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Ralph P. Albrecht

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Ralph Albrecht is a Registered US Patent Lawyer. Ralph's practice focuses on technology and intellectual property law issues, including technology transactions, drafting and prosecution of Letters Patent in the US, and abroad, the registration and commercialization of trademarks and copyrights, data privacy and security, Internet and e-Commerce law, and the creation or revision of contracts and policies. Ralph represents a broad range of clients, from large public companies to start-ups, in a full range of intellectual property related matters in a variety of industries, including software, hardware, communications networking, and IT services, e-commerce, cybersecurity, financial securities and insurance, and manufacturing. He assists clients in a variety of tasks, including:

• Protection and monetization of intellectual property assets, including drafting and prosecuting US patent applications, and securing international protection globally through a network of foreign associate law firms, as well as federal registration of trademarks and copyrights.

• Structuring, drafting, negotiating, and closing technology-related and other strategic transactions, such as software technology, patent licensing, hardware procurement, professional services, distribution agreements, outsourcing, and asset acquisition agreements; and

• Drafting licenses and other agreements, and organizing invention disclosure, evaluation, and awards (IDEA) programs, and improving client form contracts and contracting processes.

Ralph is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law, with a J.D. in its Intellectual Property Track, and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a computer option, cum laude from Virginia Tech. Ralph has over two decades of intellectual property related legal experience in private practice, most recently as founder of his own firm Albrecht Tousi & Farnum PLLC (later renamed ATFirm PLLC), and previously as Patent Prosecution Practice Group Co-Leader at AM-Law 100 lawfirm, Venable LLP, after his prior firm Lane, Aitken & McCann LLP merged in 1999. Prior to private practice in intellectual property law, Ralph worked for eight years at IBM Corporation in various positions in systems engineering, research & development, information technology consulting, marketing and technical sales.

ACTIVITIES

Ralph is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Ralph is a Past President and Fellow of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), DC’s voluntary bar, where he served as President ‘08-09, President-Elect ‘07-08, Treasurer-Elect ‘06-07, Secretary ‘05-06, and Chair of the BADC’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright (PTC) Section (now the IP Section) ‘03-04. Ralph served on the BADC IP Section’s Executive Council ‘00-05, for which he earned Outstanding Service Awards for serving as Chair of the Internet & Electronic Commerce, and Newsletter Committees. He is Mr. Albrecht has been a member of Capitol Telecommunications Professionals, and a service provider to members of the International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA) and the Electronic Software Association (ESA). Ralph has been a member of IPO and sat on the Software and Business Methods Patents Committee. He has also served as a legal services provider to a technology business incubator eHive.

 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Intellectual Property Protection, including Patent preparation, drafting & prosecution, and Federal Trademark and Copyright applications
  • Handling Appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences
  • Technology, Software & Patent Licensing (both inbound and out-bound)
  • Professional Services Agreements (again, both inbound and outbound)
  • Data Privacy and Security Issues
  • Technology and Business Process Outsourcing
  • Internet and e-Commerce Law
  • Complex Transactions, including asset acquisition agreements

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • District of Columbia, 1997
  • Virginia, 2006
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1999
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2017

EDUCATION

  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1997
    • Major: o Intellectual Property Law Track
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
    • B.S. - 1989
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Eta Kappa Nu, Kappa Theta Epsilon
    • Major: Electrical Engineering with a Computer Option

HONORS

  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

CLASSES/SEMINARS

  • Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (Q-Group) Spring 2008 Conference relating to Financial Services Industry Business Method Patents

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • Do Business Method Patents Hurt or Help? A Financial Industry Perspective, 14 VA. J.L. & TECH. 147 (2009).