Richard D. Harris: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Richard D. Harris

Shareholder; Co-Chair, Chicago Intellectual Property & Technology Practice; Co-Chair, Global Patent Litigation Group
Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • International Trade Commission's Section 337 Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 312.456.6610
Fax: 312.456.8435
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, B.A., Economics, 1971; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Mechanical-Industrial Engineering, B.S., Engineering, 1971
Law SchoolDePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1975
Admitted1975, Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
•Member, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
•Event sponsor/fundraiser, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
•Fundraiser, American Cancer Society
•Fundraiser, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
•Former Vice-Chairman, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Section

BornChicago, Illinois, September 26, 1948

Richard D. Harris is Co-Chair of the Chicago Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and the firm's Global Patent Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on U.S. and foreign patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters, with particular emphasis on litigation. His practice remains actively involved with patent and trademark prosecution and intellectual property-related transactional projects.

Areas of Concentration

•Patent and trademark litigation
•Prosecution (acquisition) of patents and trademarks from the United States Patent and Trademark Office
•Patent interpretation towards avoidance and design-around
•Intellectual property portfolio evaluation
•Intellectual property mediation and arbitration
•Federal Court-appointed technical expert/mediator
•Expert witness in patent and trademark matters
•Development of transactional relationships concerning intellectual property rights

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property; Patent Law, 2013-2016
•Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2004-2016
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2015
•Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, IP Stars, 2013-2014
•Listed, IAM magazine, The IAM Patent 1000, Litigation, 2012-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2015
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

09.17.15 Greenberg Traurig Honored at Daily Business Review's Florida Verdicts Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
06.03.15 Fourteen Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys and Five Practices Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
01.13.15 63 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers
06.23.14 Greenberg Traurig's Global Patent Litigation and Prosecution Practices Recognized by IAM Patent 1000
06.10.14 Managing IP Magazine Recognizes 27 Attorneys in Greenberg Traurig's Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice as 'IP Stars'
09.06.13 18 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
06.03.13 Greenberg Traurig's Global Patent Litigation and Prosecution Practices Recognized by IAM Patent 1000
05.03.13 24 Attorneys in Greenberg Traurig's Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Recognized as IP Stars by Managing IP Magazine
01.11.13 Forty-Five Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois


06.28.10 The Supreme Court Has Issued Its Opinion in Bilski v. Kappos: Many Questions Have Been Answered But Many More Remain

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Author-Editor, The Entrepreneur's Trademark Guide, The Chicago Bar Association, 1979


•Lecturer, United States Small Business Administration
•Lecturer, The Art Institute of Chicago
•Lecturer, The Chicago Bar Association
•Lecturer, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
•Lecturer, National Association of Corporate Counsel


•Speaker, Terrific! You're Mired Down In An Ugly Patent Dispute...Now What? PricewaterhouseCoopers' General Counsel Forum, October 2006

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Lead counsel in a number of cases over the last three decades that have had impact on national intellectual property issues. The seminal case before the United States International Trade Commission, In Re Certain Novelty Glasses , established the criteria for the federal exclusion of infringing, foreign-made articles from U.S. Ports of Entry. Action Repair, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. set the standards for reasonable innocent construction in commercial defamation actions. Richard was also lead counsel in Golden Valley Microwave Foods Inc. v. Weaver Popcorn Co., Inc. , which serves as an encyclopedia on the commission of fraud before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as in Custom Accessories, Inc. v. Jeffrey-Allan Industries, Inc. , a hallmark CAFC decision on the issues of patent novelty, non-obviousness and the effects of re-examination. In Bard V. M3 Systems , for the first time in decades, a jury verdict of anti-trust damages against a patent-enforcing plaintiff was upheld by the CAFC. Several of Richard's other cases have involved the invalidation, unenforceability and non-infringement of high-profile patents. National Diamond Syndicate v. Kuwayama, a design patent on a gemstone design, was determined to be invalid and not infringed, as was a chemical process patent in Atofina v. Great Lakes Chemical Corporation . Each of the patents in these two recent cases was, likewise, deemed unenforceable as having been obtained by the respective patent holders through the commission of inequitable conduct before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In Sears v. Target , he halted the sale of a look-alike electronic leveling tool through issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order. He has likewise participated in European Patent Office litigation in Munich, Germany. Federal court-appointed expert/mediator settling United Technologies Automotive Inc. V. Pontiac Coil, Inc. and Chrysler Corp. V. Franklin Mint. Cases profiled in The Wall Street Journal , The American Lawyer , as well as on network television. Publicly held clients are involved in fiber containers, OEM automotive components, developmental toys for infants, traffic signaling equipment, orthopedic implants and chemical flame retardants, amongst other varied areas of technology.

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Richard D. Harris

77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
ChicagoIL 60601


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