Fish & Richardson Attorneys Named Recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

Fish & Richardson is proud to announce that six of its attorneys were named recipients of the Pro Bono Achievement Certificate by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This recognition acknowledges those law firms and attorneys who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program a success.

The Fish attorneys recognized and their respective programs include:

  • Timothy Riffe - California Inventors Assistance Program
  • Yao Wang - California Inventors Assistance Program
  • Craig Deutsch - LegalCORPS' Inventor Assistance Program
  • Grace Kim - LegalCORPS' Inventor Assistance Program
  • Jacqueline Tio - Georgia PATENTS
  • Tracy Hitt - Georgia PATENTS

The Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network that matches volunteer patent professionals with financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection. Since its launch in 2015, more than 1,800 patent professionals have volunteered their time and resources to the program.

In 2020, the program shattered its previous volunteer participation record, as more than 100 patent practitioners and more than 25 corporations and law firms reported 50 or more hours of patent pro bono service to a regional patent pro bono program.

Craig Deutsch is a principal in the Twin Cities office. His practice focuses on patents, with a primary emphasis on defending and invalidating patents in post-grant proceedings.

Tracy Hitt is a principal in the Atlanta office. His practice emphasizes patent portfolio counseling and management, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patent infringement analysis, patent validity analysis, and post-grant patent challenges.

Grace Kim is a principal in the Twin Cities office. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution, client counseling and strategic portfolio development, clearance investigations, patentability analysis and due diligence investigations.

Timothy Riffe is a principal in the Washington, D.C., office. His practice emphasizes complex patent litigation in U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Jaqueline Tio is a principal in the Atlanta office. Her practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation matters, including patent and trade secrets litigation in venues across the country and covering a wide range of technologies.

Yao Wang is a principal in the Washington, D.C. office. He has significant experience in post-grant proceedings, ex-parte reexamination proceedings, reissue applications, and appeals, including conducting one oral argument before the PTAB.

For a fill list of individuals and law firms, visit the USPTO Pro Bono Program webpage.