Richard W. Hoffmann

Rick’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright disputes. Rick has been the lead counsel in more than seventy intellectual property litigation matters in Federal Courts throughout the country and has conducted several Opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Rick’s practice also includes appellate work, having argued more than a dozen cases in front of Federal Courts of Appeals. In his litigation practice, Rick represents a diverse client base from Fortune 500 companies to individuals.

Rick helped lead the co-counsel team in the United States Supreme Court case of TrafFix Devices, Inc. v. Marketing Displays, Inc. In preparation for this case, working closely with now Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts. This case was decided in 2001 with a unanimous decision in favor of Reising’s client. (See TrafFix) Rick co-authored a friend-of-the-court brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court in support of the obviousness test.

In addition to his litigation experience, Rick has substantial experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical and chemical arts as well as the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications.

Rick has been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers for the years of 2006-2016 and has been named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness® magazine. Rick also received an AV®Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell.*

Rick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (with honor) from Michigan Technological University, where he was President of Phi Lambda Upsilon national honorary chemical society and a member of the Tau Beta Pi national honorary engineering society. Rick graduated from The Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law),Magna Cum Laude. Rick served on the Law Review as Note and Comment Editor. Rick has also served as president of the Saginaw Valley Patent Law Association, and as a council member to the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Rick is admitted to practice before Michigan, Federal and State Courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Sixth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Rick has also been admitted to practice in Federal Courts in nine states. Rick currently is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan, The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court.

* “AV®Preeminent™ is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.”

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