• Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation


  • University of Texas School of Law, JD, with honors
  • Rice University, MAMS
  • Rice University, BA
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Richard A. Schafer


Houston, TX v. +1.713.632.8684 f. +1.713.228.6605

Richard Schafer concentrates his intellectual property practice on transactional aspects of intellectual property, both in patent and trademark prosecution. He is a registered patent attorney with a focus on computer and network hardware and software, telecommunications, and cybersecurity. On the trademark side of his practice, he helps clients develop trademark portfolios in variety of industries, including managing a worldwide trademark portfolio for a pet food manufacturer. He has significant experience in patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, licensing and acquisition of intellectual property rights, due diligence in business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, and development of intellectual property programs for clients.

Mr. Schafer advises clients on ownership of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and computer software; provides counsel on intellectual property portfolios, including what protection to seek and where; prepares and prosecutes patents, copyrights, and trademarks; and provides counsel on licensing agreements.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Schafer supported campus-wide computing and networking for Rice University, and developed electronic mail software for his own company. He also previously served as editor-in-chief of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal (1997-1998).


Mr. Schafer is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association for Computing Machinery. He continues his long-time involvement with Rice University by serving as a judge at the Rice University Business Plan Competition, the world's richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition.