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 IP, antitrust and other technologically intensive litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Mr Stark represents Qualcomm Incorporated in a number of US and international matters relating to Qualcomm’s patent licensing and modem chipset businesses. He recently represented Qualcomm in connection with IP, antitrust and contract actions brought by Apple on three continents, including the central action in California, which resulted in a global settlement resolving all litigation between the companies. The settlement included a payment from Apple to Qualcomm, as well as a six-year patent licence agreement and multiyear chipset supply agreement.

Mr Stark also represents in patent infringement litigation brought by Vivint related to’s interactive security and home automation technology, so far eliminating over 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 Prime software and dismissal of all Neon’s claims.

Mr Stark has been recognised as a leading IP practitioner by numerous publications, including The Legal 500 US, Benchmark Litigation and Lawdragon. Mr Stark serves as chair of the Committee on Intersection of IP and Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association (ABA) 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 ABA 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 the New York University School of Law in 1991 and an MS in computer science from Columbia University in 2014.

Professional associations

  • ABA
  • IBA

Sample client list

  • IBM
  • Qualcomm

Firm details

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

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