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Richard Bennett Salles

Patent application Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
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About Richard

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As managing partner of Foundation Patents, I’m a registered patent attorney who helps creative people realize their dreams.  My first love is working with inventors to craft their innovations into effective patents.  I focus on comprehensive specifications, illustrative figures and broad claims that capture the genius of an invention while covering all conceivable embodiments. I enjoy the back-and-forth process of figure and claim drafting with my clients, and I make a point of always being available to help ease the process from idea to issued patent.

I received my Bachelor’s at Princeton University and completed my physics course work at San Francisco State University.  I received my J.D. with Honors from the University of Oregon School of Law.  At Oregon, I received a Certificate in Intellectual Property for my course work in patent infringement.

In patent prosecution, I focus on mechanical apparatus devices, chemical compositions and computer-implemented method patents.  I represent businesses in patent litigation matters, copyright, trademark and trade secret infringement suits in both state and federal courts throughout California.  I perform U.S. and international trademark registrations, conduct trademark searches and draft freedom-to-operate opinions.  I counsel and prosecute U.S. patent and trademark applications for scientists, inventors, business people, artists and designers of all types.

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Foundation Patents, LLP
1261 Locust Street 56
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


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Posted by Jason | March 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true professional for Patent application, Trademark application.
Richard has been absolutely incredible and as advertised. Initially, I went to Richard for Trademark assistance. I was so impressed after the successful filing and approval that although I had filed my Provisional Patent through another company I was intent on having Richard submit for my Non-Provisional Patent. Once again, Richard meticulously went through the NPP application and also provided valuable feedback on how to improve the strength of the Patent. Again Richard successfully filed and received approval for my Patent. So to say I am extremely pleased with Richard's service and results is a major understatement. I don't post many comments, generally only if it's something really bad or really good, and luckily this time it is for something really good, excellent job Richard!
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Posted by Leo | March 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly suggest his office!
My partner and I recently worked with Mr. Salles to create and file a patent, and we came away very happy with the services provided to us. The free consultation was invaluable, as it allowed us to assess the potential of our creation without incurring needless charges. Mr. Salles was extremely informative, punctual, and reliable throughout, and helped to make the process as smooth and effective as possible. We are very pleased with the results and expect to continue working with Foundation Patents in the future!
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Posted by Adriana | March 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended. Quick to respond.
I have had the opportunity to work with two previous patent lawyers on other projects prior to meeting Rich and all I can say is that I wish I would've had met Rich for my previous projects. He is very professional, very knowledgeable, very meticulous and very thorough. From our very first meeting he had a full understanding of my product and was able to provide great feedback. He was great at communicating with me and keeping me in the loop he always responded right away. That is something that I appreciated very much given my previous experience when I wouldn't get a response for several days to weeks. It has been a real pleasure working with him and I feel I finally found somebody with whom I will continue to work in my future projects.
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Posted by Winsome | September 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent at what he does!
Richard S. was efficient and very effective with communicating what he needed from us. We had worked with 2 trademark companies before Richard and they took advantage of us. Richard did not. He was reasonable. He is very knowledgeable about all the trademark laws and procedures.
Posted by Tommy | September 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Patent Attorney
I came to Richard to place a patent filing for a device and methodology I had created. He helped me through every step and helped me and my co inventor secure our intellectual property. Since then he has masterfully helped me with every thing I could need, whether it be constructing a contract or licensing agreement for us to use in business ventures or guiding us in the right direction for our long term goals, Richard and his office have done wonders for us. I would recommend anybody who needs to protect their ideas or inventions to call him ASAP. Don't go another day unprotected, you'll instantly feel that huge weight be lifted off your shoulder.
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Posted by Yusuf | May 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Richard was extremely helpful with the patenting process
I can say only very positive things about Richard Salles. I contacted Richard about a product I am launching in several months. He intently listened to me describing the product, my plans with regards to protecting my IP and agreed to meet in person to see the prototype. During the in-person consultation, I was pleasantly surprised how easy it is to communicate with Richard and he was extremely helpful with explaining the patenting process, what type of protection I should consider for my product and how he would be able to help me in the process. So far I can tell that Richard is straight forward, positive, very knowledgeable and is overall a pleasure to work with. Would definitely recommend for patenting, trademark filing processes.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
From the beginning of the patent process to filing my nonprovisional utility patent application with the USPTO, Richard Salles was AMAZING! He is an awesome patent attorney. I highly recommend his services to anyone
Posted by Albert | December 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing work
I’ve hired Richard a couple times over the years to protect my inventions and ideas. He has done an amazing job helping me secure my Intellectual property and I recommend him to anybody looking to protect their inventions or ideas. He has also helped me construct contracts/licensing agreements for business endeavors and protecting ourselves when dealing with other people and businesses.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
None needed.
He asked for a letter from someone I worked with and, then didn't higlight any reason I would have to ask a third party for such information. When I called the number listed on his website telling him that I did not feel comfortable asking for unique 3rd party request of information-- the phone number dialed then played what appeared to be a disconnected phone service message. ???
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Response from Richard Salles October 28, 2019
Dear Mr. John - - - - , Once again, I do not believe the FBI, CIA, and NSA are tapping your phones or that they have implanted bugging technology into your brain. I don not believe you possess secret information that could bring down the government. You were mistakenly referred to my patent law office by the CCCBA for a free consultation (I received no compensation). I have since spoken with the CCCBA about their deficient client-screening process. You had already seen 2 previous attorneys who had also courteously escorted you out and had likewise assured you they could not help you. I too am sorry we could not help you; I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
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AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Captain
  • United States Army, J.A.G. Corps
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Imhoff & Associates, PC
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Contract Attorney
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2000 - 2004


  • SFSU
  • Physics
  • 2013
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Princeton University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993


  • National Association of Patent Practitioners
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • A+ I.T. Certification
  • CompTIA
  • 2018
  • U. of Oregon School of Law
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property
  • 1999


  • bold i.p.'s website
  • Sidecar Uber Alice; Patenting Mobile Apps
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Society of California Facial Plastic Surgeons
  • Patents for Medical Devices
  • 2016

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Walnut Creek Patent application Lawyer Richard Bennett Salles
Richard Bennett Salles
Patent application Attorney
Walnut Creek, CA
Licensed for 23 years
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