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Ryan C. Richardson

Ryan C. Richardson

Ryan C. Richardson is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics and Trial & Appellate Practice Groups. Ryan’s practice focuses on post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO, as well as U.S. district court litigation and fast-track Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Ryan has appeared as counsel of record on behalf of both patent owners and petitioners in numerous contested cases before the PTAB involving technologies ranging from semiconductor fabrication to wireless communications. Further, Ryan has significant experience in handling the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications for a wide range of entities from emerging growth companies to large multi-national corporations.

Ryan is a co-author of "Patent Office Litigation," a two-volume set focused on post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. This book examines how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, and delivers practical analysis and advice.

Ryan also has experience in various other areas of patent law including opinion drafting (infringement and validity), due diligence investigations, and technology licensing. His technical experience spans numerous disciplines including wired and wireless communications, graphics processing, digital devices, semiconductor devices, electronic circuits, digital integrated circuits and design techniques for rapid implementations of very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuits, MOS technology and logic. He also has experience in the technical fields of optics, electrical biophysics, passive, active, reflective and emissive flat panel display technologies, and signals and systems processing.

Prior to joining the firm, Ryan completed multiple internships, and an externship, at other patent law firms where he was heavily involved in all aspects of U.S. patent prosecution, patent preparation, and opinion drafting.

Ryan has participated in, and now works closely with, the People to People Student Ambassador Program and the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED).

Ryan earned his J.D., with a focus on intellectual property law, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. He received his B.S.E in electrical engineering, with honors, from the University of Michigan.

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Intellectual Property Law
University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
Electrical Engineering
University of Michigan
with honors


District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Patent & Trademark Office