Richard C. Litman  
Registered Patent Attorney
Managing Shareholder Becker & Poliakoff, PA, Intellectual Property & Emerging Technologies Practice Group Leader

 

Professional Experience

Richard C. Litman is a Managing Shareholder of Becker & Poliakoff, PA, and leads the firm’s Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies (IP&ET) Practice Group office in Northern Virginia near the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A registered patent attorney, Mr. Litman focuses his practice on Intellectual Property Protection, Licensing and Commercialization; Technology Transfer for Universities and Research Centers; Formation and Growth of Technology Companies; and Debt and Equity Financing.

Innovation and entrepreneurship come naturally to Mr. Litman. In addition to over 30 years of experience as a patent and trademark attorney, he has been a director of two banks that were acquired, and is currently the Chairman of Freedom Bank of Virginia. 

Prior to joining Becker & Poliakoff, he was the founding shareholder of Litman Law, a boutique international intellectual property and technology law firm he founded 30 years ago near the USPTO in Northern Virginia. Over the years Mr. Litman grew the practice from a sole practice to 20 attorneys and patent practitioners and a staff of 60: Litman Law conducted more than 30,000 patent searches and obtained over 5,000 U.S. patents and more than 500 U.S. trademark registrations. Combining his interest in business and finance, the practice evolved in recent years to an international practice representing universities, research institutions, programs supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, technology innovators and entrepreneurial companies.

Mr. Litman’s focus is on strategic intellectual property, business and regulatory representation relating to multinational development and commercialization of emerging technologies, particularly for regulated products such as medical devices, biotechnology, and agricultural products, innovations involving information, communications, financial and business processing, and energy, water and environmental technologies.

Activities and Memberships

Among other professional and business activities, Mr. Litman is Legal Counsel for the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Association of University Research Parks, and the Licensing Executives Society. He was Chair of the Patent Committee and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the DC Bar (Washington, DC) and Chair of the Economic Development Commission in Arlington, VA. Mr. Litman is the founder of the Global Academic Innovation Network (GAIN), comprised of technology transfer and economic development experts worldwide. He is recognized for his achievements in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. He has an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating and is recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Pennsylvania senate recognized him for his “tireless efforts to benefit the community at large”. He was also commended by President Clinton for his “deep concern about our future” and his “exemplary commitment to improving our world”.

 Bar Admissions

    • Virginia
    • Florida
    • Washington, DC
    • Maryland
    • Pennsylvania
    • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Education

    • George Washington University, LL.M., Patent & Trade Regulation Law
    • Antioch School of Law, Master's degree, Forensics Sciences
    • University of Miami, J.D. cum laude
    • Union College, B.S.