Partner

For almost 20 years, Rich Feustel has provided proven and successful results for clients on the West Coast and around the world. Rich advises clients in a variety of technical disciplines, including consumer electronics, integrated circuits, power converters, medical devices, telecommunications, cloud computing, storage area network systems, Internet applications, financial trading systems, and industrial equipment.

Rich focuses on strategic portfolio development – building patent portfolios that achieve real-world results for his clients. Typically these results are measured by the success of a licensing program, an ability to secure other types of liquidity events, or successful assertions in the US or abroad. Rich has also enjoyed helping inventors who simply want to obtain a patent because it was personally meaningful. Whatever the goal, Rich employs his years of hybrid litigation and prosecution experience to ensure that when its time for your portfolio to perform, it will. Rich is also extremely experienced in strategically managing patent office challenges, having defended against (and requested) numerous reexaminations and similar proceedings in the US and abroad.

Representative Clients and Matters

  • Develop and prosecute Tivo's world-wide patent portfolio of over 5,000 issued patents and pending applications; support Tivo’s world-class licensing program by demonstrating examples of use to and responding to challenges from third parties around the world; and defend Tivo’s portfolio against third-party challenges in the USPTO and patent offices abroad.
  • Premier Networks, Inc. v. Lucent Technologies Inc. and AT&T Corp. (Fed. Cir.) – Represented Lucent and AT&T in a case relating to electronic telephone circuits decided by summary judgment in favor of Lucent and AT&T and affirmed by the Federal Circuit.
  • VLT, Inc. v. Lucent Technologies Inc. and Tyco Electronic Power Systems, (Fed. Cir.) – Represented Lucent and Tyco in appeal to the Federal Circuit. Achieved a consented-to judgment of non-infringement after a favorable Markman ruling.
  • Wedding.com, Inc. v. The Knot, Inc. - Represented WeddingChannel in an action in the Southern District of New York for infringement of WeddingChannel’s patent relating to an Internet-based gift registry, and for violation of federal and state computer fraud and abuse statutes. Presently prosecuting The Knot’s patent portfolio post-merger.
  • Represented Transmeta in a number of inter partes reexaminations requested for Transmeta’s patents by Intel.
  • Represented Motorola in requesting reexamination of a number of patents owed by RIM.

Presentations & Speeches

  • “The Unitary System and the Unified Patent Court: The Practical Effects of Europe’s New Patent System on Worldwide Licensing,” Licensing Executives Society Panel, February 24th, 2016
  • “Post-Grant Challenges at PTAB: Strategies for Winning as Petitioner or Patent Owner,” Association of Corporate Counsel PTAB Conference, January 13th, 2016
  • “High-Technology Prosecution in View of Alice,” Ropes & Gray Lunch and Litigation Update, September 23rd, 2015