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RICHARD B. BIAGI


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Member, Neal & McDevitt, LLC (1999 - Present) – Rick Biagi joined Neal & McDevitt as a law clerk in the summer of 1999 and was promoted to Associate in May 2001 and Member in January of 2007.  Rick’s practice includes counseling clients in the areas of selection, adoption, use and protection of trademarks and domain names, the registration of copyrights and trademarks on a worldwide basis, licensing, advertising and promotions law compliance. Rick’s extensive litigation experience includes proceedings involving intellectual property and advertising disputes before U.S. Federal Courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Rick holds several leadership positions within the International Trademark Association and the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law Section and is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics across the country.
 
Adjunct Professor of Law, DePaul University, College of Law (2006 – 2007) – Rick Biagi joined DePaul University, College of Law as an adjunct professor in the Fall of 2006 where he has taught a course entitled Advanced Trademarks.  Rick also continues to serve as a regular lecturer on trademark and advertising law for the Technology and Intellectual Property Legal Clinic at DePaul. 
 
Project Manager, Hewitt Associates, LLC (1996-1998) – Rick Biagi joined Hewitt as a Technology Analyst for a large scale electronic document imaging project. Rick was later promoted to Project Manager where his responsibilities included managing a project team for firm-wide document management solution, managing vendor selection, drafting requests for proposals, organizing training and designing internal workflows for software implementation.
 
Technology Consultant, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems (1992-1996) – Rick Biagi joined SBMS as an Account Executive managing small and medium-sized business accounts in the Chicago market. Rick was later promoted to Technology Consultant.  His responsibilities included providing technology consulting to large and medium sized business clients, negotiating vendor relationships, directing marketing of wireless data communications products and training corporate sales staff.
 
 

EDUCATIONAL DATA

 
Exec. Cert. in Negotiation, 2008, University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
J.D., 2001, magna cum laude, DePaul University College of Law
B.Music, 1992, University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign


BAR ADMISSIONS

Illinois (2001); District of Columbia (2002); United States Supreme Court (2006); U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Cir. (2005); U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Cir. (2010); U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2001): U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2011); U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2013); U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (2014)

  

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 
International Trademark Association:
- Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, Bench Memo Committee - 2001, 2002, 2003;
- National 2005; ADR Programs Subcommittee – 2004 - 2006;
- U.S. Legislation Subcommittee – 2006 - 2009;
- Madrid System Subcommittee - 2010 - 2012;
- Pro Bono Committee - 2012 - 2014; Vice Chair - 2014 - Present
 
American Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law Section:
- Chair, Trademark Litigation Committee - 2012 - Present
- Vice Chair, Trademark Litigation Committee - 2010 - 2012
- Editorial Board, Landslide (2013 - Present)
 
United States Patent and Trademark Office:
- Member, Trademark Outreach Working Group (2011 - 2013)
 
 
Member:
International Trademark Association (INTA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Brand Activation Association (BAA)
The Justinian Society of Lawyers
Order of the Coif            
The Wine Institute
Family Winemakers of California
Illinois Grape Growers and Vitners Association
 
Pro Bono:
AmeriFace
Bugles Across America
Active Transportation Alliance
Rainbow Hospice
The Theraplay Institute
Modern Gaelic Productions
Life Meets Work

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION 

 

- Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers(R) Rising Stars for 2010 and 2011, Intellectual Property Law

 

- Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers(R) for 2014, Intellectual Property Law

 

- Recipient of the 2012 International Trademark Association Volunteer Service Award For Pro Bono Services

 


RECENT LECTURES

2013 International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Panel Presenter, Pro Bono Representation for Trademark Practitioners

2012 American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, Spring Conference; Panel Moderator; Jack and COLA - Top Ten Intellectual Property Myths With Wine & Spirits 

2012 American Bar Association Annual Meeting; Presenter; Resurrecting Legacy Brands


PUBLIC OFFICE

 

Commissioner, Park Ridge Park District;

Treasurer (2009); Vice President (2010-11); President (2012-2014)

 

Elected in the April 7, 2009 Cook County General Election for the term of 2009 - 2013; Re-elected in the April 9, 2013 Cook County Consolidated Election for the term of 2013 - 2017.

 

 

LAW REVIEW ARTICLES

 
The Intersection of First Amendment Commercial Speech Analysis and the Federal Trademark Dilution Act: A Jurisprudential Roadmap, International Trademark Association, The Trademark Reporter, July-August 2001, Vol. 91, No. 4., page 867.
 
  

REPRESENTATIVE CASES AND TRIALS

 
Aguila Records, Inc., et. al. v. Nueva Generacion Music Group, Inc., et. al. (USDC NDIL) (Trademark and copyright infringement) (Defendants' Counsel)
 
Aguila Records, Inc., v. Sergio Federico, et. al. (USDC NDIL) (Trademark and copyright infringement) (Defendants' Counsel)
 
American RV Centers, LLC v. American RV World LC, Inc. and Robert Maese, Sr., (USDC NM) (Unfair competition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Artland, Inc. v. Midnight Cellars, Inc., (USDC DNJ) (Declaratory Judgment) (Defendant's Counsel) 
 
The Butcher Company v. Ecolab, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
CKE Restaurants, Inc. v. Jack In The Box, Inc., (CD Cal.) (False advertising) (Plaintiff’s counsel)
 
Columbia Insurance Company v. Midland International Tileworks, (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Cornfields, Inc. v. Adeena Weiss, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Opposer's Counsel)
 
