Richard Rochford



Education and Clerkships

J.D., Boston College Law School

A.B., Hamilton College


New York



District of Columbia


Richard Rochford, Chair of Haynes and Boone’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, has been handling patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases—at trial and through successful motion practice and favorable settlements—for more than 25 years. World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, Globe Business Publishing Ltd (2019), recognized Rich as one of New York’s top lawyers in Enforcement and Litigation, noting he is hailed by clients as “a fantastic trial lawyer.” 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. He has litigated dozens of false advertising matters including federal court trial wins in addition to yielding successful results before the National Advertising Division (NAD).

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, Globe Business Publishing Ltd (2012).

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.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, Globe Business Publishing Ltd, 2014-2021
  • Recognized in New York Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2020

Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Law 2018 Year In Review

We are pleased to highlight some of our representative intellectual property-related client successes and publications over the past year that might be relevant to your business success in the coming year. We represented clients in 74 inter partes review/PTAB proceedings that were filed in 2018, and our patent prosecution team filed over 2,300 U.S. patent applications and helped issue more than 1,650 U.S. patents just in 2018. We also helped close the IP issues in dozens of financings, M&A transactions, and joint venture/licensing arrangements.

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


World Trademark Review

Haynes and Boone’s Growing Trademark Practice Again Awarded Top National Ranking in Prestigious 2021 WTR 1000

Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Trademark Practice Group has again been honored as one of the top 11 “National Gold Tier” trademark practices in the country in the 2021 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 directory of leading trademark professionals. This is the 11th consecutive year for the firm to place among the U.S. leaders in the WTR 1000, which is based on interviews with clients and trademark practitioners.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Trademark Litigation for Non-Litigators” panel, moderator, INTA Annual Meeting, Seattle, May 21, 2018.
  • "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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