Kent Richardson

Partner

Kent counsels clients on a variety of patent and business matters including patent buying, selling, licensing, valuation, prosecution and operations. Kent has licensing and marketing patent portfolio experiences resulting in more than $600M of patent license bookings. Kent has served as an expert witness on patent monetization and licensing practices in cases in England and the United States.

Prior to founding the ROL Group, Kent was the General Manager of ThinkFire Services USA, Ltd’s Silicon Valley office. Kent has worked in various senior management roles with such growth businesses as Sezmi, Constellation Capital, Rambus, Numerical Technologies. Kent was also an attorney in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Kent is a member of the California Bar and a United States Patent and Trademark Office registered patent attorney. He holds five US patents.

He holds a JD and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.

email: kent@richardsonoliver.com

Erik Oliver

Partner

Mr. Oliver counsels clients on a variety of patent and business matters, including  licensing, buying, selling, valuation, prosecution and business processes. He provides data driven advice using his firm’s proprietary database of patent market information covering more than 115,000 patents and over $12B worth of deals. He has patent portfolio licensing and marketing experience resulting in millions worth of patent license bookings.

Prior to founding the ROL Group, Mr. Oliver was a Vice President at ThinkFire Services USA, Ltd’s Silicon Valley office. He has held various senior positions with a range of responsibilities at Rambus Inc., Synopsys, Inc., and a number of Silicon Valley startups. He was also previously an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati.

Mr. Oliver has over 40 published articles and lectures on patent strategy, intellectual property, and related business issues at Stanford, Santa Clara, and the Center for Intellectual Property at Chalmers.

Mr. Oliver is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bar and a United States Patent and Trademark Office registered patent attorney.

Mr. Oliver has a B.S. in Computer Science/Mathematics from Haverford College, an M.S.E. in Computer Information Science from University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania.

email: erik@richardsonoliver.com

Michael Costa

Intellectual Asset Analyst

Michael acts as the ROL Group’s financial, engineering, and market analyst. His background in engineering and consulting allow him to bring a blend of business knowledge and technological understanding to our clients.

Prior to joining the ROL Group, Michael worked as an independent financial and strategy consultant for Silicon Valley startups.  He has helped companies analyze their business and technology opportunities in crowdfunding, mobile advertising, home automation, green systems and power management, InGaAs semiconductors, and digital signal processing.

Michael holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a BA in Political Science with a math minor from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences.

email: mcosta@richardsonoliver.com

Monica Lee
Broker Liaison

Monica acts as the ROL Group’s primary contact with the patent broker/seller community. In addition to the more than 500 patent deals sourced while at the ROL Group, Monica brings more than ten years of experience in intellectual property licensing.

Prior to joining the ROL Group, Monica worked as an attorney with several Fortune 1000 corporations as clients. She also counseled individual inventors in licensing and government contracting matters. Prior to that, Monica was Associate General Counsel for SRI International, where she was worked on licensing, real estate, and government contracting matters. Earlier in her legal career, Monica worked as a law clerk for the New Hampshire Superior Court and a Staff Attorney for the National Association for State Courts, a court management consulting organization. Monica  also worked for the law firm of Donahue, McCaffrey, Siesmore and Tucker where she specialized in municipal law.

Monica is a member of the California, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts Bars. She holds a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley.

email: monica@richardsonoliver.com

Michelle Dunn
Of Counsel

Michelle counsels clients on IP matters both in the US and China. Michelle regularly works with US and Chinese companies on US and Chinese patent strategies. Michelle is a patent attorney and founder of Platinum Intellectual Property LLP where she continues to prosecute patents in a variety of technology fields.

Michelle is a member of the California Bar and is a United States Patent and Trademark Office registered patent attorney. She holds a JD from Santa Clara School of Law, and an M.S. Organic Chemistry from the University of Akron. Michelle speaks both English and Mandarin.

email: mdunn@richardsonoliver.com