Patrick Richards

Patrick Richards

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Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Chicago, IL

Richards Patent Law P.C.
 | 233 S. Wacker Dr., 84th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-283-8555
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property
Attorney Profile

Patrick is the owner of Richards Patent Law, a Chicago-based boutique IP firm that serves clients from around the world.

Patrick opened Richards Patent Law in 2009 after spending over eight years with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a large general practice firm in Chicago where he concentrated his practice on patent prosecution, counseling, opinion work and litigation. As a partner at McDermott, Patrick managed international patent portfolios for several major corporations, as well as a number of small and medium sized businesses. Utilizing his strong technical background, Patrick has experience in all phases of utility, design and PCT patent prosecution in many technical fields, including the areas of mechanical, electrical, computer systems, chemical and financial products technologies. In addition to his extensive patent prosecution experience, Patrick has 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, and employment and non-compete agreements.

In 2013, to accomodate a growing client base, Patrick has expanded Richards Patent Law with the addition of two patent attorneys. 

About Patrick Richards

Admitted: 2000, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Registered to Practice at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the Chicago Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee, Solo/Small Firm Practicioners Committe, YLS Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • Member of the Illinois State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Patrick works regularly with the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the only pro bono legal service organization in Illinois benefiting individuals and organizations in all areas of the arts.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-authored a practicioner's guide to protecting your patentable inventions outside of the United States published in Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology., Co-Author, Make Protecting Your Inventions Globally a Priority, 2003
  • Co-authored a comparative analysis of patent law in the fields of genetics and proteomics in the US and UK that was presented at the 2001 Biotech Law and Litigation Summit., Co-Author, Legal Implications for Patent Genomics and Proteomics: A Closer Look at the Differences Between the United States and the United Kingdom, 2001


  • Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome., Client Testimonials, Intellectual Property, 2012


Educational Background:

  • Patrick earned a bachelors of science in civil engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign., 1997

Industry Groups

  • Consumer Goods
  • Medical Devices
  • Software
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Office Location for Patrick Richards

233 S. Wacker Dr.
84th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

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Last Updated: 8/22/2016

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