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 and realize value from their intellectual property portfolios. 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.
Pat counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues, including strategic patent portfolio development and post-grant reviews. He helps his clients navigate the intellectual property landscape, including providing clearance, infringement, and validity opinions. Pat develops and executes licensing strategies by analyzing IP portfolios, performing market analysis, and providing technical strategy in support of licensing efforts. Pat is experienced in a variety of technologies, including wireless networks, digital communication systems, cloud computing, distributed systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies, imaging and image processing, data analytics, and data science.
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, including reviewing prosecution histories, identifying value-driving assets, and analyzing open source licensing issues.
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 at law firms specializing in intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. Through these roles, Pat prosecuted and managed worldwide patent portfolios by harvesting invention disclosures, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, 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.