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Richard A. Gollhofer

T: 202-434-1500 | F: 202-434-1501

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Richard A. Gollhofer


Richard A. Gollhofer is a Senior Counsel with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Staas & Halsey LLP. He has obtained intellectual property protection by preparing and prosecuting patent applications and evaluating patents for motor vehicles, computer systems, process control systems, optical imaging systems, and communication systems, as well as their use in e-commerce. He is the author or co-author of articles on copyright and patent protection of computer software and was a member of an ABA subcommittee that prepared responses to the USPTO on Examination Guidelines for Computer-Related Inventions in the 1990s and co-chair of an AIPLA subcommittee that prepared a response to the USPTO on the Interim Patent Eligibility Guidance in 2015.

Mr. Gollhofer has a computer science degree (B.S.) from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a law degree (J.D.) from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is admitted to the Illinois Bar and the District of Columbia Bar where he has a membership in the Intellectual Property Law Community. He has been a member of ACM (founded as the Association for Computing Machinery) and the engineering and mathematics honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Pi Mu Epsilon since joining as an undergraduate.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The District of Columbia Bar, Section on Computer and Telecommunications Law
  • The District of Columbia Bar, Section on Intellectual Property Law
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Pi Mu Epsilon

Published Works

“Copyright Protection of Computer Software: What is it and how did we get it?”, Software Law Journal, Vol. V, No. 4, 1992

“An Analysis of the Final U.S.P.T.O. Examination Guidelines for Computer Related Inventions,” (Co-Author), International Legal Strategy, Vol. V-3, March, 1996


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