Ronald A. Rudder, Ph.D., is a patent prosecution attorney in the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution and Patent Interferences practice groups. He focuses on advanced electronics, advanced materials for electronics, nanotechnology, semiconductor materials and processing, scientific instrumentation, laser and imaging technologies, and vacuum technology. Dr. Rudder has a deep understanding of technologies gleaned from 13 years of experience as a Senior Research Engineer at the Center for Semiconductor Research with the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina. Dr. Rudder is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers. He assists clients routinely on patent portfolio management, has worked with corporate counsel on due diligence matters involving semiconductors and advanced manufacturing, and has worked with corporate counsel in provoking interferences and with the subsequent interference trial procedures at the USPTO.

Dr. Rudder’s ability to synthesize scientific information and complex technologies ensures that his clients’ patent applications are finely crafted, resulting in approval of the broadest, most viable patents. Skilled at identifying unanticipated uses for client innovations, he guides his clients in creating a range of patents to cover those uses.

Dr. Rudder represents clients ranging from emerging entities to large domestic and foreign corporations, and is particularly adept at asserting group prosecutions and addressing the interplay of patents. He has written more than 50 technical publications and possesses seven U.S. patents in the fields of materials processing and deposition for advanced semiconductor devices and packaging. He has assisted clients in obtaining more than 800 patents.

He holds a Ph.D. in physics and is a former adjunct professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Rudder was a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-sponsored U.S. delegation to Japan in 1990, which assessed Japan’s diamond technology.


  • George Washington University School of Law (J.D.)
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (Ph.D.)
    • Physics
  • Lynchburg College (B.S.)
    • Mathematics and Physics


  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Virginia


Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society
  • American Vacuum Society
  • Virginia State Bar