Richard A. Machonkin


Richard A. Machonkin is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm’s Telecommunications Practice Group. Mr. Machonkin represents clients in prosecution, litigation, and counseling matters. He has helped obtain U.S. and foreign patents for clients involved in a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, software, diagnostics, optical, and mechanical technologies. His patent prosecution experience includes numerous successful appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. He has litigated patent cases in federal courts at the trial court and appellate court levels. He has rendered opinions regarding the patentability of inventions and the noninfringement and invalidity of issued U.S. patents.

  • J.D., Harvard Law School,

    Cum Laude; Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Member

  • B.S., University of Michigan,

    Physics and Chemistry, With Highest Honors

  • M.S., Cornell University,

    Physics; Postgraduate Research: Experimental surface science, designing, building, applying, and maintaining a variety of ultra-high vacuum and cryogenic apparatus and related electronic instrumentation

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois , 1996
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Society for Information Display (SID)


  • Illinois Super Lawyers