Jenner & Block

Partners Rick Richmond and Rick Stone Named among Daily Journal’s “Top IP Lawyers in California”

Jenner & Block Partners Rick Richmond and Richard L. Stone are named among the “Top IP Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.  This is Mr. Stone’s fourth consecutive year on the list.  The recognition reflects recent significant successes in trade secret matters and the overall strength of the firm’s intellectual property practice in California.  “Intellectual property attorneys face many hurdles as they try to protect the branding of companies for consumers and a range of venues for those who want to protect their innovations,” the editors write. The lawyers recognized here “took those challenges head-on and pushed technological progress forward.”

Mr. Richmond is noted for his work leading a team of lawyers that secured one of the largest trade secrets verdicts in history.  In that case, a federal jury in Madison, Wisconsin, returned a $940 million trade secrets verdict for client Epic Systems Corp., one of the leading health care software companies in the United States, in a substantial corporate espionage case against Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which is a part of one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India.  “Immediately following the trial, the judge asked us to propose an injunction that would apply worldwide,” Mr. Richmond told the Daily Journal.  “The judge entered a worldwide permanent injunction that is meant to stop TCS from using Epic’s trade secrets ever again.”

Mr. Stone is noted for his work serving as lead counsel for a host of broadcasters in their lawsuit against Aereo Inc., an unlicensed subscriber-based service that streamed television programming over the Internet.  In 2014, the case reached the US Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of Mr. Stone’s clients.  Aereo ultimately went bankrupt.  More recently, Mr. Stone served as co-lead counsel for News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., as well as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and multiple subsidiary companies, on a lawsuit filed against real estate website Zillow Inc.  The lawsuit claimed that Zillow had misappropriated trade secrets during its $3.5 billion acquisition of Trulia and destroyed evidence to cover up that fact.  Mr. Stone explained that proving both allegations without evidence was a challenge:  “Now, you’ve put together mosaic of evidence, but on the other hand, it’s all circumstantial.  Burner phones and manifestos of how they’re going to hurt their employer, destruction of evidence, thumb drives that go missing.  Now, it’s left to the imagination of the jury.”  The case settledon the first day of trial in June, earning Mr. Stone’s clients a $130 million settlement.