He provides tactical and strategic advice to clients based on a broad range of experience stemming from large and small patent, copyright and trademark litigations, preparation of opinions, prosecution work, general counseling and the management of portfolios, including a portfolio with more than 2000 properties.
With regard to prosecution, he has obtained more than 1000 US design patents, trademark registrations, copyright registrations and utility patents for clients. Richard writes and presents on various intellectual property topics, from basic trademark and America Invents Act overviews to detailed assessments of ICANN’s generic top level domain liberalization and the Hague System for international design registration.
Internationally, Richard manages thousands of intellectual properties in more than 70 foreign jurisdictions, has experience with mass multi-jurisdictional transfers of properties between entities, and has visited more than 70 countries.
Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, where he was a member of the Mortar Board, Eta Kappa Nu, Knights of St. Patrick and Senior 100 honor societies.
Richard graduated, cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy and the Legislation Editor of the Illinois Law Update section of The Illinois Bar Journal. He participated in the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court competition, was a founding editor of Modern Trends in Intellectual Property and received a Rickerts award.
Richard continues his involvement with the University of Illinois as a member of the Athletic Board and as a member of the President’s Council, Chancellor’s Circle and Cribbet Society. He also served on the Board of Visitors for the College of Law, Board of Directors of the University of Illinois Law Alumni group, and was a member of the Campus Alumni Advisory Board. He has also volunteered for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Illinois Imprint leadership program, has mentored dozens of students, and regularly returns to campus to discuss careers in patent law.
In 2012, Northwestern University School of Law appointed Richard as an Adjunct Professor, where he co-teaches “Intellectual Property Pre-Trial Litigation Skills.” Richard taught the same course as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center from 2005-2011. He also serves on the Midwest Coordinating Committee for the INTA-sponsored Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition, and has been a panelist, moderator or speaker at the University of Illinois College of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law and The John Marshall Law School. Richard is also a co-chair of the Technology for the Litigator committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation.
Richard also has experience with governmental relations. He has drafted legislation for members of the Illinois General Assembly, including P.A. 91-778, which substantially amended the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Act. Richard also interned for a Congressman in Washington D.C. and served as a legislative extern to the Illinois House of Representatives.
Richard has been named an “Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star,” which touts the state's top 2% of up-and-coming attorneys under the age of 40.
Richard is admitted to the Illinois State Bar and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Richard practices in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.