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Richard B. Verner
Hellering Associates, Inc.
New York, NY
Rich is currently V.P. General Manager of Hellering Associates, Inc. Prior to joining Hellering Associates, he was a partner in the law firm of Laytin Verner LLP, and has served as partner and counsel with several other prominent firms. He has represented clients in a broad array of intellectual property matters, focusing his practice on trademark prosecution, enforcement and licensing. Rich has assisted clients with the full spectrum of brand management, protection, and revenue enhancement strategies, and has supervised worldwide trademark portfolios for a wide range of companies in the apparel, entertainment and media fields.
Rich also has actively participated in a variety of litigation outside the intellectual property arena, including asserting claims for breach of non-compete obligations under an employment agreement, defending claims of securities fraud and related violations against a director of a publicly-held company, and appealing an order of civil contempt, including daily fines and potential incarceration, to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Filing strategies for the protection of trademark rights: Advise clients worldwide on efficient and effective research and clearance of proposed trademarks.
Licensing/Due Diligence: Negotiating and drafting of licenses, assignments, distribution contracts and other business-development agreements. Conducting due diligence reviews and investigations of intellectual property assets in support of business transactions.
Asserting and defending various intellectual property claims: Successfully represented clients in addressing infringement of trademarks, copyrights and rights of publicity; breaches of license and distribution agreements; and misappropriation of trade secrets. Prevailed in contested UDRP proceeding to prevent use of domain name that infringed client’s primary trademark.
Worldwide anti-counterfeiting programs: Developed and implemented anti-counterfeiting programs for numerous clients in order to protect their valuable intellectual property rights. Successfully removed from the marketplace hundreds of thousands of counterfeit items utilizing both criminal and civil enforcement strategies.
Rich received his law degree from Villanova University and earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia.