Inc. Created two- and three-dimensional design drawings for the development of new cellular telephones. (1990-1992)
  • WVIT Cooperative Education Engineering Intern, AEP Kentucky Power Company. Assisted engineers with performance testing of industrial machinery used in coal-fired electric power generation, and evaluated and monitored data on various systems to identify equipment problems. (1989-1990)

Recipient of CALI Awards (recognition for achieving the highest grade in a particular subject) at West Virginia University College of Law:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Seminar

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Clinton Ritter Scholarship Recipient

  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • American Association of Professional Landmen
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Statewide Business Plan Competition (Volunteer coach and judge)
  • Habitat for Humanity