Rich focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation in the mechanical and electrical arts. His patent prosecution practice includes drafting patent applications, infringement and validity opinions, and post-grant proceedings. He has experience in a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, turbine engines, industrial tools, construction equipment, semiconductors, carbon-carbon brake disks and numerous other technologies. His patent litigation practice has involved representing plaintiffs and defendants in all stages of litigation: pre-suit investigations, formal discovery, motion practice and settlement.

Prior to private practice, Rich was an engineer for seven years with a large agricultural equipment manufacturer. He earned his J.D. from Baylor University, his M.B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Representative Experience

  • Extensive experience in patent prosecution and patent infringement litigation.
  • Prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO and foreign jurisdictions.
  • Patent reviews for products and inventions, including clearances, freedom to operate and patentability studies.
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets.

All Service Areas


  • Baylor University School of Law (1999)
  • University of Northern Iowa (M.B.A.) (1996)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Mechanical Engineering)


  • Federal - United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State - Indiana
  • State - Illinois