Richard E. Parke


Richard Parke is a seasoned intellectual property litigator and counselor. His practice includes litigating complex intellectual property cases, counseling clients on intellectual property procurement and enforcement, negotiating licenses and other agreements, preparing intellectual property opinions, and conducting due diligence for corporate transactions. He also advises clients on data privacy compliance and related issues. 

Richard has litigated patent and trademark cases in a myriad of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals (e.g., Hatch-Waxman litigations for Boniva® and Actonel®), medical devices, semiconductor fabrication, industrial equipment, telecommunications, data encryption, assay methods, food chemistry (human and animal), and consumer products. His experience covers all aspects of intellectual property litigation, from pre-trial investigation through appeal, and entails appearing and arguing in a variety of forums, from federal courts to administrative tribunals to alternative dispute resolution panels. These activities have resulted in trial and appellate victories, as well as wins at the summary judgment, preliminary injunction, and initial pleading stages. Richard has also negotiated favorable settlements for clients.

Before co-founding Lief Parke, Richard was a partner at a major New York intellectual property law firm for over fifteen years and an attorney at other prestigious firms. He has held leadership positions in bar associations, most notably serving on the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s Board of Directors after chairing the Continuing Legal Education Committee. 

Before law school, Richard served as a combat arms officer in the United States Army. During law school, he transferred to the United States Army Reserve and served five more years, which included recall to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm. He attained the rank of Captain.

Richard remains involved with military- and veterans-related causes. At a previous firm, he spearheaded participation in the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium, which resulted in positive outcomes for veterans seeking their rightful benefits. Currently, he is President of the West Point Society of New York and an officer in the West Point Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. Finally, Richard counsels and assists young men and women interested in attending service academies or applying for ROTC scholarships.

For the past seven years, Richard has been named a New York Super Lawyer® for Intellectual Property Litigation.


New York Law School
JD, 1990
Exec. Notes & Comments Editor, NYLS J. Int’l & Comp. Law
Intern for the Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise, U.S.D.J. (D.N.J.)

United States Military Academy at
West Point
BS, 1984


New York
New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Courts:
  Southern District of New York
  Eastern District of New York
  Northern District of New York
  District of New Jersey  
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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