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Background

Timothy W. Riffe is a Principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson. His practice emphasizes post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), patent litigation, strategic patent counseling and prosecution. Mr. Riffe has experience representing both patent owners and petitioners in inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings before the PTAB. Mr. Riffe’s extensive litigation and prosecution/counseling experience combined with his post-grant practice allows Mr. Riffe to bring a wealth of knowledge across multiple disciplines within the intellectual property field to bear on his clients’ behalf.

He has handled technical matters in such diverse fields as semiconductors, medical devices, power generation, disc drives, beverage dispensing, telecommunications, oil refining processes, software, and toys.

Mr. Riffe assists in the management of patent portfolios for a variety of large and small technology clients. Mr. Riffe’s services include patent portfolio strategy and development, opinions on patent validity and infringement, patent landscape and freedom to operate (right to practice) studies.

As noted above, Mr. Riffe also has extensive patent litigation experience before the U.S. International Trade Commission and Federal District Courts. By way of example, Mr. Riffe’s cases have involved VoIP, disc drives, semiconductors, video displays, computer peripheral devices, baseband processor chips, and interface circuits.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Riffe worked as a design and process engineer for Michelin Tire Corporation and DuPont.

Education

J.D., George Washington University Law School 2001
The American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal
with honors


B.S., Virginia Tech 1993
Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1999
  • District of Columbia 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member, Advisory Board of The Children's Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Other Distinctions

Awards
Named to IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals (2016-2017) list
Named to Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (2013)
Recommended by the IAM Patent 1000 for International Trade Commission (2012, 2013) and for Patent (2013, 2014)
Distinguished as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Intellectual Property (2011-2012)​

Select Publications
Co-author, “9 Common Pitfalls With Post-Grant Proceedings, Law360 (2014).” Co-author, “Recent Legislation: The American Inventors Protection Act of 1999,” Bio-Science Law Review 3: 93-98 (1999). Co-author, “Proposed Changes In US Patent Regulations May Impose Increased Burdens With Respect To Information Disclosure Statements,” Bio-Science Law Review 3: 123-25 (1998). Co-author, “Status of Legislation To Reorganize The US Patent And Trademark Office And Amend US Patent Law,” Bio-Science Law Review 2: 78 (1998).

Select Speaking Engagements
Consero Group’s “Post-Grant Executive Roundtable” (September 2014).

“How the Use of Discovery is Evolving in Inter Partes Review Proceedings,” Fish Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar Series, (June 12, 2013).

“The New Age of Enforcement: Post-Grant. How to Avoid Being the Victim When Asserting Your Patents,” The IP Strategy Summit: Enforcement, Washington, DC, (May 29, 2013).

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