Blending his training in chemical engineering and his intensive first-hand understanding of the U.S. patent process, Richard H. Anderson efficiently establishes and protects intellectual property rights for a broad array of clients with valuable chemical technologies. He delivers thorough and knowledgeable prosecution of patents, advice on non-infringement and invalidity and capable handling of intellectual property proceedings. These abilities are built on 40 years of experience, including three years as a patent examiner. Richard’s strategy in having personal interviews with patent examiners (over 500), results in reaching agreement more quickly while avoiding costly and time consuming RCE filings, through his sound and even-tempered counsel.

Richard joined Marshall Gerstein after 17 years as a partner with another Chicago patent law firm. He has been awarded an AV® Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as a 2013 “Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property” by American Lawyer Media (ALM) and Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Leading Lawyer Network as a “Leading Lawyer.”

Representative Experience

  • Secured patent protections for clients’ plastic films with nanoclays in the manufacture of plastic beverage containers. This innovation protects the beverages as a result of the nanoclay providing a gas barrier to prevent O2 and CO2 from permeating the container.
  • In the area of GreenTech, successfully gained patent protection for geosynthetic liners, which capture contaminants when deployed underwater and allows clean water to permeate the liner.
  • Obtained patents on photostabilizers for UV light absorbers. These new photostabilizers now used in such products as sunscreen compositions, cosmetics, and for protecting polymeric films from light degredation.

Richard has handled matters in a wide variety of chemical technologies, such as:

  • Resin binders, ion exchange resins, plasticizers, and water absorbent polymers
  • Synthetic blood, drug delivery compositions, and polymeric membranes
  • Oil-well drilling fluids, PCB and dioxin removal processes, and gas dehydration
  • Man-made boards and haircare formulations
  • Wastewater and sewage treatment, heavy metal removal, and undersea contaminant filtration
  • Anaerobic sealants, radioactive isotope removal, rubber additives, foundry compositions, distillation and heat transfer, and explosive compositions
  • Separation of protein concentrates from foliage and soil stabilization
  • Inorganic resins, and glucose and cholesterol diagnostics
  • Refractory compositions, gaskets, lubricating compositions, and cement compositions

Background and Credentials

In addition to his extensive patent experience, Richard has also prosecuted trademark applications, and handled trademark oppositions and cancellation proceedings as well as prepared domestic and international licensing agreements for clients’ patent and trademark rights.

His unique approach flows out of his experience as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he was responsible for various chemical arts, including paper making, foods, glass manufacturing, polymers, and mass transfer methods and apparatus. It gave him the ability to understand the process of prosecuting patents from both sides. So he has made a practice of scheduling personal interviews with examiners after first office action in order to determine the best route to achieve the broadest patent claims. In this way, the examiner can be educated to more fully understand the innovation and the difference from the prior art disclosures, as well as uncovering what the examiner demands early in the examination process. As a result, he can avoid re-filings.

He received his J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School (Delta Theta Phi) in 1972, and his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky (Phi Kappa Phi, Omega Chi Epsilon) in 1968.


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., with honors)
  • University of Kentucky (B.S.)
    • Chemical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Community and Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)