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.