O'Banion & Ritchey LLP, Intellectual Property Attorneys

Firm Overview

O'Banion & Ritchey LLP specializes in intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition) and related litigation and licensing. Our firm prides itself on being able to offer personalized service and competitive rates, while also being able to serve all of a client's needs regarding intellectual property matters in any technology.

The firm's services encompass protection and registration of intellectual property rights not only in the United States, but throughout the world. These services include negotiating and structuring licensing and technology transfer agreements, and representing its clients in disputes that arise from technological issues. Many involve both complex technology and novel questions of law.

Our patent practice includes advising clients as to the patentability of inventions, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and addressing questions of validity and infringement of patents.

The firm's trademark practice includes the determination of trademark and service mark availability, the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications, and counseling clients with regard to the selection, use and enforcement of trademarks.

In the area of copyrights, the firm's practice includes registering and enforcing copyrights, as well as advising clients with regard to the scope and use of their copyright protection.

Our trade secret practice involves counseling clients regarding protection of trade secrets and implementing procedures to protect trade secrets from disclosure and loss.

The firm also provides litigation and licensing services with regard to all aspects of intellectual property rights.

O'Banion & Ritchey LLP is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys. I am the managing partner at O'Banion & Ritchey LLP. I am listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, have a Martindale Hubbell AV rating and was voted a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2005 and 2006.

I have both educational and work experience in the area of electrical engineering; including semiconductor design and fabrication, circuit design, electromagnetics, signal processing, data processing and computer system architecture and programming.

Since 1988, I have assisted clients with obtaining hundreds of patents in technology areas ranging from basic mechanical devices to high technology electronic, computer, signal processing, communications, medical and dental devices. In addition, I have experience in technology transfer and licensing, and represents small and large corporations, as well as individual inventors, pursue and defend patent infringement actions.

Example cases

Not applicable as I am into patents.

Main Office
400 Capitol Mall
Suite 1550
Sacramento  CA  95814
  • (916) 498-1010
  • (916) 498-1074


Free Initial Consultation?
We charge $300 for an initial consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Not Applicable
Hourly Rates
$250 to $500 for attorneys, and reviewed annually.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency hours in rare circumstances.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Patent attorneys are required to have a degree in engineering or science. Being an electrical engineer was an ideal background for patent practice.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We encourage clients to research and become familiar with the subject matter of our representation. This facilitates a better attorney-client relationship.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are willing to review documents prepared by clients; but doing so often requires us to either modify or rewrite the document because once we review a document, we become responsible for its content. The client should be aware that preparing their own documents usually does not reduce the cost of our services.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

In very limited areas of our practice, clients may be capable of representing themselves and we may provide guidance to the client.

John P. O'Banion

From 1987 to 1989, I was the General Counsel of Resource Management International, Inc. (RMI), an engineering consulting firm headquartered in Sacramento, CA. In addition to my responsibility for all corporate legal matters, including intellectual property, I also provided engineering consulting services to many of RMI's clients as a Principal Executive Consultant.

From 1975 to 1987, I held various engineering and management positions at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, including those of assistant engineer, associate engineer, senior engineer, supervising engineer and power contracts department manager.

From 1981 to 1987, I also maintained a private practice in the area of intellectual property law, focusing on computer software protection and trademark and copyright law.

Education and work experience as an electrical engineer, professional negotiator and manager.

I have the ability to communicate both technically and on a lay level, as well the ability to represent a client from an overall perspective rather than focus very narrowly.

Professional but friendly.

Personal interests:

Ham radio, cycling, travel and gourmet food.

  • Bar Number: 99523
    California , 1981
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    J.D. , 1981
    Sacramento, CA
    Technology Law; Tax Law
  • University of California, Davis
    Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering , 1975
    Davis, CA
    Computer science, semiconductor fabrication, and communications systems.

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