Rikesh P. Patel


Rikesh Patel is an Associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the New York Office.

His practice focuses on all aspects of patent counseling, patent litigation, and patent prosecution in relation to a wide variety of medical device, mechanical, electrical, and computer technologies. Rikesh drafts and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications, and coordinates with international patent law firms to obtain harmonized, worldwide patent protection. He counsels clients on patent portfolio strategies, patent infringement, validity, and clearance. He also has substantial transactional IP experience, including conducting due diligence for patent portfolios requiring monetization in relation to patent licensing.

Previously, Rikesh worked as in-house patent counsel at Stryker Corporation, a Fortune 500 global medical technology company, where he gained experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications for mechanical and electrical medical device technologies, both domestically and internationally. Some of his work as in-house counsel also involved counseling directors of various business units on patent portfolio strategy to maximize the value of their IP assets. While in-house, he worked with technologies including surgical instruments, navigation, robotic surgery, operating room technology, bone cement mixers, and other electromechanical devices involving a medical application. Rikesh managed and maintained an IP portfolio for the company’s largest division, which routinely exceeded $1 billion US in sales. He also assisted in the development of the company’s patent life cycle.

Rikesh also has prior law firm experience.  He was previously an associate at both a notable intellectual property boutique firm in Washington, D.C., and within the IP practice group of a nationally recognized general practice firm..  While in private practice, he performed patent prosecution for a wide variety of technologies, including 3D printing, jet engines, transcatheter aortic valve replacement systems, telecommunications, semiconductors, image processing, and devices related to the “Internet of things” (IoT).

Rikesh also gained substantial transactional IP experience while working at a startup, including conducting due diligence for patent portfolios requiring monetization in relation to patent licensing strategies. In that regard, he was part of a team that created a patent pool for licensing over 200 patents (U.S. and foreign) essential to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11n Standard. Rikesh has also led the due diligence efforts in connection with licensing patents relating to stored value cards, OLED displays, and MEMS gyroscopes.

Rikesh is committed to blending his unique experiences from business to technology, and from startups to in-house, to benefit the firm’s clients. As their trusted advisor, he is committed to developing patent prosecution and transactional strategies that translate to robust patent portfolios capable of yielding long-term financial success.


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law  (J.D., 2009)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  (B.S., 2006)
    • cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office