Overview

As a senior member of the firm’s patent prosecution group, Jonathan W. Richards works closely with clients in the management and development of their IP portfolios by helping them identify and protect key innovations and technologies through careful selection of U.S. and foreign IP protection strategies. He holds extensive experience working with patent, trademark and copyright matters and conducts due diligence investigations focused on funding transactions, negotiating and documenting asset acquisition and licensing transactions. He also frequently manages the preparation of formal legal opinions on a variety of issues including patent validity, infringement, and non-infringement and design around strategies. Mr. Richards regularly works with clients in the presentation of in-house seminars designed to assist them with educational presentations to engineers and managers on intellectual property issues. His technical experience includes electronics and electrical engineering, computer systems, e-commerce, IT, mechanics, software, and mechanical engineering.

Experience

Experience
  • U.S. and International Prosecution of IP
  • U.S. and International Patent Prosecution
  • U.S. and International Trademark Prosecution
  • U.S. Copyright Registrations
  • Licensing, Other Transactional Work and Client Counseling

Education

Education
  • J.D., Order of the Coif, Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1984
  • B.S., cum laude, Electrical Engineering University of Utah, 1981

Admissions

Admissions
  • Utah State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Achievements

Achievements
  • 2015 – 2017, The Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2014, 2015, “Utah Legal Elite”, Utah Business Magazine
  • 2003 – 2005, Representative, AIPLA, Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Adjunct Faculty, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • Chair of the Trademark Treaties and International Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association

Community Involvement

Community Involvement
  • National Advisory Council, University of Utah College of Engineering

Memberships

Memberships
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

Publications

Publications
  • Rick D. Nydegger & Jonathan W. Richards, Design Around Techniques, in Electronic And Software Patents: Law And Practice (Steven W. Lundberg & Stephen C. Durant eds., 2000) (2d ed. 2005).

Languages

Languages
  • German