Richard J Stark

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Richard J Stark is a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s litigation department. His practice emphasises intellectual property, antitrust and other technologically intensive litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Mr Stark is currently representing Qualcomm Incorporated in a number of US and international matters relating to Qualcomm’s patent licensing and modem chipset businesses, including in litigation filed by Apple. He recently advised Qualcomm in connection with patent infringement and competition litigations in China against Meizu.

Mr Stark is also representing in patent infringement litigation brought by Vivint related to’s interactive security and home automation technology, so far eliminating more than 100 claims with respect to five of Vivint’s patents in PTAB decisions, which have been affirmed by the Federal Circuit.

Mr Stark served as lead counsel for IBM in a case brought against Neon Enterprise Software in federal court in Austin, Texas, involving antitrust, licensing, business torts and copyright claims. IBM won a permanent injunction against Neon’s zPrime software and Neon’s claims were dismissed. Mr Stark also served as co-lead counsel for plaintiff Sanofi in the enforcement of the patent on the active ingredient in Plavix, securing a final judgment of $442 million and a permanent injunction.

Mr Stark has been recognised as a leading IP practitioner by numerous professional publications, including The Legal 500, Lawdragon and the Leaders League Innovation – Technology & Intellectual Property Report. Mr Stark serves as chair of the Committee on Intersection of IP and Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law and chair of the Antitrust Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has also served as co-chair of the 101 Subcommittee of the American Bar Association IP Law Section’s Patent Litigation Committee.

Mr Stark received an AB from Harvard College in 1986, with a dual concentration in government and computer science, a JD from New York University School of Law in 1991 and an MS in computer science from Columbia University in 2014.

Professional associations

  • ABA
  • IBA

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Worldwide Plaza
825 Eighth Avenue
22nd Floor
New York NY 10019
United States

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