Patrick Richards

Patrick is an experienced IP attorney, serial entrepreneur, and adjunct professor who focuses on using intellectual property to drive commercial value.


Patrick RichardsHaving counseled a broad range of tech clients, Patrick is adept at identifying and supporting the specific legal needs of each client and each field of technology. He has prosecuted patents in the software, health care, clean technology, transportation, biotech, construction, and many other sectors. He advised numerous software companies on their trademark, copyright, and licensing issues and he has helped tech companies protect their most valuable trade secrets.

Patrick is not only a tech lawyer; he has been the founder of several startups himself, including a technology and data based business named as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies in 2014. As such, he brings a high-level business perspective to his counseling of growth companies.

Beyond his tech experience, Patrick has prosecuted thousands of patents in an array of fields. He has deep experience in trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and software licensing. He also assists clients in drafting agreements with their employees, contractors, vendors, suppliers, distributors, licensees, licensors, etc. to address any intellectual property concerns in those relationships. Patrick enjoys working with businesses to find the best path for protecting their inventions, distinguishing their brands, and growing their bottom line. He is adept at both a high-level strategy, as well as detailed problem solving. Patrick takes pride in patiently helping clients understand and evaluate their options before moving forward to take the appropriate legal action.

Patrick’s clients cover a broad range of industries, including health care, food and nutraceuticals, fintech, biotech and life science, consumer products, transportation, and construction. He not only counsels’ clients with respect to U.S. laws and protection, but also assists them with their international needs as well.

Patrick was previously a partner in the Intellectual Property, Media and Technology group of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a large international general practice law firm headquartered in Chicago. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Pritzker Northwestern School of Law.

Contact Patrick: 312.858.6829 |



  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 2000
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, B.S. civil engineering, with honors, 1997

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star 2012-2015
  • Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers 2015
  • Peer Rated as AV Preeminent by my peers through Martindale-Hubble
  • Client Rated as 5.0 Preeminent by my clients through Martindale-Hubble

Areas of Practice

IP Portfolio Counseling and Management

Patent and Trademark Searches and Opinions.

Patent and Trademark Prosecution.

Copyright Registration.

Trade Secret Protection.

IP Litigation (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets).

IP Licenses, Sales and Other Transactions (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets).

IP Related Agreements (Confidentiality, Non-Disclosure, Non-compete, Non-Circumvention, SAAS)