Richard A. Machonkin


Richard A. Machonkin is Chair of MBHB’s Telecommunications Practice Group and the firm’s Education Committee. Clients in the optical technology, mechanical and diagnostics industries seek his counsel as they work to build their patent portfolios. His patent prosecution experience includes numerous successful appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences).  

In addition to his patent prosecution work, Mr. Machonkin supports clients in patent litigation. He has litigated patent cases in federal courts at the trial court and appellate court levels. He also prepares opinions for clients 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

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


  • Illinois Super Lawyers


  • Helped autonomous driving company build a global portfolio of more than 1,000 patents. 
  • Helped medical device company build a global portfolio of more than 500 patents.
  • Led more than 30 successful appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to secure patent rights for global technology companies