About our law firm

Client driven. Specialized Expertise. 


The firm was formed in 2001. Today, the firm has three attorneys and a paralegal. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience gained in private and corporate environments. This experience enables us to quickly and efficiently advise you in a variety of areas related to patent law, trademark law, copyright law, or any intellectual property related matter. Hammer & Associates are strong supporters of local business and technology development as is demonstrated by their sponsorship and participation in both the Charlotte Biotechnology Conference which takes place during the fall at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Five Ventures Conference which takes place during the spring at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


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Robert H. Hammer III

Bob Hammer is a patent and trademark attorney with over 30 years of experience.  Bob focuses his practice in patent and trademark prosecution before the US and foreign patent and trademark offices.  Bob has worked as both in-house and external counsel.  He started his firm in 2001. 

Bob has particular expertise in polymers, polymer processing, and electrochemical devices (batteries and fuel cells), but also works in art areas ranging from pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mechanical devices, to computer software. 





J.D., 1984

M.B.A, 1982

B.S., Engineering, 1977





Activities & Affiliations

• North Carolina, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations
• Carolina Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association
• American Institute of Chemical Engineers


Licensed To Practice

• North Carolina and Pennsylvania; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; admitted to practice before U.S. District Court - Western District of North Carolina, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.




Jan Davis

Jan Davis is a Senior Intellectual Property Paralegal with over 25 years of experience in all areas. Jan maintains the patent and trademark databases (PCMaster offered by Master Data Center), coordinates all filing to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (including all patent and trademark matters), coordinates all international patent filing, directly with foreign agents, and with major conventions such as European Patent office and the World Intellectual Property Office (PCT). Jan coordinates all international trademark filing and copyright filing, and has extensive experience in assignment practice (i.e., associated with merger and acquisition of patent and trademark portfolios).



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Valerie Friedrich, PhD

Valerie Friedrich is a PhD Chemist and Patent Attorney with over23 years of experience working in-house and at large law firms handling multi-million dollar patent portfolios, handling IP agreements, and working on multi-million dollar IP litigation matters. Valerie is also currently an adjunct professor of patent prosecution at the University of Houston Law Center. Before attending law school, Valerie worked as a Chemist for major international chemical corporations.




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Legal Administrative Assistant

Debbie Smith