Richard H. Stern

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Richard Stern is a former Chief of the Patent Section and Intellectual Property Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice. He has also served with the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Commerce. Mr. Stern has instructed at GW Law in computer law since 1990 and at times in the School of Engineering and Applied Science in intellectual property law. He has also been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Stern served as Law Clerk to Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court during Justice White’s first two terms at the Court (O.T. 1961-O.T. 1962.) He publishes a "Micro Law" column in the IEEE Computer Society's journal IEEE Micro. He has authored journal articles on patent and copyright law subjects, particularly in regard to computer software rights; has published a treatise on rights in semiconductor chip designs, Semiconductor Chip Protection; and is co-author of a casebook, Intellectual Property Protection of Digital Information in the New Millennium: Rights in Computer Programs and Related Subject Matter, which is available online here.

Mr. Stern is Of Counsel to Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel, 1615 M Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. He is a member of the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, and D.C. Bars, and is admitted to practice before the PTO.

Mr. Stern served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1956. His last assignment was at the Ballistics Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, MD, where he worked on analog transistor circuitry.


AB, Columbia College; BSEE, Columbia University; LLB, Yale University