Richard E. Billion
Rich Billion is a shareholder of Billion & Armitage. He is registered patent attorney with over 30 years of Intellectual Property law experience. In addition to earning a degree in law, Rich also earned a Masters in Business Administration. Rich worked for several major corporations including IBM, Exxon, and Control Data. Most recently he was Patent Counsel for Fair Isaac so he brings a keen understanding of various clients needs to his practice.
He was a shareholder at Schwegman, Lundberg and Woessner so he understands the workings of large firms. He currently practices intellectual property law with an emphasis in computer hardware and software, medical devices, and other mechanical and electro-mechanical devices. Rich also has extensive experience in preparing proof packages to apply patents in licensing situations. IBM even recognized him for “Excellence in Licensing” during his employ. Rich earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Highest Honors from South Dakota State University. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, an honorary society for engineers, and Pi Tau Sigma, an honorary society for mechanical engineers, while at South Dakota State.
Rich earned a degree in law and a masters in business administration from the University of South Dakota. In the past, he served as chairman of the AIPLA Committee on Medical Devices and Practices, a subcommittee of the Emerging Technology Committee. Rich has traveled extensively to Asia for license negotiations and has also given speeches on the economics impact patent law, and drafting patents for licensing value. He even has been called on to speak at the USPTO to young patent examiners on the subject. Rich is admitted to the Minnesota, South Dakota, and Texas Bars in addition to the Patent Bar.