Deidra Ritcherson practices in the areas of patent and trademark intellectual property law. She is also the head of the Trademark practice group at her firm. Her practice includes U.S. and non-U.S. patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, patentability and freedom-to-operate studies, trademark selection and clearance, opposition proceedings, patent and trademark licensing, technology transfer agreements, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions with associated intellectual property, portfolio development/invention commercialization/forward patenting, litigation and general client counseling. Her patent experience spans technologies in the electrical and computer science, mechanical and business method arts. In particular, she has experience with inventions related to telecommunications systems and networks, digital signal processing, computer software and hardware, interactive media, semiconductors, analog and digital circuits, sensor technology, gaming and medical devices, materials, financial services and e-commerce. She has written more than 250 original patent applications, and has filed hundreds of responses to Office Actions, in the past ten years. Her trademark experience includes serving as counsel for the procurement, enforcement and maintenance of trademark protection for Fortune 500 companies to start-up companies to charitable organizations. She has filed and prosecuted hundreds of trademark applications during her career. She works with more than 50 non-U.S. patent and trademark attorneys to secure worldwide protection for her clients. Examples of her representations include: representing NTP, Inc. in the reexamination of five of the patents involved in the NTP, Inc. v. Research in Motion, Inc. dispute related to the Blackberry® devices; serving as intellectual property due diligence counsel to international companies in 5-7 multi-million dollar acquisitions of patent and trademark intellectual property; serving as trademark counsel to a Fortune 500 company in the procurement and enforcement of numerous well-known marks used in connection with products for infants; successfully defending an opposition to trademark registration initiated by a multi-national media conglomerate. She has a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (2004), an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley (1999) and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, with honor, from Georgia Tech (1997). Prior to practicing law, Deidra worked in the wireless communication industry as a full-time Research Scientist/Electrical Engineer for Telcordia Technologies. Deidra also completed Electrical Engineering summer internships at Lucent Technologies — Bell Laboratories, MIT — Lincoln Laboratory and Johnson & Johnson.
Areas of Practice
Intellectual Property Law
Head of Trademark Practice Group; Firm Diversity Contact, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
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