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Background

Timothy W. Riffe is a Principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson. His practice emphasizes complex patent litigation in district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mr. Riffe also advises clients in strategic patent counseling and prosecution. At the ITC, Mr. Riffe is a first-chair litigator and has led numerous litigations to victory. At the PTAB, Mr. Riffe has appeared in approximately 150 proceedings for both patent owners and petitioners across a multitude of technology areas. 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.

Mr. Riffe has received numerous accolades regarding his legal work, including, being named to IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals for the past four years, including being named as a “Top PTAB Practitioner” and recommended for International Trade Commission and for Patent by IAM. He also has been distinguished as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Intellectual Property in Washington, D.C.

He has handled technical matters in such diverse fields as oil refining processes, semiconductors, optical networking systems, lithium-ion batteries, medical devices, power generation, and telecommunications.

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.

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

Education

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


Virginia Tech 1993
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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 (2016-2019) list
“Top PTAB Practitioner” by Managing Intellectual Property (2018).
Recommended by the IAM Patent 1000 for International Trade Commission (2012, 2013) and for Patent (2013, 2014)
Named to Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (2013)
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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