Richard E. Ballard
Patent Attorney
Richard E. Ballard
Patent and Technology Attorney

Landrum LLP (
99 S. Almaden Blvd., #575
San Jose, CA 95113

direct: 408-571-9600
fax:     408-521-3666
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Rick Ballard has nearly 20 years of experience as a patent practitioner and legal counsel to individual inventors and entrepreneurs, public and private technology companies, and multinational investment groups. His practice encompasses various aspects of technology law, including patent and trademark prosecution, IP strategy and licensing, technology transactions, sales and services agreements, mergers and acquisitions, open source issues, financing, and startup counseling.


Prior to starting his own firm, Rick served as General Counsel and Secretary of Archer Mobile (formerly iLoop Mobile), a leading provider of mobile technology products and solutions, where he was responsible for all legal matters for Archer and its worldwide group of companies. There he negotiated contracts managed relationships with Archer’s telecommunications providers and fortune 500 clients (including AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Fed-Ex, Western Union, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures) and oversaw iLoop Mobile through its $40m merger with Lenco Mobile to create Archer.


Rick also served as Chief Counsel of a NASA/DoD technology development group focused on spinning out tech startups and creating public-private partnerships with emerging companies in Silicon Valley, and as a patent attorney at the law firms of Jones Day and Pennie & Edmonds LLP, where his practice focused on patent prosecution, intellectual property strategy and complex IP transactions in the areas of computer networks, telecommunications, mobile devices, mechanical systems and medical/pharmaceutical devices and systems.


Prior to becoming an attorney, Rick worked for nearly 10 years at NASA Ames Research Center, where he managed NASA’s patent and licensing activities in information technology, aeronautics and biotechnology. As a researcher and biomedical engineer in NASA’s Space Physiology Lab, he studied the physiological effects of spaceflight and developed medical devices for monitoring and maintaining the health of astronauts.


Rick holds a masters degree in systems physiology, and received his law degree from Santa Clara University. He is a member of the California State Bar and a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Reg. No. 46,078). He is also a founder/owner of Cucina Bambini cooking school, and chairman of Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose.