Rich Vasquez has been practicing IP and business litigation for 25 years. Rich represents a range of companies, from venture backed start-ups to large publicly traded technology manufacturers, in litigation and litigation avoidance, with a particular emphasis on assisting companies involved in Taiwan and China supply chain management in the computer industry. He has served as lead counsel for seven clients in three major jury trials in the Eastern District of Texas since April 2009. Rich has been lead trial counsel in prosecuting and defending complex matters including patent, copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and other business torts. Prior to founding Vasquez Benisek & Lindgren, LLP, Rich worked for Bartko Welsh Tarrant & Miller and Morgan Miller Blair.
Representative matters include:
- Currently lead counsel for LG Electronics USA, Enterasys Networks and SMC Networks in patent infringement action in the District of Delaware, in Chalumeau Power Systems v. Cisco.
- Currently lead counsel for three wireless network equipment companies accused of patent infringement in the Northern District of Alabama federal court and transferred to Northern District of California federal court, in NorthPeak Wireless LLC v. 3Com, et .al., where plaintiff claims its patents read on all Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) modulation 802.11 wireless systems.
- Spent past 2 years as lead counsel for Lineage Power (formerly a division of ATT and Lucent), in SynQor v. Artesyn, et al. and Lineage v. SynQor patent infringement cases involving power conversion technology, pending before Judge John T. Ward in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Served as lead counsel representing America's largest radio network, Westwood One (NASDAQ ticker symbol: WWON), http://www.westwoodone.com, in the Eastern District of Virginia in patent infringement case brought by Triangle Software over visual traffic information technology.
- Served as lead counsel in successful defense of four wireless network equipment companies accused of patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas federal court in CSIRO v. Toshiba, et al. where plaintiff claimed its patent reads on the IEEE 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11n (draft) wireless standards.
- Served as lead counsel defending two network switch companies accused of patent infringement in Eastern District of Texas in Fenner Investments, LLC v. 3Com, et.al.
- Served as lead counsel for network equipment company accused of patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas federal court in Network 1 v. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al. where plaintiff claims its patent reads on the IEEE 802.3au standard for “power over Ethernet.”
- Served as lead counsel for network equipment company accused of patent infringement in the District of South Carolina federal court in Optimumpath LLC v. Cisco Linksys LLC, et al.
- Served as lead counsel for network equipment maker in WIFI patent infringement case, The PACid Group, LLC v. Best Buy Co., Inc. et al., Case No. 6:10-cv-00370-LED, filed in July 2010, before Judge Leonard Davis in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Lead counsel in four separate successful CA state court plaintiff cases in the past ten years for fraud arising out of defective IC component concealment against four US listed companies, recovering a total of $15 million US for Taiwan stock exchange listed clients.
- Defended successfully five (5) network equipment manufacturers in District of Delaware federal court and the International Trade Commission (ITC) from allegations of patent infringement in Proxim v. 3Com, and In Re Wireless Network Interface Cards, which alleged its patents read on 802.11b wireless systems.
- Defended successfully text book authors in copyright infringement case in Northern District of California federal court.
- Defended successfully European business equipment in CA state court jury trial from alleged $40M fraudulent earn-out promise from merger and acquisitions deal.
- Defended successfully in District of Washington federal court corporate client from Rule 10b5 fraud claims arising out of alleged illegal round-trip advertising swaps with AOL.
- Defended building material supplier corporate client from $200M Qui Tam claim in CA state courts.
- Team member which defended Ferdinand Marcos from RICO claims in Southern District of New York, Central California and Hawaii arising from alleged looting of Philippines treasury.
- Defended public Savings and Loan corporation directors and officers from alleged RICO claims arising from 1987 recession, in Eastern District of California.
- San Francisco State University, B.A. 1982
- University of California, Hastings School of Law, J.D., 1986
- California Supreme Court
- United States District Court, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas