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Richard J. Anderson

Principal, Chief Operating Officer

Minneapolis, MN
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​Richard J. Anderson is a principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson P.C. and serves as the firm’s chief operating officer. As COO, Mr. Anderson is responsible for all of the firm’s administrative functions globally and oversees the firm’s financial management. He also works with the firm’s administrative department heads to ensure exceptional quality and continuous improvement in all administrative processes. Mr. Anderson serves as an ex officio member of the firm’s management committee and chairs the firm’s intake committee, which is responsible for evaluating new business opportunities and managing ethical conflicts. As chair of the intake committee, Mr. Anderson re-engineered all of the firm’s intake processes.

Prior to his appointment as COO, Mr. Anderson served on the firm’s management committee for fourteen years, helping to create and implement the firm’s strategic plan and expand the firm’s global footprint. In addition, for nine years he served as leader of the patent group, one of the firm’s largest practice groups. Under his leadership, the group established a reputation as the premier firm for patent portfolio strategy, planning, prosecution, and management, and became a leader in handling post-grant validity proceedings.

Mr. Anderson co-founded the firm’s Twin Cities office and served as firm-wide hiring principal during a time when the firm’s number of offices tripled.

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Education

M.Sc. with distinction, Leadership and Strategy, London Business School (2016) Sloan Fellow


J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Minnesota Law School (1991)


B.A. summa cum laude, Biology, College of St. Thomas (1984)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1993
  • Minnesota 1991
Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Daniel M. Friedman, 1991 - 1992

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