Richard is a registered patent attorney and an engineer with three decades of experience in the design and development of components and systems for telecommunications, aerospace and defense applications.

Richard’s practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, IP licensing and post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act. His experience includes electronics, telecommunications, solid-state devices, and electro-mechanical devices and systems. Richard has also prosecuted many Inter Partes Reviews under the AIA (America Invents Act) and has argued before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board.

Richard offers clients deep experience both in industry as an electrical engineer and as outside counsel. Richard began his engineering career in Silicon Valley designing microwave components for advanced avionics systems at companies including Applied Technology and TRW. He later worked at divisions of Agilent Technologies and Signal Technology, where he expanded his technical experience in the design and development of satellite communications and signal intelligence systems. Richard also worked with Teledyne CME as its Director of Electrical Engineering and later as Director of Engineering Operations.

After 29 years in engineering, Richard decided to pursue a career in the legal profession. After law school, he began his legal career in Silicon Valley as a patent attorney with Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zaffman, a well-known patent prosecution boutique. There, he honed his patent drafting and prosecution skills for iconic Silicon Valley companies like Intel, Microsoft and National Semiconductor.

Richard has since gained years of experience as outside counsel advising clients in both patent prosecution and patent litigation. His deep and broad engineering background has proved invaluable in the analysis and deconstruction of patents asserted against his firm’s clients.

Professional Activities

  • IEEE Life Member
  • American Bar Association, Sections on Intellectual Property, Litigation
  • San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Bar admissions

2003, California

Admitted to practice before:

  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., 2003, California Western School of Law
    • The Innocence Project
  • M.S., 1981, Santa Clara University, Electrical Engineering
  • B.S., 1971, Stanford University, Electrical Engineering