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E.E. "Jack" Richards, II

Patent Attorney, U.S.P.T.O. Registration No. 53,514

Trop, Pruner & Hu, P.C.
7320 N. MoPac Expy., Ste. 307 
Austin, TX 78731
Off: (512) 418-9944
Fax: (512) 418-0544


Jack efficiently uses a small firm setting to obtain, litigate, and clear patents in the medical device, electrical, and mechanical areas for large companies, start-ups, Angel/venture capital groups, and individuals.


  • J.D., 2001, cum laude, University of Houston Law Center. Order of Barristers (Moot Court), Carothers Award.
  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 1994, Texas A&M University. Heavy coursework in electrical and mechanical engineering. 

Professional Services

  • Obtain PatentsMedical Devices (e.g., devices for cardio, ophthalmic, orthopedic, respiratory, and neuro arenas); Electrical (e.g., data security, video, semiconductor, memory, software, and LCDs); and Mechanical (e.g., tools, oilfield and semiconductor manufacturing devices and processes).
  • Litigate PatentsBroad experience in IP litigation including trial and pretrial work concerning cell phone power amplifiers, LCD backlight circuits, smart batteries, DRAM memory, LCD chassis, computer sockets, gift cards, and truck axles.
  • Clear PatentsDue diligence work in areas ranging from LVAD, holter monitoring, and laparoscopic tools to refinery control systems. Non-infringement and invalidity opinions in areas such as home healthcare systems, LCDs, power converters, and power-over-internet tools.

Professional Experience

  • Trop, Pruner & Hu, P.C., Shareholder and IP attorney.
  • Winstead, Sechrest & Minnick – IP attorney.
  • Skjerven, Morrill, MacPherson – IP attorney.
  • Prucka Engineering –Biomedical Engineer at start-up acquired by GE Medical Systems.  Technology concerned hardware and software for electrophysiology and hemodynamic monitoring systems and catheters.  

Professional Activities

  • Member, Texas A&M Department of Biomedical Engineering Board of Advisors (2007—Present).
  • Guest Lecturer: Texas A&M Department of Biomedical Engineering (2009—Present).
  • Panelist: ATC Annual Life Sciences Summit (2015).
  • Panelist:  Austin Technology Incubator (ATI-Bioscience)/Rice Alliance “Symbiosis: Intellectual Property for Life Sciences Entrepreneurs.”  (2009)
  • Judge: UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering Global Idea to Product Championship (2009, 2010).
  • Guest Lecturer: UT Austin and Chair of Free Enterprise Technology “Entrepreneurship Seminar Series.” (2009)
  • “E-Discovery and Patents”, Advanced Patent Litigation SBOT CLE (2005).
  • “Expert Commentary on IP Law”, (2003-2005).
  • “State of the Law on Internet Jurisdiction”, SBOT CLE (2003).
  • “Drafting Licenses to Guide Whether Potential Disputes Lie In Contract or Infringement”, Computer Law Review and Tech. Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2002).
  • “Ramifications of Health Care Reform on the Biomedical Engineering Community”, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 13, No. 5 (1994).
  • “Design Improvements for Veterinary External Skeletal Fixation”, Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (1994).

Miscellaneous Information

  • Admitted to practice in Texas as well as U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Eastern, Western and Northern District Courts of Texas. Past member of Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas and the College of the State Bar of Texas.
  • Serves on Board of Directors for St. Louise House.


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