Ria Farrell Schalnat

Of Counsel
P: (513) 977-8348
F: (513) 977-8141
Ria’s passion for technology stems from her background as a computer programmer, which affords her unique perspectives when counseling clients on patent and licensing matters. She has helped clients secure patents for a wide range of technology-based systems, including billing, data management, customer relationship management and speech technology. She is adept at guiding clients throughout the entirety of the patent process, from reviewing disclosures and determining patentability to drafting and filing applications and interfacing with the patent office during the review process. She also has extensive experience in handling drafting and reviewing computer licensing agreements with an additional focus in open source licensing.

She is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of matters, including serving as an annual panelist at the Mobile Voice and SpeechTEK Conferences, which attracts industry leaders in the speech technology industry. She also has contributed to a number of industry publications, including the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal and Billing World. Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati Law Schools, teaching courses in open source licensing, computer and cyberspace law, and patent prosecution history analysis.

Ria is particularly honored to serve as the pronouncer for the WCPO Regional Spelling Bee for Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. She also joined the Production Staff for the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ria also enjoys playing chess and passes on her love of the game to children through the Hua Xia Chinese School where her family studies Mandarin Chinese. She also has been involved with Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor, overseeing several pro bono adoptions, and recently welcomed a son from China to her own family through adoption. She was the recipient of the Francis J. Conte Special Service Award in 2010.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association, Board Member (2010-Present), President (2008-2009), Vice-President (2007)
  • University of Dayton Program in Law and Technology, Board Member (2008-Present) 
  • Intellectual Property Owners, Subcommittee on Open Source (2008-Present) 
  • Speech Technology Consortium, Board Member and Secretary (2009-Present) 
  • WCPO Regional Spelling Bee for SW Ohio and SE Indiana/Northern Kentucky, Pronouncer (2010-2011) 
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee, Production Staff (2012) 
  • All Ohio American Institute on Intellectual Property, Steering Committee (2010) 
  • Hua Xia Chinese School Volunteer Chess Coach (2011-Present) 
  • Applied Voice Input/Output Society (AVIOS), Chair of the Cincinnati Chapter (2012-Present)


  • Recipient of the Francis J. Conte Special Service Award in 2010