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Samuel P. Richey

Samuel P. Richey (Pat) is a partner at the firm’s Chicago office. He is a member of the IP Procurement and Portfolio Management and IP Litigation practice groups. 

With a background in computer science and a previous career as a software engineer, Pat takes a holistic approach in the way he helps clients achieve their business goals. Pat represents clients ranging in size from venture-backed startups to multinational companies in developing, managing, and protecting all aspects of their intellectual property.

Pat counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues, including strategic patent portfolio development. He helps his clients navigate the intellectual property landscape, including providing clearance, infringement, and validity opinions. Pat provides technical expertise in licensing efforts and crafts cost-effective client strategies to resolve requests from non-practicing entities.

Pat builds personal relationships with his clients and believes intellectual property portfolios can tell the story and successes of a business. He makes it a priority to understand his clients’ business and their objectives so he can provide comprehensive services and creative solutions aligned with his client’s goals. Pat has a track record of success with building valuable portfolios for clients, negotiating successful exits, and everything in between.

In addition to developing strategic intellectual property portfolios, Pat counsels his clients in a variety of transactional matters. He focuses on drafting and reviewing a variety of licensing and of business agreements, including licensing software and hardware systems, consulting agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. Pat performs due diligence on intellectual property portfolios during mergers and acquisitions, from reviewing prosecution formalities, determining valuations, and identifying open source licensing issues to ensuring key representations and warranties are met.

Prior to joining the firm, Pat worked as a software engineer and consultant at a variety of companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies and served as an attorney for an American law firm that specializes in intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, computer franchise, and unfair competition law. Through this role, Pat prosecuted and managed worldwide patent portfolios by harvesting invention disclosures, drafting patent applications, responding to Office actions, and conducting hearings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Additionally, Pat collaborated with global teams on business objectives and IP strategy, portfolio development, and licensing. Pat also served as an adjunct professor teaching courses in intellectual property and patent drafting.

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