CWI, Inc. v. S&S RV Centre, Inc., (ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
DIRECTV, Inc. and Hughes Electronics Corporation v. United Online, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiffs’ Counsel)
 
DIRECTV, Inc. v. Skyvision, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Extended Stay America, Inc. v. Matrix Lodging, LLC, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Defendant's Counsel)
  
FirstGroup America, Inc. v. School Bus Safety Company, et. al. (SD Ohio) (Copyright Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Fleetguard, Inc. v. Baldwin Filters, Inc., (ND Illinois) (Passing Off) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Hardee's Food Systems, Inc. v. Joe Menchaca d/b/a/ El Menchaca Restaurant, (D South Carolina) (Declaratory Judgment - Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
HealthCalc.Net, Inc. v. Healthcare Quality Insights, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Defendant's Counsel)
 
Jaguar Cars Limited v. Jag Auto Group, Inc., (ND Illinois) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution, Unfair competition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Joe Menchaca d/b/a El Menchaca Restaurant v. Carolina Food Systems, Inc. and Hardee's Food Systems, Inc., (Court of Common Pleas, South Carolina) (Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition) (Defendants’ Counsel)
 
JohnsonDiversey, Inc., et. al., v. Maxill, Inc., (Canada) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
JohnsonDiversey, Inc. v. SumaScrub, LLC, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Land Rover v. Landrunner, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Midnight Cellars, Inc. v. Canandaigua Wine Company, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Pacific Rim Winemakers, Inc. v. Brutocao Vineyards, Inc., (WD Wa) (Declaratory Judgment - Trademark Infringement) (Counsel for Brutocao Vineyards)
 
Persis International, Inc. and Edward Richards v. Burgett, Inc., (USDC ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiffs' Counsel)
 
Persis International, Inc. and Edward Richards v. America Sejueng, Inc. ,et. al, (USDC ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiffs' Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Izquierdo, (US DC ND IL) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution and Cybersquatting) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. American Principle Bank
, (CD Cal.) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Blair Russell, (WIPO - UDRP) (Domain Name Dispute)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. U.S. Nursing Corp., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Continental Properties Company, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. OptimumPortfolio.com, LLC, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. PFResources, LLC, (D NV) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principle Equity, LLC, (SD TX) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principle Capital Partners, LP and Principle Capital Management, LLC, (USDC SD FL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Construction Corp., (ND Ill.) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Principal Fiancial Services, Inc. v. Principal Insurance Group, Inc., (SD FL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Lending, Inc. (D NJ) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principals-Only, Inc. (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Real Estate, LLC (ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. MBNA America Bank, NA, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Washington Mutual, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. HostMonster, Inc., (WIPO - UDRP) (Domain Name Dispute)(Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Moniker Online Services, LLC, (WIPO - UDRP) (Domain Name Dispute)(Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
BIG Finance and Insurance, Inc. v. Principal Financial Services, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Defendant’s Counsel)
 
Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. BIG Finance and Insurance, Inc., (S.D. Iowa) (Trademark infringement and unfair competition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)

Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Funding, (E.D. Wisc) (Trademark infringement and unfair competition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Pioneer Kabushiki Kaisha v. Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Defendant's Counsel)
 
Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Backyard Ventures Management, LLC, et. al., (USDC SD) (False Advertising) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Poli-Tron, Inc., (USDC SD) (False Advertising) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Spiral Matrix (WIPO - UDRP) (Counsel for Rainbow Play Systems, Inc.)
 
Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Robin Milford (WIPO - UDRP) (Counsel for Rainbow Play Systems, Inc.)
 
RE/MAX International, Inc. v. CBS Corporation, et. al., (D. Colo.) (Trademark Dilution, Defamation Resulting In Business Reputation Injury) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
The Road Less Traveled, Inc. v. Consumer Products Design, Ltd., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition)
 
Roll Rite Corporation v. Automated Integrated Systems, (USCA 6th Cir.) (Appeal) (Trade Dress Infringement) (Plaintiff-Appellant’s Counsel)
 
River West Brands, LLC v. Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc. (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Defendant’s Counsel)
 
Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. v. Accuscan Health Imaging, LLC, (D. Utah) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution and Unfair Competition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Snee Chemical Company v. The Butcher Company, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Defendant's Counsel)
 
Strong Industries, Inc. v. Jannic, Inc., (MD FL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plainitff's Counsel)
 
Trus Joist Macmillan, L.P. v. Shaw Industries, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Defendant's Counsel)
 
Trustmark Insurance Company v. Principal Financial Services, Inc., (ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Defendant's Counsel)
  
V&S Vin & Sprit AB v. Wild Pitch Records EMI, Inc., et al., (CD California) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution, Unfair Competition and Copyright Infringement) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
Universal Beauty, Inc. v. Summit Laboratories, Inc., (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty.) (Trade Secret Misappropriation) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
The Whitaker Corporation v. E-Net, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
The Whitaker Corporation v. Steve Marks, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
The Whitaker Corporation v. Pepsico, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff's Counsel)
 
The Whitaker Corporation v. Superconductor Technologies, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
The Whitaker Corporation v. Amp’d Mobile, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
The Whitaker Corporation v. United Global W & C Inc., (Canada) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
 
Challenge of Advertising - Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Solowave Design Corporation, (NAD) (Counsel for Rainbow)
 
Challenge of Advertising – The Stanley Works v. American Saw & Manufacturing Co. d/b/a Lenox and Irwin Industrial Tool Company, (NAD) (Counsel for American Saw)
 
Challenge of Advertising – NAD v. Sanford Corporation, (NAD) (Counsel for Sanford Corporation)

 
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