Rick is a partner in Dovel & Luner. Rick’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation.
Rick is a graduate of Stanford University (B.S. in Biological Sciences, 2000) and Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude, 2003). After law school, Rick practiced at Irell & Manella until he joined Dovel & Luner in 2009. Rick has successfully litigated patent cases on behalf of a wide range of clients, including sole inventors, non-profit research centers, small technology start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies.
Rick’s current representations include patent litigations in the fields of online streaming video distribution, networking and Power-over-Ethernet, and manufacture and design of integrated circuits.
- Represented REC Software USA, Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Western District of Washington against Microsoft relating to Microsoft’s .NET Framework and Windows operating system. Obtained a favorable Markman ruling and denials of Microsoft’s summary judgment motions. The case settled on confidential terms prior to trial.
- Represented LPL Licensing LLC in a series of patent infringement lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas against various financial institutions. Successfully negotiated dozens of license and settlement agreements on behalf of LPL.
- Represented TiVo Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit against EchoStar Communications, Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas involving digital video recorders. After a two-week trial, the jury found all of TiVo’s asserted claims to be valid and infringed and awarded TiVo $74 million in damages. The Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment, including the full damages award and the injunction.
- Represented IMVU Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit against Forterra Systems, Inc. in the Northern District of California involving three-dimensional multi-user internet chat technology. Concurrently prepared Inter Partes Reexamination filed on behalf of IMVU, where the Patent Office issued a non-final Office Action invalidating all of Forterra’s patent claims asserted in the litigation. The case settled successfully for IMVU.
Federal court admissions:
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
- Eastern District of Texas
- Northern District of California
- Central District of California
- Harvard Law School, (J.D., cum laude, 2003)
- Stanford University, in Biological Sciences, (B.S., 2000)