Robert Carson Godbey
Robert Carson Godbey is a partner in the law firm of Godbey Griffiths in Honolulu, Hawaii. His practice emphasizes technology and intellectual property matters including patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, and rights of privacy and publicity and general commercial litigation. He is a registered patent attorney.
Bob graduated magna cum laude in electrical engineering and math from SMU in Dallas, Texas, in 1975, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. He then worked as a telecommunications engineer for Southwestern Bell and Texas Instruments. In 1980 he graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School, where he was a teaching fellow and associate with the Harvard Program on Information Resources Policy. He was in private practice for four years in Washington, D.C., with an emphasis on commercial and intellectual property litigation and administrative practice before the FCC.
Bob spent the next seven years with the United States Department of Justice, most recently as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, where he concentrated on white collar fraud and computer fraud. He prosecuted the "Coconut Connection" case, which Forbes magazine identified as one of the largest telecommunications fraud cases on record. He was lead trial attorney on over thirty cases tried to verdict, and received commendations from the Department of Justice, the United States Secret Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chief Postal Inspector. Bob left the Department of Justice and joined his present firm in 1991. He has been listed for several years in Honolulu Magazine's list of "Hawaii's Best Lawyers," and the related Woodward/White reference, "Best Lawyers in America." He is also listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.
He was one of five lawyer delegates from Hawaii to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and was the lawyer chair of the U.S. District Court Hawaii District Conference in 2006. He is past chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, and of the HSBA Technology Committee. He has been a member of the Hawaii Supreme Court's Standing Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions for more than a decade, and is also on the Board of Bar Examiners. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Better Business Bureau, and the American Arbitration Association. He has authored the monograph, Basic Copyright Law: Tips for the Television Producer (Olelo 1991), was the author of the monthly article "Law of the Line" in Hawaii Business, and has been a speaker and co-author for numerous seminars, including The Law of the Internet in Hawaii (NBI 1998), Year 2000 Computer Bug - The Legal Issues (HICLE 1998), Copyright Law for the Digital Age in Hawaii (NBI 2000); Understanding Basic Trademark and Unfair Competition Law In Hawaii and Beyond (Lorman 2001); Internet Law for Electronic Commerce in Hawaii (Lorman 2001); Hawaii Copyright Law Boot Camp (NBI 2002); and An Introduction to Intellectual Property Law in Hawaii (Lorman 2003).
He was a counsel of record in the following reported cases: Mroz v. Hoaloha Na Eha, Inc., 360 F..Supp.2d. 1122 (D.Haw. 2005); Kaiser v. First Hawaiian Bank, 30 F.Supp.2d 1255 (D.Hawaii 1997), aff'd sub nom. Koken v. First Hawaiian Bank, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 22719 (9th Cir. 2000); Warner v. Denis, 84 Hawai'i 338, 933 P.2d 1372 (ICA 1997); Unity House, Inc. v. NPI, 918 F.Supp. 1384 (D.Haw. 1996); Batdorf v. Equifax, 949 F.Supp. 777 (D.Haw 1996), 1999 U.S.App. LEXIS 7380 (9th Cir. 1999); Pedrina v. Chun, 906 F.Supp. 1377 (D.Haw. 1995); Pedrina v. Chun, 987 F.2d 608 (9th Cir. 1993); Arai v. Tachibana, 778 F.Supp 1535 (D.Haw. 1991); In re Motion for Return of Property, 681 F.Supp. 677 (D.Haw. 1988); Waller v. United States, 531 A.2d. 994 (D.C. 1986); McKoy v. United States, 518 A.2d 1013 (D.C. 1986); United States v. Barbour, 813 F.2d 1232 (D.C. Cir. 1987); Glascoe v. United States, 514 A.2d 455 (D.C. 1986); Robinson v. United States, 513 A.2d 218 (D.C. 1986); Doepel v. United States, 510 A.2d 1044 (D.C. 1986); Osgood v. District of Columbia, 567 F.Supp. 1026 (D.D.C. 1983).