Merle Richman, a partner at TechLaw, LLP is an intellectual property attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice law in California. Merle has been preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patents and trademarks, conducting patent and trademark infringement and freedom to operate reviews and drafting related opinions, IP related financing due diligence, preparing IP related, manufacturing, distribution, and development agreements, and providing litigation support for intellectual property related legal actions for over 20 years, in particular representing many startup companies.
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- Temple University Law School (J.D.)
- Columbia University, Electrical Engineering (M.S.)
- Drexel University, Electrical/Computer Engineering (B.S.)
- Patent Protection
- Electrical Engineering
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
Mr. Richman's Professional Profile
His technical expertise areas include Computer Hardware and Software, Digital Signal Processing, Electronics, Telecommunications, Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical, Bio-Medical Devices, and Consumer packaged goods for portable devices.
Mr. Richman received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Drexel University in Electrical/Computer Engineering with a specialization in Digital Signal Processing. He received a Master’s of Science degree from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering while a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories via their Local University Part Time program. He received his J.D. from Temple University Law School.
While in Law School, Mr. Richman clerked for Cushman, Darby, and Cushman in Washington, DC, and Ratner and Prestia in Valley Forge, PA. He joined Woodcock Washburn in Philadelphia, PA as an Associate upon Law School Graduation. Mr. Richman was Patent Counsel for PCSI in San Diego, CA prior to starting and running a Solo IP practice in San Diego for 20 years. Mr. Richman joined the TechLaw LLP group in 2016.
Mr. Richman has significant technical experience in addition to legal experience. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff for four years and a programmer at different companies and for his own company from seven years. He has programmed in many languages including machine language on many different systems. He became a paid programmer at the age of 16, writing programs in RPG III on an IBM System 34.