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Rich is a registered patent attorney who has practiced for more than 30 years and has experience with virtually all aspects of U.S. and international patent, trademark and copyright preparation, prosecution, litigation, portfolio design and enforcement, licensing and counseling. 

Rich has extensive experience with USPTO proceedings, including post-grant proceedings and inter partes review, as well as covered business method post-grant review, ex parte and inter partes reexaminations.

Rich served as lead counsel on behalf of the patentee in ABB Inc. v. ROY-G-BIV Corp., the first ever Inter Partes Review trials to result in confirmation of all challenged claims. The inter partes review involved  motion control software patents that ABB sought to invalidate on multiple grounds. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board held that ABB failed to prove any of the challenged claims in any of the patents were unpatentable.

He has represented companies and investors of all sizes and in diverse fields such as diagnostic ultrasound, mobile devices, medical devices, robotics, infrared sensors, electronic commerce, software, health care, civil engineering, construction, tunnel-boring machines, drilling technology, alternative energy and telecommunications.

Rich is experienced in using post-grant procedures as a means for correcting latent defects in issued patents to prepare them for superior enforcement. Additionally, he regularly counsels clients on intellectual property issues related to mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financing, recapitalization and distressed situations and joint ventures and strategic alliances.



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Past Appearances


  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1991
  • B.S. and B.A., University of Washington (with honors), 1988

Honors & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America© Technology Law, 2022
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2008, 2010-2019
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