Rick Biagi, a Member of Neal & McDevitt, joined the firm shortly after its founding in 1998. Rick’s practice includes counseling clients in the areas of selection, adoption, use, and protection and enforcement of trademarks and domain names; anti-counterfeiting; the registration of trademarks and copyrights on a worldwide basis; licensing; and advertising and promotions law compliance. Rick has been ranked by the World Trademark Review to the WTR 1000 for trademark enforcement and litigation.
Rick represents a wide range of clients from small and mid-sized corporations to some of the most iconic brands. His clients include large multinational financial services institutions; national trade associations; national and international retailers and QSR’s; manufacturers of well-known consumer brand products, jewelry, food products, apparel, and alcohol beverages; and electronics and technology companies. Rick also proudly represents a number of local and national not-for-profit organizations in intellectual property matters on a pro bono basis.
Rick’s extensive litigation experience includes proceedings involving trademark, copyright, 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 also is an experienced mediator in the area of trademark law and has served as an expert witness in cases involving trademark law.
Rick holds several leadership positions within the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law Section (ABA-IPL) and is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics across the country. Rick currently serves as a member of the ABA-IPL Section’s Council and is recent Past-Chair of the Trademarks Division for the ABA-IPL Section. In addition, Rick previously served as the Chair of INTA’s Pro Bono Committee and a member of its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and now serves on INTA’s U.S. Legislation Subcommittee where he is engaged in the development of trademark legislation and policy on Capitol Hill and in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Actively involved in his community, Rick was twice elected in 2009 and 2013 to the Park Ridge Park District Board of Commissioners; in 2017, he was elected to the District 64 Park Ridge-Niles School Board where he served as the board’s President (2019-21) and Vice President (2017-19). Elected in April of 2021, Rick currently serves as Alderman of Park Ridge’s 6th Ward.
Rick is active in Chicago’s Italian-American business and civic community and is quite proud of his Northern Italian heritage. Rick and his wife, Susan, live in the Chicagoland area where they are raising their five children. When he’s not working or serving his community, you can most likely find Rick on a golf course, a school, sports or church event or wherever his family may be at that given moment.