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Richard C. Hsu    

King & Spalding LLP

Redwood City, CA, USA

Richard Hsu is a partner in King & Spalding's Silicon Valley office. Mr. Hsu advises companies on corporate, licensing and associated business and intellectual property issues. He has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating corporate and technology transactions, including acquisitions, asset purchase, licensing, development and other partnering agreements for the life science, semiconductor, medical device, electronics/software and financial services industries. He also has expertise in intellectual property asset management and licensing, having assisted numerous clients to develop and implement strategies to acquire, protect, enforce, license and commercialize various forms of intellectual property.

Before joining King & Spalding, he was co-Managing Partner and Practice Group Leader at Townsend and Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton). Prior to joining Townsend, Mr. Hsu was a Senior Attorney at Venture Law Group (founded by Craig Johnson at Wilson Sonsini), where he represented more than 100 venture-backed startup technology companies and venture funds. Mr. Hsu was also former General Counsel at Cyrano Sciences, Inc. (acquired by Smiths Detection), a venture-backed company founded by Caltech Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs, where his pivotal management role was featured on television station KWHY and in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

A frequent lecturer and writer, Mr. Hsu is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and Stanford Director's College, was elected to the Executive Committee of the California State Bar IP Section  and has written articles for the San Francisco Daily Journal, New York Times, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has also been quoted in numerous publications, including the Caltech News, Corporate Counsel and the Los Angeles Times.


  • Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Faculty
  • Stanford Director's College Faculty
  • Advisory Board Member, qb3 (California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences)
  • Founding Advisory Board Member, Law Pivot, Inc.
  • Founding Advisory Board Member, Institute for Int'l Film Financing
  • Advisory Board Member, Executive Impact Group
  • Executive Committee, California State Bar IP Section ('04-'07)

  • California (1994)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1996)


  • J.D., Columbia Law School (1994)
  • B.S., California Institute of Technology, Engineering and Applied Science (1989)

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