Of Counsel
Intellectual Property


Richard Torczon is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the patent litigation practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Richard was an Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), where, since 1996, he worked on patent interferences and appeals. During his tenure at the PTAB, he wrote more than a thousand opinions and orders on patent appeals, petitions, motions, and briefs. Richard was an early member of the interference trial section and authored many of the PTAB's rules. He has experience in the full spectrum of technologies reviewed by the PTAB, including computer-based inventions, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and medical devices, and plant and design patents.

Before serving as a judge, Richard was an associate solicitor in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) Office of the Solicitor, where he represented the USPTO on patent and trademark matters, particularly before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Additionally, Richard was an Honors Attorney at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and prior to joining the government, he worked at the Adachi International Patent Law firm in Nagoya, Japan.

Richard has spoken extensively on legal ethics, effective arguments, and board-related topics at programs for numerous organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. He was a lecturer at the Patent Academy of the USPTO, starting in 1999.

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • M.S., Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., Computer Science, Rice University
  • Panelist, "The Impact of Post-Grant Challenges to the Value of Life Sciences Patents," WSGR event, Four Seasons, East Palo Alto, October 2018
  • Panelist, "Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Trends and Developments," All-Hands Meeting, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, October 2018
  • Panelist, Post-Grant Practice Roundtable, George Washington University Law School, September 2017
  • Presenter, "Parallel Proceedings: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly," American Conference Institute, New York, May 2017
  • Presenter, "Claim Interpretation Lifecycle: How to Apply the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard from Patent Preparation Through Litigation and IPR," AIPLA Webinar, April 2017
  • Presenter, "The Broadest Reasonable Interpretation of BRI," Patent Law/Patent-Relations with the USPTO, AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 2016
  • Presenter, "Patent Trial and Appeal Board Developments and Trial Strategy," IP Defense Summit - Seattle, October 2015
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Contact Information

1700 K Street NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-973-8811

Email | Richard

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