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Rick D Nydegger

Rick D Nydegger

Workman Nydegger

Salt Lake City, UT, USA


Rick D. Nydegger
Workman | Nydegger

Mr. Nydegger is a founding member of Workman Nydegger.  In the early years of his practice, Mr. Nydegger was engaged in trial practice, and assisted in successfully conducting several of the first major litigation matters (involving medical device technologies) handled by the Firm.  Mr. Nydegger later developed an extensive prosecution practice, with emphasis in electronic, software, e-commerce and networking technologies, and life science technologies.

From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Nydegger served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah’s S. J. Quinney Law School, and was recognized by the law school as an Honorary Alumnus in 2004.  Beginning in 1998, he was invited to serve on the adjunct faculty of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.  He was recognized in 2005 as the BYU Law School’s Honored Alumnus of the Year.

Rick is a well-respected authority in the field of patenting software, e-commerce and information science technology, and has lectured both nationally and internationally on that topic.  He has published a number of articles, and has authored and co-authored several chapters in a treatise on Electronic and Software Patents.

He has also worked closely with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the development of several important policy initiatives, including its 21st Century Strategic Plan, and the drafting of several of the PTO Guidelines used by the patent examining corp when conducting examination of software related inventions.  In July of 2003 he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Commerce to a three year term as Chair of the Patent Public Advisory Committee.

He is a past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and was one of its first members to receive recognition as a Fellow.  He has been a frequent spokesman for AIPLA on many key legislative and regulatory developments.  He also served as a member of the board and as President of the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame.

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