Tom Ritchie represents technology companies in intellectual property matters, with a particular emphasis on high-technology patent litigation. Tom has represented clients before U.S. district courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in cases related to a variety of technologies, including computer software, semiconductors, and wireless communication systems. He is also experienced in matters relating to standard-essential patents (SEP) that must be licensed on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND), including patents related to the Third Generation Partnership Project / European Telecommunications Standards Institute (3GPP / ETSI) for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile communications. Representative clients include Qualcomm, NXP, and Kyocera.
During his engineering career prior to joining Jones Day, Tom held leadership and technical positions at Motorola, WMS Gaming, and Novarra. His engineering background includes experience in the areas of cellular radio systems, digital communications, real-time embedded systems, software development, and internet-related technologies. Tom is a co-inventor on three issued patents relating to his Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) cellular systems product development work at Motorola.
Tom is a member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and the PTAB Bar Association. He also assists with Jones Day's pro bono Laredo Project, which serves female victims of gang violence and domestic abuse who are fleeing Central America to seek asylum under the immigration laws of the United States.
PTAB Bar Association Law Journal: Post-AIT Review of Real Party in Interest Decisions, PTAB Litigation Blog
- June 6, 2019
Using and Protecting Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data (Jones Day University)
- The John Marshall Law School (J.D. summa cum laude; Staff Editor, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law); Northwestern University (M.B.A.); Iowa State University (B.S. in Computer Engineering with distinction)
- Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Externship with the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois