Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Richard is also Board Certified as a Specialist in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar. For over 11 years, Richard has focused his practice and career on all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret information. Richard’s litigation experience includes representing clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States as well as the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Richard has represented clients in over 80 cases before federal district courts and federal courts of appeal, with most of these cases involving issues of intellectual property law.
Richard has served as lead counsel on behalf of leading utility companies and medical device manufacturers in both federal and state courts, and has extensive experience handling all stages of litigation, including first chair experience before juries and in evidentiary hearings.
As a registered patent attorney, Richard also has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications for a variety of industries and technologies, such as medical devices, mechanical devices and chemical processes. Richard’s prosecution experience also includes assisting clients throughout the world in procuring, protecting, and enforcing their domestic and foreign trademark portfolios.
Prior to co-founding The Brickell IP Group, Richard practiced with large general practice firms as well as boutique firms specializing in intellectual property law. In addition to his experiences with private law practices, Richard also worked as a laboratory technician for Tulane University Medical School’s departments of anatomy and neurology.
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
B.A., Cell and Molecular Biology
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
Florida Supreme Court
Honors and Awards
Florida Super Lawyers, 2017
South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2017
South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up and Comer, 2014 – 2016
DCBA’s Put Something Back, Pro Bono Award, 2006
Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
Dade County Bar Association, Member
Heralds of the Gospel Foundation, Inc., et al. v. Varela, Case No. 1:17-cv-22281 (S.D. Fla. 2017): Represented plaintiffs in trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement action. Obtained ex parte temporary injunctive relief and first chaired evidentiary hearing on motion for preliminary injunctive relief.
Mirabel Technologies, Inc. v. Caputo, et al., Case No. CACE08023228 (Fla. 17th Cir. Court, 2008): Represented plaintiff in trade secret misappropriation and breach of non-competition agreement case. Obtained temporary injunction that resulted in favorable settlement for the client.
Siemens Medical Center Solutions USA, Inc., et al. v. Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc., Case No. 6:08-MC-00024 (M.D. Fla. 2008): Defended third party whose patented crystal scintillation technology for PET scanning devices was the center of a co-pending $50 million dispute.
Delaware Valley Floral Group, Inc. v. Shaw Rose Nets, LLC, Case No. 1:07-cv-20199 (S.D. Fla. 2010): Represented plaintiff in a patent infringement lawsuit seeking declaratory relief. Case was dismissed in client’s favor on summary judgment and affirmed by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
Grupo Anderson’s S.A. de C.V. v. Operadora Anderson’s, S.A. de C.V., Case No. 12-cv-01821 (D. Nev. 2012): Represented defendant in dispute involving alleged breach of worldwide license agreement for the client’s trademark portfolio. Case was voluntarily dismissed by plaintiff following a favorable hearing on motion to dismiss defendant’s application for enforcement of a foreign arbitration award.
Woods v. DeAngelo Marine Exhaust, Inc., Case No. 9:08-cv-81579 (S.D. Fla. 2012): Represented defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit against direct competitor. Case proceeded to jury trial where plaintiff’s damages were reduced from $1.2 million to $90,000.
Star EnviroTech, Inc. v. Redline Detection, LLC, Case No. SAC12 1861 DOC (C.D. Cal. 2012): Represented plaintiff in patent infringement action against direct competitor. Obtained favorable claim construction ruling and obtained sanctions, including an adverse inference instruction, against defendant for discovery violations.
Atlas IP, LLC v. St. Jude Medical, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-21006 (S.D. Fla. 2014): Represented interests of defendants in patent infringement action with approximately $850 million in exposure.
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