Reston Intellectual Property Protection, including Patent preparation, drafting & prosecution, and Federal Trademark and Copyright applications Lawyer
• Protection and monetization of intellectual property assets, including drafting and prosecuting US patent applications, and securing international protection globally through a network of foreign associate law firms, as well as federal registration of trademarks and copyrights.
• Structuring, drafting, negotiating, and closing technology-related and other strategic transactions, such as software technology, patent licensing, hardware procurement, professional services, distribution agreements, outsourcing, and asset acquisition agreements; and
• Drafting licenses and other agreements, and organizing invention disclosure, evaluation, and awards (IDEA) programs, and improving client form contracts and contracting processes.
Ralph is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law, with a J.D. in its Intellectual Property Track, and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a computer option, cum laude from Virginia Tech. Ralph has over two decades of intellectual property related legal experience in private practice, most recently as founder of his own firm Albrecht Tousi & Farnum PLLC (later renamed ATFirm PLLC), and previously as Patent Prosecution Practice Group Co-Leader at AM-Law 100 lawfirm, Venable LLP, after his prior firm Lane, Aitken & McCann LLP merged in 1999. Prior to private practice in intellectual property law, Ralph worked for eight years at IBM Corporation in various positions in systems engineering, research & development, information technology consulting, marketing and technical sales.
Ralph is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Ralph is a Past President and Fellow of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), DC’s voluntary bar, where he served as President ‘08-09, President-Elect ‘07-08, Treasurer-Elect ‘06-07, Secretary ‘05-06, and Chair of the BADC’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright (PTC) Section (now the IP Section) ‘03-04. Ralph served on the BADC IP Section’s Executive Council ‘00-05, for which he earned Outstanding Service Awards for serving as Chair of the Internet & Electronic Commerce, and Newsletter Committees. Mr. Albrecht has been a member of Capitol Telecommunications Professionals, and a service provider to members of the International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA) and the Electronic Software Association (ESA). Ralph has been a member of IPO and sat on the Software and Business Methods Patents Committee. He has also served as a legal services provider to a technology business incubator eHive.
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