Rimon

Richard de Bodo

Partner

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences
Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School

J.D.

Harvard College

B.A.

    ADMISSIONS

  • District of Columbia
  • State of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

    Languages

  • Arabic
  • Armenian

Rich de Bodo is a skilled and creative trial lawyer who litigates high-stakes, complex, and cutting-edge cases for the world’s leading technology, pharmaceutical, and life sciences companies as well as other prominent businesses, individuals, small businesses, and early-stage companies. Rich has been repeatedly selected as one of the top trial lawyers in California. He is known for his tireless and forceful advocacy on behalf of his clients, his painstaking preparation and attention to detail, his boundless energy, his creative problem-solving, his ability to explain complicated technology and concepts in simple terms to judges and juries, and his ability to collaborate with and lead strong teams of lawyers. 

Rich has won significant victories and multimillion-dollar awards in federal and state courts throughout the United States, multiple appellate courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Patent Office, arbitration tribunals, and other forums. According to Chambers USA, “Clients are impressed by Rich’s brilliant mind and unmatched strategic skills.” Chambers quoted one general counsel: “When the stakes are high, Rich is the only person I’d go to. He gets the job done in a measured and calm manner.”   

Rich is consistently ranked by multiple publications as one of the best intellectual property, patent, trade secrets, life sciences and trial lawyers in the United States. Rich was recently named the General Patent Litigator of the Year for California. Rich has successfully litigated cutting-edge Hatch-Waxman cases and Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) cases for leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies throughout the world. Rich has won bet-the-company patent infringement and inventorship cases, trade secrets cases, Lanham Act, trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition cases, copyright cases, and post-grant challenges to patents before the PTAB and in the U.S. Patent Office for established companies, start-ups, investment firms, and inventors in a wide range of technologies, including wireless communications, software, computers, semiconductors, consumer electronics, Internet technology, optics, pharmaceuticals, stem cells, biosimilars, and biotechnology. In the words of one general counsel, “Rich is the person you need when you’re faced with highly complicated IP legal matters that involve many variables.”   

Rich has enjoyed unrivaled success litigating and trying business and commercial disputes throughout the United States, including securities fraud and malpractice matters. Rich has also successfully represented Native American and Alaska Native tribes, villages, organizations, and individuals in multiple matters relating to their aboriginal and treaty rights and sovereignty, their lands and resources, their civil rights, their voting rights, and their health and welfare. He has teamed up with and/or represented the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) in a number of these matters.   

Prior to joining MWM, Rich served as chair of the intellectual property, patent litigation, and life sciences practices at several leading global law firms. 

Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Life Sciences Companies

  • Won trial for pharmaceutical company in high-stakes Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving client’s best-selling anesthetic drug and obtained a permanent injunction blocking market entry by competitor on all three asserted patents 
  • Successfully obtained freedom to operate for biopharmaceutical company in high-stakes inventorship litigation over 37 US and international patents concerning peptide therapies that stimulate red blood cell formation 
  • Won trial court and Federal Circuit victories and obtained a permanent injunction for leading pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman patent case involving billion-dollar anti-ulcer, heartburn, and acid reflux drug 
  • Successfully assisted biosimilar manufacturer in invalidating key blocking patents, overcoming multiple barriers to entry, navigating the BPCIA, and launching major biosimilar antibody product several years ahead of schedule 
  • Won multiple summary judgments of noninfringement for leading pharmaceutical company in patent lawsuit targeted at its billion-dollar cancer drug and its international cancer research program 
  • Successfully represented biopharmaceutical company in asserting its crown-jewel patents relating to humanized antibodies and obtained lucrative licenses from market-leading pharm company for four blockbuster biologic drugs 
  • Successfully represented leading pharmaceutical company in high-stakes patent infringement case involving drug for severe sepsis and challenges to the company’s conduct in clinical trials and the FDA approval process 
  • Successfully represented leading pharmaceutical company in patent and antitrust lawsuit and defeated challenges to company’s crown-jewel patents covering its blockbuster AIDS therapies 
  • Successfully represented leading biotechnology company in multiple bet-the-company patent cases defending and asserting its market-leading technologies involving DNA microarrays and DNA sequencing 
  • Won district court and Federal Circuit victories for a vaccine company in a patent case that resulted in a significant Federal Circuit decision on inventorship and university ownership of patents 
  • Successfully represented biotechnology company in high-stakes patent case and preserved freedom to operate for its market-leading diagnostic test and immunoassay technology 

Technology and Software Companies

  • Won summary judgment of noninfringement and Federal Circuit appeal in high-stakes patent infringement case involving launch of major new Internet search technology 
  • Won summary judgment in district court, summary determination at the ITC, and Federal Circuit appeal in bet-the-company case that resulted in a landmark Federal Circuit ruling on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 
  • Won summary judgment of noninfringement in two patent infringement cases involving company’s market-leading photographic-quality printers and inks 
  • Won summary judgment of noninfringement in high-stakes patent infringement case involving digital cameras and camcorders 
  • Successfully represented leading decontamination and disinfection company in cutting-edge patent and trademark litigation, validated company’s patented technology, and secured and strengthened its market-leading brand 
  • Successfully represented leading semiconductor company in high-stakes trade secrets and employee solicitation case involving semiconductors that perform RF turning and transceiving and defeated preliminary injunction motion brought by a leading competitor 
  • Won trial and obtained a $120 million jury verdict and worldwide injunction in a patent and trade secrets case involving complex computer software 

Native American Law

  • Won federal trial in lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act and US Constitution on behalf of Alaska Native voters and negotiated settlement establishing that for the first time, the State of Alaska would provide voters its Official Election Pamphlet and other voting materials in multiple different Alaska Native languages and dialects 
  • Won two federal district court injunctions based upon the US Constitution and Voting Rights Act prohibiting North Dakota from enforcing restrictive voter identification requirements that unfairly burdened the voting rights of Native Americans living on reservations 
  • Successfully represented the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and obtained substantial attorneys’ fees award based on NARF’s work for 14 years in landmark litigation relating to federal mismanagement of Native American trust assets 

Memberships

  • State Bar of California 
  • District of Columbia Bar 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association, co-chair Litigation Section, member of Intellectual Property Litigation Committee 
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Instructor on Trial Advocacy and Trial Strategy 
  • Hastings College of Advocacy, Instructor on Trial Advocacy and Trial Strategy 

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – 2024 
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2005 – 2021 
  • Benchmark Litigation, 2023; Intellectual Property and Life Sciences, 2015 – 2018 
  • Chambers and Partners USA, Intellectual Property 2009-2018, Life Sciences 2009-2018 
  • The Legal 500 US, Outstanding Lawyer in Healthcare – Life Sciences, 2015 – 2018 
  • Daily Journal, Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2010 – 2018 
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Patent Star, 2012 – 2018 
  • LMG Life Sciences, Life Sciences Star: Intellectual Property, 2012- 2018 
  • Who’s Who Legal, Outstanding Life Sciences Attorney, 2015- 2018 

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School

J.D.

Harvard College

B.A.

    ADMISSIONS

  • District of Columbia
  • State of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

    Languages

  • Arabic
  • Armenian