Richard E. Wawrzyniak
“A good patent strategy requires a firm grasp of the big picture and intense attention to the smallest of details. As a top-notch IP boutique firm, Fitch Even fulfills those requirements.”

Richard E. WawrzyniakPartner

San Diego
9330 Scranton Road
Suite 350
San Diego, CA 92121VCard
858.552.1311 
858.552.0095 fax
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Education

J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1991
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri, Rolla, 1988, summa cum laude

Services

Technical Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

CaliforniaU.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeU.S. District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaU.S. District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaU.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitCalifornia Supreme Court

Richard E. Wawrzyniak’s practice focus is on patent preparation, prosecution, and strategy for high-technology companies, assisting clients in the development, protection, and management of intellectual property rights in the electrical, software, Internet/e-commerce, and mechanical arts.

A variety of clients – ranging in size from startup companies to Fortune 500 corporations – rely on Rich for IP counsel in the electrical and software areas, most recently in the communications, networking, semiconductor, and video gaming spaces.

Rich has helped several startup companies develop and execute intellectual property strategies and then manage the patent portfolios that result. He has also been involved in patent litigation and has performed patent analysis and opinion work for licensing and other transactional matters.

His practical experience with IP began during college, when Rich worked as a student engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corporation. While in law school, he served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Law Review. After law school, Rich practiced patent law in the Bay Area for over eight years, preparing and prosecuting numerous domestic and international patent applications for Silicon Valley companies.



Represents a large global electronics company in preparing and filing numerous patent applications throughout the world directed to video gaming technologies.

Represents a small computer networking company in prosecuting patent applications directed to a key technology.

Represented a venture-funded optical communications start-up company in identifying a key technology for patent protection, preparing and filing numerous patent applications throughout the world, and managing the resulting patent portfolio.

Represented a venture-funded wireless communications start-up company in identifying a key technology for patent protection, preparing and filing numerous patent applications throughout the world, and managing the resulting patent portfolio.

Represented several startup companies in various Internet technology spaces in identifying a key technology and then preparing patent applications for the technology.

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association

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