Robert R. Richardson

Mr. Richardson has been practicing intellectual property (“IP”) law for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in client counseling, IP strategy development and implementation, portfolio management, IP rights in government contracts, IP licensing, and patent preparation and prosecution – as outside counsel and as in-house counsel, for Fortune 500 companies and for startup companies.

Mr. Richardson’s technical areas include electrical and electronics devices, semiconductor devices and fabrication, computer hardware and software, ultrasound devices, medical devices, nuclear power, other energy conversion technologies, aerospace technologies, and mechanical devices.

Mr. Richardson was IP Counsel at The Boeing Company, where he negotiated a favorable settlement with a patent assertion foundation and started up an IP holding subsidiary. He was Chief Patent Counsel at TerraPower, LLC – a startup company founded by Bill Gates to design advanced nuclear reactors based on a patent application drafted by Mr. Richardson. He also started and grew a solo patent practice into a practice with 3 patent attorneys and support staff. Before becoming a patent attorney, Mr. Richardson completed the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power training program and served onboard a U.S. Navy submarine as a nuclear-trained officer. After leaving active duty, Mr. Richardson served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was an electronics engineer for the U.S. Navy.


B.S.E.E., United States Naval Academy
U.S. Navy Nuclear Power training program (1,000 contact hours – equivalent to Master’s in Nuclear Engineering)
M.B.A. in Engineering and Technology Management, City University of Seattle
J.D., Seattle University


WA and before the USPTO

Other Pursuits

Mr. Richardson is a triathlete (Half Ironman) and ultra-marathoner (50K – 31 miles). Mr. Richardson also is a jazz-and-blues bass player and plays bass in a regularly gigging rock band.

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