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Marc V. Richards


With more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property law, Marc V. Richards has helped secure and defend the innovations for the world’s largest high performing companies and for the newest high-tech start-ups. His experience in litigation, patent office inter partes proceedings, patent prosecution, and IP portfolio management translates into confident navigation of complex intellectual property matters.

Marc focuses his practice in a broad range of technologies including material sciences, hydrocarbon and chemical processing, specialty chemicals, food science, pharmaceutical therapeutics, medical devices, and computer software innovations applying data analytics, blockchain, AI, and cloud computing. He also counsels clients on patent infringement and invalidity investigations, licensing, and trade secret matters. Clients often look to Marc for advice in protecting non-traditional innovations and emerging technologies. Having traveled the globe for a half dozen years as an engineer and then cutting his teeth as a patent attorney prosecuting global portfolios extending over 40 countries, Marc brings a wealth of international IP experience to his clients’ advantage.

Marc has lectured internationally on numerous topics of intellectual property law and is active in several legal associations. He is the former President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) and former Chair for the AIPPI-US Group, a division of the AIPLA and is active with AIPPI at the International level. He previously served on the Board of Directors for three Intellectual Property Law Associations. He is also President of a small non-profit theatrical production company.

Marc worked in the chemical industry developing an expertise in computer process control and became a licensed professional engineer. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, he was a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione.


  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.S. Chemical Engineering (1992)
  • University of Chicago, M.B.A. (1993) with honors
  • Loyola University of Chicago Law School, J.D. (1993) cum laude


  • PTAB Bar Association
    Director, 2016–2018, 2019–2020
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
    Immediate Past Chair, US Group, 2020–present
    Chair, US Group, 2018–2020
    Vice Chair, US Group, 2016–2018 
    Treasurer, US Group, 2015–2016
    Int’l Chair of Q on Security Interests—Milan, 2016
    Int’l Chair of Q217 Working Committee—Hyderabad ExCo, 2011
    US Group Steering Committee, 2013–2015
    US Group Chair Q213, Q217, and Q241
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
    Immediate Past President, May 2021–present
    President, 2020–2021
    President Elect, 2019–2020
    Treasurer, 2011–2013
    Board of Managers, 2002–2004
  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court, Founding Master, 2007
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, 1989


Admitted to practice: Illinois, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Litigation

IP Strategy, Prosecution and Portfolio Management

Global IP Law

Life Sciences

Post-Grant Proceedings

Patent Prosecution

IP Transactions and Diligence

Renewable Energy

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  • US 8,889,747 Fischer Tropsch Reactor with Integrated Organic Rankine Cycle
  • US 8,645,420 Methodology Framework and Delivery Vehicle
  • US 8,558,020 Aqueous Hydrogen Peroxide Solution, Process for its Preparation and Use Therefore
  • US 8,266,066 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Management
  • US 8,065,210 Total Return to Shareholders Analytics
  • US 7,854,911 Method of Removing Sulfur Dioxide from a Flue Gas Stream
  • US 7,739,590 Automatic Generation of Personal Homepages for a Sales Force
  • US 7,126,558 Industrial Augmented Reality
  • US 7,020,621 Method for Determining Total Cost of Ownership
  • US 6,895,383 Overall Risk in a System
  • US 6,869,686 Irradiated Biaxially-Oriented Film
  • US 6,738,736 Method and Estimator for Providing Capacity Modelling and Planning
  • US 6,740,409 Polymer Films
  • US 6,270,555 Process for Treating Precious Metal Ores
  • US 6,244,707 UV Blocking Lenses and Materials Containing Benzotriazoles and Benzophenones
  • US 6,121,321 Substituted Methoxy Benzylidene Indenyl Acetic and Propionic Acids for Treatment of Patients With Precancerous Lesions
  • US 5,858,694 Method for Identifying Compounds for Inhibition of Cancerous Lesions
  • US 5,834,002 Chewing Gum Containing Colloidal Bismuth Subcitrate
  • US 5,618,504 Method For Recovery of Alkali Values from Trona Using Sequential Crystallization
  • WO 01/05578 Thermoformable Ophthalmic Lenses
  • WO 00/59365 Biomedical Devices with Polyimide Coating
  • WO 99/31506 Parallel Solution Phase Synthesis of Lactams


  • Hossack v. Roundhill, Patent Interference 105,877 JC (Patent Board of Appeals & Interferences). Interference proceeding involving U.S. Patent No. 5,928,151 directed to ultrasound medical diagnostics technology. Case settled.
  • Elazar v. Petrushin, Patent Interference 105,737 JL (Patent Board of Appeals & Interferences). Interference proceeding involving U.S. Patent No. 6,542,602 directed to vocal emotion recognition technology. Case settled.
  • Maziuk v. Ritzenthaler, Patent Interference 105,693 McK (Patent Board of Appeals & Interferences). Interference proceeding involving U.S. Patent No. 7,481,987 directed to flue gas desulfurization technology. Case settled.
  • First Health Group v. Allcare Health Mgmt System Inc., Case No. IL N-1:01cv1790 (Northern District of Illinois). Declaratory judgment action filed by medical insurance provider against patentee seeking declaration of patent invalidity, non-infringement, and unenforceability. Case settled before trial.
  • Allcare Health Mgmt System, Inc. v. Advance Paradigm, Inc., et al., Case No. 400-CV-1683-E (Northern District of Texas-Fort Worth Division). Patent infringement action asserted against defendants' pharmaceutical benefit computer systems. Case settled before trial.
  • S.C. Johnson Commercial Markets, Inc. v. The B.F. Goodrich Company, Case No.98 C 0052 S (Western District of Wisconsin). Infringement and validity of three patents relating to bulk polymerization process for making acrylic copolymers. Two patent counts were withdrawn before trial, and the remaining count was settled at beginning of trial.
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The Metaverse Takes Virtual Meetings – And Everything Else – A Step Beyond Zoom Asia IP (September 13, 2022)
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Patents And Artificial Intelligence: An ‘Obvious’ Slippery Slope Bloomberg Law (October 8, 2021)
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"Converting Your Patent Portfolio To Patent NFTs? Best To ‘Wait And See’," IPWatchdog (July 8, 2021). Authors: Marc V. Richards, and Daniel H. Broaddus.
"The Uncharted Path for Patenting Artificial Intelligence in the US," The Patent Lawyer (2021). Author: Marc V. Richards.
"Federal Circuit Confirms Adding Co-Inventors to Cancer Treatment Patents," IP Insights (July 28, 2020). Contact: Marc V. Richards
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Marc Richards Mentioned in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (May 3, 2017)
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CDLB Mentions Marc Richards Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (February 27, 2017)
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Marc Richards Mentioned in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (October 6, 2016)
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