Risch, Michael V.

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Address: 401 Florence Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Lawyer Firm: ComputerLaw Group, LLP
Phone: 650-999-0972
Fax: 650-618-1863
Website: http://www.computerlaw.com

Areas of Practice Complex Business Litigation, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Intellectual Property Licensing, Conducts Intellectual Property, Development Process Audits

Mr. Risch specializes in complex business litigation, with interests in copyrights and trade secrets, as well as other intellectual property matters. In addition, Mr. Risch handles intellectual property licensing and conducts intellectual property and development process audits.

Mr. Risch is Of Counsel at ComputerLaw Group, LLP, and Associate Professor at Villanova University School of Law. Prior to his professorship, Mr. Risch was an Olin Fellow in Law at Stanford Law School.


citations hyperlinked to SSRN where available:

Patent Troll Myths, 42 Seton Hall L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012)

An Empirical Look at Trade Secret Law’s Shift from Common to Statutory Law, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE COMMON LAW (Shyam Balganesh, ed., forthcoming chapter 2012)

IP and Entrepreneurship in an Evolving Economy: A Case Study, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION IN EVOLVING ECONOMIES: THE ROLE OF LAW (Megan Carpenter, ed., forthcoming chapter 2012)

A Surprisingly Useful Requirement, 19 George Mason L. Rev. (forthcoming 2011)

Life After Bilski, 63 Stan. L. Rev. 1315 (2011), with Mark Lemley, Ted Sichelman, and R. Polk Wagner

Trade Secret Law and Information Development Incentives, RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TRADE SECRECY (Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss and Katherine Strandburg, eds., 2011)

A Failure of Uniform Laws?, 159 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 1 (2010)

Reinventing Usefulness, 2010 BYU L.J. 1195, reviewed in John F. Duffy, Patent Utility Reduxit, JOTWELL (May 5, 2010)

Forward to the Past, 2009-2010 Cato Supreme Court Review 333 (2010), reprinted in PATENT LAW REVIEW 2011 (ThomsonWest, forthcoming 2011)

A Brief Defense of the Written Description Requirement, 119 Yale L.J. Online 127 (2010), reprinted in PATENT LAW REVIEW 2011 (ThomsonWest, forthcoming 2011)

Patent Challenges and Royalty Inflation, 85 Indiana L.J. 1003 (2010)

Virtual Rule of Law, 112 W. Va. L. Rev. 1 (2009 symposium issue)

Virtual Third Parties, 25 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 415 (2009), reprinted in VIRTUAL WORLD – A LEGAL ANALYSIS (Amicus Books 2010), reviewed in James Grimmelmann, Third Parties to the Rescue, JOTWELL (Nov. 9, 2009)

Comments on Trade Secrets in High Velocity Labor Markets, 12 Emp. Rights and Emp’t Pol. J. 339 (2009)

Everything is Patentable, 75 Tenn. L. Rev. 591 (2008)

The Failure of Public Notice in Patent Prosecution, 21 Harv. J. L. & Tech. 179 (2007)

Why Do We Have Trade Secrets?, 11Marquette Int. Prop. L. Rev. 1 (2007)

How Can Whelan v. Jaslow and Lotus v. Borland Both be Right? Re-Examining the Economics of Computer Software Reuse, 17 J. Marshall J. Comp. & Info. Law 511 (1999)

Virtual Reality – A Legal Overview, with Jack Russo (chapter in Computer Software treatise by Clark Boardman Callaghan) (1995).

Other Relevant Experience:

7/98-present Russo & Hale LLP/Computer Law Group, Palo Alto, California.Of Counsel (June 2006-), Partner (2003-2006), Associate (1998-2002). Advanced practice in intellectual property and complex business litigation, including trial; arbitration; appeals; motion practice; mediation; discovery; ADR neutral; intellectual property protection, auditing, and risk analysis; licensing negotiation and drafting.

3/93-present Owner/Consultant, Risch Consulting.Consulting business in computer software and hardware design, installation, and support. Published commercial encryption program for popular electronic mail program. Developed law firm web portal and provided support to other programmers.

Other Writings:

Madisonian Blog, contributor, http://www.madisonian.net (Dec. 2010 – present)

Prawfsblawg, guest contributor, http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com (Oct. 2008, June 2009, Nov. 2009, June 2010, Nov. 2010)

The Valley Current Blog (Computerlaw Group LLP practitioner newsletter), contributor, http://valleycurrent.blogspot.com/ (Sept. 2010-present)

Response to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Request for Comments Regarding Patent Quality (March 1, 2010)

Amicus Curiae Brief of 20 Law and Business Professors in Support of Neither Party: Bilski v. Kappos, No. 08-964 in the Supreme Court of the United States (Aug. 6, 2009), with Mark A. Lemley, Ted Sichelman, R. Polk Wagner.

"The Idea’s the Thing," Legal Times (May 12, 2008) (Op-Ed re patentable subject matter).

Amicus Curiae Brief of 22 Law and Business Professors in Support of Appellants: In Re Bernard L. Bilski and Rand A. Warsaw, No. 08/833, 892 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (April 7, 2008), with John Allison, Mark A. Lemley, R. Polk Wagner.

Intellectual Property Law Updates, editor, for National Business Institute seminar (2008).

Advanced Programming for Novell Groupwise (technical manual), with three others, for Novell, Inc. (2002).

Law of the Internet in California, with Jack Russo and John Kelley, for National Business Institute seminar (2001).

"Copyright Protection for Virtual Realities: Brave New World Emerges," with Jack Russo, National Law Journal (October 17, 1994).

Federal Anti-Poverty Job Training: Problems in the Past and Hope for the Future. Public Policy Departmental Honors Thesis (1992).

Juvenile Crime in San Mateo County: 1989 Report, for Criminal Justice Council of San Mateo County (1990).

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