Richard T. Schachner


Mr. Schachner earned a Bachelor of Science degree with High Honors in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Fordham University Law School in 1997, where we was a member of the Fordham Law Review.  Before being admitted to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Mr. Schachner earned an Associate degree with Honors in Electrical Engineering from Thames Valley State Technical College in 1986.

Mr. Schachner honorably served for 14 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, the last seven of which were as a Coast Guard JAG.  Mr. Schachner’s U.S. Coast Guard experience included a two-year tour as Operations Officer of the USCGC SORREL followed by a two-year tour as Executive Officer of the USCGC RED BEECH.  Following his Executive Officer tour, Mr. Schachner was selected for the Coast Guard’s funded-law program.  After graduating law school, he served four years as an Assistant Legal Officer in the First Coast Guard District’s legal office.

Before leaving the U.S. Coast Guard to practice patent law, in Mr. Schachner’s final tour, he served as the Chief of the Operational Law section in the Office of Maritime and International Law at the USCG Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  He served as lead counsel for U.S. Coast Guard operational programs including homeland security, defense operations, law enforcement, counter-drug and migrant interdiction.  He was extensively involved in U.S. Coast Guard deployments to support the war in Iraq, as well as U.S. Coast Guard homeland security operational plans and orders.  Mr. Schachner also served on the U.S. delegations to the International Maritime Organization’s Legal Committee and the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Before joining Rossi, Kimms & McDowell LLP as a Partner, Mr. Schachner worked as Director of Patent Prosecution at a mid-sized firm in northern Virginia, where he was responsible for all facets of the firm’s patent prosecution work.  Mr. Schachner also has experience in litigation including representing clients in licensing negotiations and drafting non-infringement and invalidity opinions.

Mr. Schachner has an extensive experience in numerous technical areas including flat panel displays, such as PDP, OLED, IOLED, LCD, electrowetting, and FED, electrical devices including thin film transistors, capacitors, rechargeable batteries, organic/inorganic light emitting diodes, and fuel cells, mobile networks, mobile communication devices, computer networking, architecture, and software, internet searching, and online games.

Mr. Schachner is currently a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar (1997) and the Virginia Bar (2004), and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office as a Registered Patent Attorney.