Daniel W. Richards


  • JD, magna cum laude, Recipient of the ALI/ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2011; technical editor, Santa Clara University Law Review
  • BS (Mechanical Engineering), University of California, Berkeley


  • California, 2011

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2015

Daniel W. Richards


Daniel W. Richards is an associate in the firm’s intellectual property group. He focuses his work on patent litigation involving a variety of technologies, including semiconductor, computer software, RF, networking, LCD display, content distribution, signal processing, and telecommunications technologies.

Daniel is experienced in all stages of district court and ITC litigation from pre-suit investigations, discovery, claim construction, pre-trial proceedings, trial, and post-trial briefing, and appeals. He has taken and defended depositions of expert and fact witnesses, prepared expert reports, and drafted numerous dispositive and discovery pleadings and motions before the district court, ITC, and Federal Circuit. Daniel has also worked closely with both expert and fact witnesses testifying at trial.

Daniel also has extensive experience in all stages of inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings before the patent office. His experience spans all aspects of both bringing and defending against inter partes review and covered business method review petitions from drafting petitions, preliminary responses, and post-institution briefing and expert reports, to taking and defending depositions and arguing at hearings before the PTAB.

Daniel externed for the Honorable Ronald Whyte, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He is also actively involved in pro bono activities, including successfully helping pro bono clients win appeals challenging denials of welfare benefits, resolve housing disputes, and obtain domestic violence restraining orders. Daniel is actively involved in firm committees including the Associate Liaison Committee and Ropes Multicultural Group.


  • Emerson Electric v. SIPCO et al.(N.D. Ga., ITC, PTAB, CAFC): Representing Emerson Electric in a 10-patent lawsuit, multiple inter partes review proceedings, and Federal Circuit appeals relating to mesh network technology.
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. (PTAB): Representing a client in multiple inter partes review petitions challenging patents relating to analog circuit technologies.
  • Rovi v. Comcast et al. (ITC / PTAB):Representing Rovi in ITC litigation and patent office IPR proceedings involving interactive program guides and related hardware and software.
  • A major consumer electronics company (E.D. Tex., USPTO, CAFC): litigated both a district court case to trial and assisted in numerous CBM review proceedings involving electronic sale and transmission of music and video.
  • Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al. v. Acceleration Bay (PTAB): Representing three global computer gaming companies, including Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive, and Electronic Arts, in challenging three patents through multiple petitions for inter partes review. The patents relate to broadcasting information in computer networks.
  • A major semiconductor manufacturing company v. Optical Measurement Systems, LLC (D. Del.): Obtained favorable early resolution on behalf of client in litigation involving networking hardware technology.
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. (E.D. Tex., N.D. Cal.): Assisted in bringing declaratory judgment action and managing third-party discovery matters in relation to district court litigation involving analog circuit technologies.
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. (PTAB): Defended patents in multiple inter partes review proceedings relating to near field communication and Bluetooth technology.
  • CardioNet LLC v. The ScottCare Corp. (E.D. Pa.): Represented CardioNet in a multi-patent litigation involving cardiac detection technology.
  • Packet Tread LLC v. Samsung Electronics (E.D. Texas): As litigation counsel for Samsung Electronics, obtained favorable early resolution of a lawsuit involving echo cancelation technology.
  • Certain Television Sets, Television Receiver, Television Tuners and Components Thereof: Defended Samsung Electronics in an ITC investigation relating to two patents directed to television tuners. Member of a team that successfully obtained summary determination of non-infringement for a design-around product.
  • Penovia LLC v. a leading global information technology company (E.D. Texas): Successfully developed strategy for early resolution of a lawsuit involving office machine monitoring system technology.
  • A major semiconductor and solar manufacturing equipment company (JAMS): Obtained a complete victory at arbitration in a high-stakes contract and tort dispute concerning an unconsummated transaction for the purchase of a solar manufacturing facility.


  • Daniel is also a member of the Silicon Valley IP Inn of Court, and served as a moderator for a panel discussion of three PTAB judges for the IP Inn of Court
  • JD, magna cum laude, Recipient of the ALI/ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2011; technical editor, Santa Clara University Law Review
  • BS (Mechanical Engineering), University of California, Berkeley
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