Richard D. Clarke Patent, Trademark & Copyright Attorney

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Richard Clarke, Esq. has extensive experience in science, business and law. He specializes in helping entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and mid-size companies establish and protect their intellectual property rights.

Over 25 years of experience in assisting individuals and businesses protecting their ideas and images statewide, nationwide and worldwide. Areas of practice include patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing and related contract preparation, intellectual property enforcement and infringement litigation.

Specializing in counseling start-up companies, small businesses and individuals to develop and enforce intellectual property rights statewide, nationwide and worldwide. Practice emphasizing all aspects of intellectual property law including: patents, patent searches, patentability/novelty opinion letters, preparation, filing and prosecution of utility and design patent applications, infringement opinions, patent infringement actions; trademarks, trademark searches and opinion letters, filing and prosecution of state and federal trademark applications, foreign trademark acquisition, oppositions, cancellations, and other proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; copyrights, preparation, filing and prosecution of copyright registration applications for literary, artistic, musical works, computer software programs and graphical user interfaces, copyright infringement actions; trade secrets, and trade secret related litigation, unfair competition, patent and trademark license agreements, and related contract preparation, enforcement and litigation.


  • Phone:619.823.3652
  • E-mail:


  • Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets, licensing and related contract preparation, intellectual property enforcement and infringement litigation


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA
  • University of San Francisco College of Business, San Francisco, CA
  • JD/MBA, Law emphasis: Intellectual Property, Corporations, Taxation
    Business emphasis: Venture Capital, Corp. Finance, International Business
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • MS, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • BS, Microbiology/Biochemistry


  • Supreme Court of California (all Municipal and state Courts)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • San Diego Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Adjunct Faculty Member: University of San Diego
  • Legal Consultant: Intellectual Property Acquisition, Border Environmental Technology Resource Center
  • Legal Consultant: Business Formation/Development, Small Business Development Center/International Trade Center
  • Legal Seminars Program: Speaker

Richard D. Clarke
Richard D. Clarke, Esq.
Intellectual Property Attorney