Erik Oliver

Kent Richardson

Erik Oliver counsels clients on patent, licensing and trademark matters. He brings more than ten years of patent prosecution, litigation, and licensing experience and a track record of millions of dollars in both patent and technology licensing deals. Prior to founding the ROL Group, Erik was a Vice President at ThinkFire Services USA, Ltd’s Silicon Valley office. Erik has held various senior positions with a range of responsibilities at Rambus Inc., Synopsys, Inc., and a number of Silicon Valley startups. Erik is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bar and a United States Patent and Trademark Office registered patent attorney.

You can reach Erik via e-mail at erik@richardsonoliver.com, or on the Internet at Richardson Oliver Law Group.


Posts by Erik Oliver


Patent Quality Isn’t the Question. Patent Value is the Question.

“It’s not very helpful to talk about quality,” said former Chief Judge Michel. We agree. Quality has too many meanings for too many people. We all …

You Need Defensive Patents But You Don’t Have Any. Now What? A Case Study

When the corporate asserter arrived at our client’s door, the asserter wanted: (1) to obtain both a cross-license and revenue from a patent license and (2) to increase …

Ensuring a robust defensive portfolio: A Prepared Counter-Assertion Strategy

The required number of patents in a given playbook varies based on both the size of company of concern and our exposure to it. The general goal …

Now a Big Company Wants You to Take a Patent License…

  This is going to be a different ride Most high technology companies have a good grasp of the challenges and solutions for dealing with patent trolls. However, …

Assertion Risk Mitigation Opportunity Through Patent Acquisition

In this post, we’ll analyze LinkedIn’s patent acquisition process and the results of its targeted buying program. While the increase in LinkedIn’s filings helped …

LinkedIn’s Patent Strategy

LinkedIn was a rapidly growing company with only 22 patents in its portfolio in 2012, putting itself at high risk for patent assertion. With a revenue reaching nearly $1 billion …

How and Why LinkedIn Learned to Love Patents

In 2012, LinkedIn found itself a potential target for corporate patent asserters. LinkedIn had revenue reaching nearly $1 billion, with growth of 86%, yet owned only 22 patents. However, this changed …

2016 Patent Market Size and Conclusions

Once again, the brokered market has shrunk: we estimate that actual sales from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 were $165 million (down from $233 million the previous year)... In the 2016 market …

Litigation and IPRs: More Dangerous Than You Thought?

We analyzed all of the packages in our database to look at the use of the assets after receipt of the package by the broker. Because we …

Patent Sales Rates Decreased in 2016, but Patent Market Remains Viable and Robust

Though patent sales rates have decreased in 2016, the patent market remains viable and robust. We continue to see a trend in the increased speed at which packages …

2016 Patent Market Report: Patent Prices and Key Diligence Data

When comparing the per-asset price to the asking price for packages, we found that per-asset pricing is relatively constant in the pricing brackets from $250,000 to $2 million, with …

2016 Patent Market Report: Patent Brokers and Patent Packages

This is part 2 of a 6-part series on our 2016 Patent Market Report. To begin reading from the beginning please see 2016 Patent Market Report: An Overview. 2016 saw a …

2016 Patent Market Report: Overview

After five years of analyzing and reporting on the patent market, the only constant appears to be change. Although asking prices have stabilized, sales are down, bringing …

When Do Operating Companies Sell Their Patents?

What causes operating companies to sell their patents? Our intuition tells us that patent sales take place when the seller is in financial distress or the company …

Finding the Best Patents – Comparative Patent Ranking Systems – Citations Still Matter

Over the past 18 months, our clients have begun to show greater interest in international patents (e.g. non-US). Increasing client interest in international patents corresponds with the …