Richard S. Wesorick, Partner

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Richard S. Wesorick, Partner
Phone: 216-621-2234, ext. 110

Practice Areas
• Mechanical and biomedical patents • Patentability, infringement and validity opinions • Drafting and negotiating licenses • Trademark preparation and prosecution • Counseling on intellectual property matters

Mr. Wesorick’s practice is focused on drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications in the mechanical and biomedical devices for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individual inventors.  This focus extends to international patent procurement and prosecution, as he has substantial experience working with PCT applications in both the International and National Phases.  In addition, Mr. Wesorick is experienced in the preparation of patentability, infringement and validity opinions, including conducting searches for each of these types of opinions.  Mr. Wesorick is also active in drafting and negotiating licenses for his clients.  Further, Mr. Wesorick handles trademark applications and prosecution for several of the firm’s clients. 

In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, Mr. Wesorick functions as part-time in-house patent counsel for a large non-profit academic medical center.  In this role, Mr. Wesorick advises management and licensing personnel on patent strategy, counsels inventors and researchers on patent matters, conducts educational seminars on intellectual property, leads the invention review committee in evaluating new inventions, and reviews and prepares intellectual property licenses.

Before entering law school in 1992, Mr. Wesorick worked for four years as an engineer with G.E. Aircraft Engines, during which time he became an inventor of a U.S. Patent (No. 5,178,003).

•    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1988
•    J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 1995

•    State of Ohio, 1995
•    Registered before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1995
•    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1995
•    U.S. District (Northern District of Ohio), 1998

Professional Affiliations
•    American Intellectual Property Law Association
•    Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, Vice-President 2014-2015
•    Licensing Executives Society
•    Association of University Technology Managers
•    International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
•    Adjunct Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland OH, 2013-
Editorial Board, Medical Design Magazine, 2012-present
•    Open Doors Academy, Board Member

Speaking Engagements
•    “I Have A Great Idea – Now What?”, June 2014, Society of Vascular Surgeons Annual Meeting, Boston MA
•    “Strategic IP Management”, October 2012, FUSION Program, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland OH
•    “Academic Technology Transfer Offices and the Role of Corporations”, February 2012, Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, Cleveland OH
•    “On the Cutting Edge of an Industry in Transition: Medical Device Commercialization and Licensing”, February 2011, AUTM Annual Meeting, Las Vegas NV
•    “Intellectual Property Primer for the Healthcare Innovator”, December 2010, Cleveland Clinic Inventors Forum, Cleveland OH
•    “Capitalizing on Healthcare Innovation”, December 2010, Inovia webinar
•    “Gene Patents:  a good or bad diagnosis for U.S. health care?”, November 2010 Cleveland Bar Association Speaker Series, Cleveland OH
•    “Fundamentals of Intellectual Property”, April 2010, Cleveland Clinic Academy, Cleveland OH
•    “Medical Device Industry Trends and Their Significance to Technology Transfer Professionals”, July 2010, AUTM Central Region Meeting, Memphis TN
•    “Medical Device IP: Successful Calls from the IP Playbook”, February 2010, BioOhio Meeting, Columbus OH

•    2006 Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Star
•    2005 Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Star