Richard Rochford


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Boston College Law School

A.B., Hamilton College

Bar Admissions

New York



District of Columbia


Richard Rochford has been handling patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases—at trial and through successful motion practice and favorable settlements—for over 25 years.  Clients recognize Rich’s skill, success, and client focus, as reflected in both patent and trademark publication rankings based on client interviews.    One of those publications, WTR 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (2014), describes Rich as a “hugely competent and efficient professional who deploys aggression when necessary to obtain sterling outcomes.”  Many of those victories have come in all or nothing conflicts, for both multinational corporations and emerging companies built on innovation.  Rich has served as lead counsel in more than 100 intellectual property matters in federal district courts from Oregon to Georgia, and he has argued more than a dozen appeals, many of them in the Federal Circuit.

Owners of some of the world’s most recognized brands and designs have turned to Rich to protect and enforce their most valuable assets. As lead counsel, Rich has secured trial and arbitration wins for leading consumer products, automotive, alcoholic beverage, retail and technology companies.

Rich’s track record of success in complex patent and trade secret lawsuits -- in cases ranging from vaccines and medical devices, to chemical compositions, to lasers, electronics and software -- results from his ability to effectively describe sophisticated technologies and convey complicated legal concepts: “[h]e is great at explaining issues clearly and concisely in the courtroom,” according to IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012 edition).

Rich is also known for working well with clients (“with his calm demeanor, he is very easy to be with”), and for putting clients first: Rich “coordinates a team of people very effectively and is very good at reaching into the ranks of the firm to appropriately staff matters to best suit clients’ needs.”

Rich has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution, and he has served as an arbitrator and mediator in major patent, trade secret and trademark disputes administered by CPR, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. Rich taught as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University School of Law for 15 years, and he speaks regularly on intellectual property and litigation issues.  Rich has presented at national meetings of the Intellectual Property Owners, American Chemical Society, International Trademark Association, American Bar Association and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


World Trademark Review

World Trademark Review Applauds Haynes and Boone Trademark Practice

The World Trademark Review has for the third consecutive year awarded Haynes and Boone a gold ranking - the highest possible - in Texas, and a silver ranking nationally, informing its readers that “[w]hen it comes to trademarks, Haynes and Boone sets the gold standard in the Lone Star State.”

Published by Globe Business Publishing Ltd in 2015.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section  
  • International Trademark Association, Panel of Neutrals  
  • Virginia State Bar 
  • District of Columbia Bar  
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Project

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Anatomy of an IP Litigation," CLE presentation, October/November 2011. 
  • "Time for Reform: Inventors should get what they invent," Rochester Business Journal, September 9, 2011. 
  • "Lawyers in the Crosshairs: Ethical Dilemmas," CLE presentation, June 2011. 
  • "Favorable Conclusion for LaserMax in Patent Infringement Litigation," Intellectual Property Today, February 7, 2011. 
  • "Intellectual Property Litigation of the Future: Copyright and Trade Secrets," CLE presentation, May 2010.


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