Richard V. Wells is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Mr. Wells has over 15 years of experience practicing intellectual property law with a focus in the patent area, including due diligence, prosecution, counseling and litigation. Prior to rejoining the Firm, Mr. Wells served as intellectual property counsel for WesternGeco, a subsidiary of Schlumberger, in Oslo, Norway. In that role, Mr. Wells managed a global patent portfolio of several hundred patents and routinely advised on competitive decision making with an intellectual property angle.
Representative Legal Matters
- Representing a streaming media company in defending against patent infringement claims in the District of New Jersey.
- Representing an electronics retailer in defending against patent infringement claims in the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Successfully asserted multiple patents for an oilfield services company in the Southern District of Texas - after a two week trial, obtained judgment of willful infringement of five patents and a permanent injunction.
- Successfully asserted inter partes review challenge resulting in a favorable settlement for a handset manufacturer.
- Successfully defended patent infringement claims brought against an electronics retailer at the International Trade Commission.
- Represented numerous entities in patent litigation actions in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Manage patent portfolios for numerous clients.
- Manage several patent due diligence matters for corporate transactions.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Federal Circuit Bar Association - Member
- State Bar of Texas - Member
- United States Patent and Trademark Office - Member
- District of Columbia~United States (2014)
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office~United States (2002)
- Texas~United States (2001)
- University of Houston Law Center (J.D. cum laude) (2001)
- University of Texas at Austin (B.S. Mechanical Engineering) (1998)
Author, "Avoiding the Pitfalls in Inter Partes Review in the United States," GRUR Int at 818, September 2015
Author, "Software Patents in the EU: A US Practitioner’s Perspective," e-commerce law & policy, vol. 6, issue 10, October 2004