Richard M. Assmus: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Richard M. Assmus

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 8623

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Counseling & Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Transactions
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Social Media Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 8623
Fax: 312 706 9125
University The University of Chicago, B.S., Mathematics, 1995
Law SchoolThe University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1998
Admitted1998, Illinois; 1998, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 1999, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; 2000, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 2004, District of Columbia; 2009, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Member, Board of Directors of Lawyers for the Creative Arts (2014 to present)

Member, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) Board, 2007-present

Richard Linn American Inn of Court

International Trademark Association


Richard Assmus has a balanced intellectual property litigation and transactional practice. He is also closely involved in intellectual property due diligence, trademark prosecution and monitoring, copyright counseling, and advertising counseling. Richard utilizes his background in science and mathematics in connection with complex patent litigation and technology matters.

Richard's dispute resolution experience includes patent litigation, trademark litigation in federal courts and before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, copyright litigation in federal courts and before the Copyright Royalty Board, state court trade secrets litigation, and domain name litigation under the federal anti-cybersquatting act and the UDRP. He also has significant experience advising clients regarding trademark availability; procurement and protection; trademark watch services, including Internet enforcement strategies; copyright protection, registration and enforcement; and negotiating the purchase of domain names. There is a strong proactive emphasis in Richard's practice, as he helps clients anticipate contractual risks, protect trade secrets through confidentiality agreements, evaluate advertisements for potential liability for false or misleading representations, and prepare effective licensing and other technology transfer agreements.

Richard also advises on professional responsibility matters, with a focus on legal conflict issues related to intellectual property matters in Mayer Brown's offices worldwide.


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Uncertainty in the Trademark World in the Wake of B&B Hardware
Michael D. Adams,Richard M. Assmus, March 26, 2015
The US Supreme Court’s March 24, 2015, ruling in B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. will almost certainly change the use and importance of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings, but there are many open questions about how significant the impact of the Supreme...

California Approves Consumer Law Protecting Right to Leave Negative Online Reviews
Richard M. Assmus,Maximillian L. Del Rey,John Nadolenco, November 8, 2014
User-driven websites, where users are able to leave feedback about products or businesses, have increasingly become the backdrop for disputes over the non-disparagement clauses used to shield businesses from critical online reviews. Companies use these clauses to create penalties for consumers who...
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Richard M. Assmus

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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