Richard Lilley, J.D.

Richard Lilley, J.D.

“Intellectual property is an influential—even dominant—business consideration, accounting for 40 to 80 percent of a company’s value. Therefore, comprehensive understanding of intellectual property provides a sound basis for business growth.”
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Analyst Richard Lilley is a former U.S. patent examiner who works with companies to manage their intellectual property portfolios. He also provides prior art, freedom-to-operate and invalidity research. Mr. Lilley has more than 15 years of experience with intellectual property, including three years as president of a firm that specializes in intellectual property acquisition, management, technology transfer, venture capital funding, and acquisition target evaluation consulting.

He has worked in large corporate law firms in Washington, D.C., and he was an international technology transfer manager specializing in Japan. He has experience in business and project management, along with venture capital funds and financial services. The former U.S. Air Force officer was a composites and engine research engineer, with optics experience and an extensive understanding of military and military defense.

He holds an undergraduate engineering degree in ceramics from Penn State University, a graduate degree in materials science from the University of Dayton, and a law degree from George Mason University. Mr. Lilley is a USPTO registered attorney.


  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law
  • M.S., Materials Science, University of Dayton
  • B.S., Ceramic Science & Engineering, Penn State University
  • Certification, Technical Japanese Translation, National Technological University
  • USPTO Registered Attorney  

Lilley, R, Lloyd, S, “Trendlines: Nerac Patent Attorneys Look to the Coming Year”, Nerac Insights,, December 2007

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Trendlines | Nerac Patent Attorneys Look To The Coming Year

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WEBINAR | Patent Fundamentals for the Innovative Organization

Patent Fundamentals for the Innovative Organization
April 23, 2014, 1:00-2:00 pm eastern

Richard Lilley, J.D., Nerac Analyst

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An increasingly large amount of a modern corporation’s market value is associated with its intangible intellectual property. In terms of Universities, the licensing of intellectual property is now acknowledged as a central objective of institutions and contributes to expanding the available resources to accomplish the university mission. Having a knowledgeable approach to identifying inventions, performing proper patent pre-filing research and obtaining patents provides a valuable market position for both corporations and universities.

We invite you to attend a free webinar hosted by Nerac which will provide an overview of patents; from best practices in pre-patenting preparation to understanding the full scope of patent protection.

There are many questions surrounding the patent application process and the USPTO requirements. Webinar attendees will gain knowledge on the following topics:

  • The scope of patent protection
  • The difference between the different forms of intellectual property, with a focus on patents
  • The elements of patent application
  • The USPTO patent examination process
  • Best Practices: Pre-patenting preparation, including prior art research
  • Both proactive and defensive uses of patents
    Don’t miss this webinar! Intellectual property is an influential—even dominant—business consideration, accounting for 40-80% of a company’s value. A comprehensive understanding of patenting and intellectual property provides a sound basis for business growth. Ensure that you have the knowledge to help your company succeed.....join Nerac IP analysts for a powerful discussion designed to give you the insights and information you need!

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