Derek Richmond

Derek Richmond


Derek Richmond focuses his practice on helping to capitalize on new technology in the marketplace. He understands that intellectual property is a tool for turning ideas into income. He routinely counsels clients on how best to maneuver intellectual property to develop and strengthen business. He is experienced in conducting infringement, validity and state of the art studies. He is also experienced in intellectual property enforcement and licensing negotiations, and has been able to discourage potential infringers from trespassing on clients’ rights and promote his clients’ licensing revenue.

Clients from all over the United States and around the world have relied on Derek’s expertise to help reinforce and maintain a foothold in their markets. Derek has directly represented clients in Asia, Europe and Africa in patent prosecution.

Over the course of his career, Derek has worked with several Fortune 100 companies in both a legal and engineering capacity. Derek is experienced in the field of thermodynamics and equipment design for industrial uses. He served as an engineer in plants for two automotive manufacturers, which included designing assembly line components and methods. Part of Derek’s automotive manufacturing experience includes programming robots to assemble finished vehicles. Other manufacturing experience includes designing industrial furnaces for heat treating materials.

Various professional engineering societies, universities and professional associations have continuously sought out Derek’s expertise on various matters. He regularly lectures on the value of intellectual property. He participates in various round table discussions concerning the state and development of intellectual property law.

  • J.D., National Law Center of The George Washington University, 2000
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering (Concentration in Thermal Fluid Systems Design), Lawrence Technological University, 1997
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • "Wii Patent Case: Recalibration Of Means-Plus-Function Scale,"Law360, July 8, 2014
  • "How Fed. Circ. May View Post-AIA Invention Sales Offers,” Law360, August 20, 2013
  • Design Patent Damages — Four New Factors for Making the Determination
  • “Triton Tech v. Nintendo: How Specific Must a Disclosure be About an Algorithm Before it Provides Structure Sufficient for a Means-Plus-Function Claim?” Law 360, July 8, 2014
  • “Ibormeith v. Mercedes-Benz: A Driver Assist Patent that Lost its Way,” December 31, 2013
  • “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales Act of 2013 (“PARTS ACT”) — How this Bill Differs from its Earlier Versions in the 111th and 112th Congresses,” June 6, 2013
  • “USPTO Technology Centers 3600 and 3700 Customer Partnership Meeting,” Round Table Panelist, USPTO Madison Auditorium, Alexandria, VA, June 5, 2017
  • “Entrepreneurship and Digital Media Technologies,” Panelist, Babson College, April 2011
  • “Design Patent Procurement and Enforcement,” Round Table Panelist, CommNexus, San Diego, CA, April 2010
  • “Current Claim Drafting Techniques at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” Lecturer, American Association for the Advancement of Science Conference, San Diego, CA, February 2010
  • “Round Table Discussion Regarding Business Considerations for the Entrepreneur,” Panelist, Invention-to-Venture Entrepreneurial Conference, February 2009
  • "Federal Hiring Freeze Could Hurt Patent Quality," Law360, January 24, 2017