J. Rick Taché

J. Rick Taché

Shareholder

J. Rick Taché is a registered patent attorney and intellectual property lawyer, with an emphasis on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. His patent and trademark prosecution practice spans multiple industries, including medical devices, aerospace, mechanical, software, hardware, Internet and business methods. He is experienced handling intellectual property issues in relation to complex transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, licensing, vendor agreements, development agreements, joint ventures, and outsourcing agreements.

 

He is Co-Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Orange County office and Co-Chair of the Global Patent Litigation Group.

Concentrations

  • Patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation
  • Technology litigation 
  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures 
  • Licensing, development, and outsourcing agreements
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Mobile Telecommunications LLC (MTEL) v. Samsung: Represented Samsung Electronics, Ltd. in case against Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC (MTel) regarding patents related to mobile messaging services. MTel claimed Samsung infringed on these patents and sought $100 million in damages. After a jury trial, Samsung was found not to infringe.
  • Whitewater West Industries, LTD v. Splashtacular, Inc.: Counsel for Whitewater in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the District of Colorado relating to water-based amusement attractions. Obtained a favorable settlement after successfully concluding the Markman Hearing and filing Motions for Summary Judgment.
  • Whitewater West Industries, LTD v. Vortex Aquatic Structures International, Inc.: Counsel for Whitewater in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the District of Colorado relating to interactive play structures. Obtained a favorable settlement after successfully concluding the Markman Hearing.°
  • Whitewater West Industries, LTD v. International Play Company, Inc.: Counsel for Whitewater in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the District of Oregon relating to interactive play structures and ball shooters. Obtained an early favorable settlement for Whitewater.°
  • Counsel for world’s largest international hotel chain in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Texas. The lawsuit involved a number of patents to internet-based reservations systems. Successfully settled the lawsuit after challenging the validity and enforceability of the patents in suit.
  • Kobayashi Ventures, LLC. V. PT Papertech, Inc.: Counsel for Papertech in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Virginia (successfully transferred to the Southern District of New York). The lawsuit involved a number of patents relating to web vision event capturing technology used in the pulp and paper industry. Successfully settled the lawsuit after challenging the validity and enforceability of the patents in suit.°
  • Counsel for industry leader in the baby products industry defending against a patent lawsuit filed by a major competitor in the Central District of California. The lawsuit involved a design patent relating to playards. Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of our client.°
  • Counsel for industry leader in the baby products industry defending against a patent lawsuit filed by a major competitor in the International Trade Commission. The ITC Proceeding involved five patents relating to baby strollers and playards. Obtained a favorable settlement based upon a series of summary judgment motions filed challenging the validity of the patents at issue.°
  • Counsel for industry leader in the baby products industry defending against a patent lawsuit filed by a competitor in the Central District of California. The lawsuit involved two patents relating to baby strollers. Prevailed on a series of summary judgment motions resulting in both patent at issue being declared invalid.°

  • Too Faced Cosmetics, LLC v. Almar Sales, Inc.: Counsel for Too Faced Cosmetics in a trademark and trade dress infringement lawsuit filed against a competitor in the Central District of California. The lawsuit involved key company products and trademarks.  Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the client.

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  • Counsel for industry leader in the food industry in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against a competitor in the Southern District of California. The lawsuit involved the company’s principal brand. Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of our client after the filing of a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction.
  • University of the South v. Education Management Corporation: Counsel for EDMC in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the University of the South in the Eastern District of Tennessee regarding the use of the mark South University. Damages at issue were estimated to be in excess of Sixty Million Dollars. Obtained a favorable settlement for EDMC after successfully defending a four day preliminary injunction hearing.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Taché prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, "IP Stars," 2013-2017
  • Listed,IAM magazine, "IAM Patent 1000," 2012-2017
    • Prosecution, 2012-2014
    • Litigation, 2015
  • Member, Medical Device Manufacturers Association
    • Patent and Compliance Working Groups
  • Former Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Orange County

Credentials

Education
  • LL.B., University of Windsor, 1989
  • J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1989
  • M.A., Sports Administration, Ohio State University, 1985
  • B.P.E., Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick, 1984
Admissions
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of Michigan
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California