Richard S. Wesorick, Partner
Phone: 216-621-2234, ext. 110
rwesorick@tarolli.com

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 U.S. and foreign patent applications, and on client counselling particularly in matters of patent strategy.  His primary area of patent practice is medical devices, but he also practices in other areas of the medical field such as biotechnology and imaging. Mr. Wesorick’s client base includes several Academic Medical Centers and several Universities from around the U.S.  In addition, he is very active is working with start-up companies and advising them through early stage investment and commercialization.  Mr. Wesorick is experienced in the preparation of patentability, infringement and validity opinions, including conducting searches for each of these types of opinions.  Finally, Mr. Wesorick also engages in drafting and negotiating licenses for his some of his clients. 

In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, Mr. Wesorick is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and commercialization topics for his clients, for local universities, and for local and national organizations such as the Association of University Technology Managers, the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, the Cleveland Bar Association, the Society of Vascular Surgeons, the Cardiovascular Innovation Summit, Bio-Ohio, I-Corps, and the annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit.  Mr. Wesorick is also adjunct faculty at the Case Western University School of Law, where he instructs law students in the Intellectual Property Law Venture Clinic to assist undergraduate student inventors/entrepreneurs in IP protection and commercialization.

Mr. Wesorick graduated from Purdue University in 1988 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Before entering law school at the University of Dayton in 1992, Mr. Wesorick worked as an engineer with G.E. Aircraft Engines, during which time he became an inventor of a U.S. Patent (No. 5,178,003). He has practiced intellectual property law with the Tarolli firm since 1995, and became Managing Partner in 2006.

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

Admissions
•    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-
present
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

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