Virginia Richard is a partner in the firm’s New York office and a member of its Executive Committee.
She has litigated trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, and copyright infringement cases in federal courts throughout the United States and has supervised trademark and unfair competition litigation in over 70 countries. Ms. Richard has developed and implemented worldwide trademark registration, policing, and enforcement programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Ms. Richard’s practice includes trademark and copyright licensing, Web site development agreements, content licenses, Web hosting and co-location agreements, software development agreements, software licensing, and technology transfer and consulting agreements. Ms. Richard frequently works with the firm’s corporate partners in connection with intellectual property aspects of private equity deals, IPOs, and mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Richard’s clients include insurance and financial services companies, health care providers, telecommunication companies, software firms, marketing and technology consulting firms, and consumer goods companies in the apparel, textile, food, and tobacco fields.
Ms. Richard was recognized in the World Trademark Review’s “WTR 1000” and is noted as, “a serious player in the trademark field” in 2011 and 2012. She was chosen as a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America in 2006-2013. She was listed in An International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers in 2005 and 2006. In addition, she was recognized as a New York Super Lawyer each year from 2006 through 2011.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Richard is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Corporate Opinion Committee. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law and the Section on Antitrust Law. She also is a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and International Trademark Association.
Ms. Richard received a B.A. in History from Manhattanville College in 1965 and a J.D. from New York University Law School in 1969.
Speeches and Publications
Ms. Richard is a frequent lecturer for the Practising Law Institute, International Trademark Association, and other continuing legal education organizations, and is the author of a number of articles on trademark and copyright law.
Ms. Richard is author of various articles on trademark and copyright law, including: “Management of Foreign Trademark Litigation,” Communications and the Law, December 1985; “Pros and Cons of Adherence to the Madrid Protocol,” NYPTCLA Bulletin, 1993; “A Guide to Internet Legislation,” R.R. Donnelly Financial, 2000; and “Developments in U.S. Brand Management and Dilution Law;” Building and Enforcing Intellectual Property Value, 2002; and "Hey, You, Get Off of My Trademark!" New York Law Journal, January 24, 2005. She is also a frequent contributor to The World Trademark Law Report.
Other lectures and speaking appearances have included “Maintenance and Protection of Trademarks Abroad,” U.S. Trademark Association, 1986; “Trademark Infringement,” Practising Law Institute, 1989; “Product Configuration Trademark Protection,” Practising Law Institute, 1995; “Injunctions in Software Copyright Cases,” American Institute, 1995; “The Duty to Search,” All-Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property, 1999; “Developments in Trademark Law,” Practising Law Institute, 1999; “Developments in Entertainment Licensing,” Product Marketing Association, 2000; “Legal Issues Relating to Digital Distribution of Content,” International Quality and Productivity Center Conference, 2001; and “The Dilution Chronicles,” International Trademark Association Leadership Conference, 2002