Patrick Richards

Patrick founded RPL, and is a patent attorney, the co-founder of a medical device software company, and a professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Photo of Patrick RichardsMy Approach

I enjoy working with my clients to find the best strategies for protecting their inventions, distinguishing their brands, and building their businesses. At heart, I am a problem solver and a teacher. I take pride in patiently helping my clients understand and evaluate their options before we move forward to take the appropriate legal action. A few of my favorite clients refer to me as an “IP strategy architect” – someone that helps them creatively design their business’s competitive advantage.

One of my primary goals for Richards Patent Law is to eliminate the obstacles to communication inherent in the traditional, hourly based, attorney-client relationships.

In my practice, I focus on developing and implementing intellectual property strategies for growing businesses, particularly small and mid-size businesses, as well as with entrepreneurs. I use my expertise in patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets to protect IP assets with an eye towards nurturing my client’s growth and long-term success.

In addition to working with entrepreneurs, I am an entrepreneur, founding Richards Patent Law and co-founding Resonance Medical, LLC, a medical device software company focusing on the development and commercialization of software that powers hearing aids, cochlear implants and other neuromodulation devices.

In addition to my entrepreneurship, I also teach innovation as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in the NUvention: Medical course, an interdisciplinary experiential learning program that walks student teams through the steps associated with bringing a medical innovation to the patient, spanning product innovation and development, intellectual property, regulatory, and business development issues. NUvention: Medical Innovation is a collaboration among Feinberg School of MedicinePritzker School of LawKellogg School of Management, and McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science.

I am committed to meeting the needs of my clients. Richards Patent Law is structured to deliver the best IP services and the highest level of client satisfaction.

I am often recommended to new clients based on my strong legal and technological credentials, but I am most proud of the number of clients that refer me to others based on my commitment to their long-term interests.

My Background

Prior to starting Richards Patent Law in 2009, I spent over eight years as a patent attorney with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a large international general practice law firm in Chicago. As a partner in the Intellectual Property, Media and Technology group, I managed international patent portfolios for several large corporations, as well as a number of small and mid-sized businesses.

In addition to my extensive patent prosecution and litigation experience across many technological fields, I have counseled numerous clients on matters concerning: patent portfolio acquisition and management; patent portfolio licenses, sales and purchases; joint development agreements; freedom to practice opinions; patentability opinions; non-infringement opinions; enforceability opinions; and employment and non-compete agreements.

I earned a JD from the University of Virginia, School of Law and a BS in civil engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I am admitted to practice before the courts of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. I also am a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I was recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star annually from 2012 through 2015, as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2015, and I was honored to be profiled by Chicago Lawyer Magazine in an article about entrepreneurial Chicago lawyers.

Attorney Profile

Patrick Richards

Founder, Managing Attorney, and Registered Patent Attorney
Richards Patent Law P.C.

General Counsel and Professional Responsibility Partner
Richards Patent Law P.C.

Chief Strategy Officer
Resonance Medical LLC

Adjunct Professor
Pritzker Northwestern School of Law


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