Richard de Bodo


Munck Wilson Mandala LLP
1925 Century Park E.
Suite 2300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Tel: 310-601-1116


Rich de Bodo is a partner in the intellectual property/technology and business/complex litigation groups of Munck Wilson Mandala. Rich serves as lead trial counsel in high-stakes, cutting-edge cases for the world’s leading pharmaceutical, technology, and life sciences companies and other prominent businesses, as well as for individuals, early-stage companies, and small businesses.

Rich is consistently ranked as one of the best intellectual property, patent, and life sciences lawyers in the US. He has successfully litigated Hatch-Waxman cases and Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) cases for leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies throughout the world, and he has won bet-the company patent infringement and inventorship cases, trade secrets cases, Lanham Act, trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition cases, and post-grant challenges to patents before the PTAB for companies in a wide range of technologies. Rich was recently named as the General Patent Litigator of the Year for California. As one general counsel stated, “Rich is the person you need when you’re faced with highly complicated IP legal matters that involve many variables.”

Rich has been repeatedly selected as one of the top trial lawyers in California. He is known for his tireless and forceful advocacy on behalf of his clients, his painstaking preparation and attention to detail, his boundless energy, his ability to develop and collaborate with strong teams of lawyers, and his creative problem-solving. Rich has won significant victories for companies, organizations, and individuals in federal and state courts throughout the US, multiple appellate courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the US Patent Office, arbitrations, and other forums. According to Chambers USA, “When the stakes are high, Rich is the only person I’d go to. He gets the job done in a measured and calm manner.”

Prior to joining MWM, Rich served as chair of the intellectual property, patent litigation, and life sciences practices at several leading global law firms.

Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Life Sciences Companies
  • Won trial for pharmaceutical company in high-stakes Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving client’s best-selling anesthetic drug and obtained a permanent injunction blocking market entry by competitor on all three asserted patents;
  • Successfully obtained freedom to operate for biopharmaceutical company in high-stakes inventorship litigation over 37 US and international patents concerning peptide therapies that stimulate red blood cell formation;
  • Won trial court and Federal Circuit victories and obtained a permanent injunction for leading pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman patent case involving billion-dollar anti-ulcer, heartburn, and acid reflux drug;
  • Successfully assisted biosimilar manufacturer in invalidating key blocking patents, overcoming multiple barriers to entry, navigating the BPCIA, and launching major biosimilar antibody product several years ahead of schedule;
  • Won multiple summary judgments of noninfringement for leading pharmaceutical company in patent lawsuit targeted at its billion-dollar cancer drug and its international cancer research program;
  • Successfully represented biopharmaceutical company in asserting its crown-jewel patents relating to humanized antibodies and obtained lucrative licenses from market-leading pharm company for four blockbuster biologic drugs;
  • Successfully represented leading pharmaceutical company in high-stakes patent infringement case involving drug for severe sepsis and challenges to the company’s conduct in clinical trials and the FDA approval process;
  • Successfully represented leading pharmaceutical company in patent and antitrust lawsuit and defeated challenges to company’s crown-jewel patents covering its blockbuster AIDS therapies;
  • Successfully represented leading biotechnology company in multiple bet-the-company patent cases defending and asserting its market-leading technologies involving DNA microarrays and DNA sequencing;
  • Won district court and Federal Circuit victories for a vaccine company in a patent case that resulted in a significant Federal Circuit decision on inventorship and university ownership of patents;
  • Successfully represented biotechnology company in high-stakes patent case and preserved freedom to operate for its market-leading diagnostic test and immunoassay technology;
Technology and Software Companies
  • Won summary judgment of noninfringement and Federal Circuit appeal in high-stakes patent infringement case involving launch of major new Internet search technology;
  • Won summary judgment in district court, summary determination at the ITC, and Federal Circuit appeal in bet-the-company case that resulted in a landmark Federal Circuit ruling on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act;
  • Won summary judgment of noninfringement in two patent infringement cases involving company’s market-leading photographic-quality printers and inks;
  • Won summary judgment of noninfringement in high-stakes patent infringement case involving digital cameras and camcorders;
  • Successfully represented leading decontamination and disinfection company in cutting-edge patent and trademark litigation, validated company’s patented technology, and secured and strengthened its market-leading brand;
  • Successfully represented leading semiconductor company in high-stakes trade secrets and employee solicitation case involving semiconductors that perform RF turning and transceiving and defeated preliminary injunction motion brought by a leading competitor;
  • Won trial and obtained a $120 million jury verdict and worldwide injunction in a patent and trade secrets case involving complex computer software.
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2018
  • Chambers and Partners USA, Outstanding Lawyer in Intellectual Property 2009-2018
  • Chambers and Partners USA, Outstanding Lawyer in Life Sciences 2009-2018
  • Benchmark Litigation, Outstanding Lawyer in Intellectual Property and Life Sciences, 2015-2018
  • The Legal 500 US, Outstanding Lawyer in Healthcare – Life Sciences, 2015-2018
  • Daily Journal, Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2010-2018
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Patent Star 2012-2018
  • LMG Life Sciences, Life Sciences Star: Intellectual Property, 2012-2018
  • Super Lawyers, Outstanding Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney, 2005-2022
  • Who’s Who Legal, Outstanding Life Sciences Attorney, 2015-2018
  • Euromoney/LMG Life Sciences, Awarded General Patent Litigator of the Year – California, 2016
  • Global Health and Pharma, Awarded:Best Firm for Biologic Drug Litigations – California, 2016-2017
  • Managing Intellectual Property, Finalist for Outstanding IP Litigator Award, 2016
  • Euromoney/LMG Life Sciences Finalist for General Patent Litigator of the Year – California, 2017
  • Native American Rights Fund, Recognized and honored for pro bono work, 2016
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Selected as a Fellow
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Litigation Section — Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section Annual Conference
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Instructor on Trial Advocacy and Trial Strategy
  • Hastings College of Advocacy, Instructor on Trial Advocacy and Trial Strategy
  • Judicial Clerk, US Court of Appeals and US District Court

Munck Wilson Mandala counsels clients around the world in IP matters, including the registration of trademarks and copyright, the prosecution of patent applications, the protection of trade secrets and high-stakes patent litigation. As ideas and innovations develop, our attorneys provide strategic patent and trademark counsel.

Munck Wilson Mandala’s highly regarded trademark team includes several lawyers with more than 30 years of representing clients in world markets. We maintain more than 10,000 active trademarks and our professionals have built an extensive global network of trademark professionals, representing clients around the globe. Our trademark lawyers work closely with our trial lawyers and litigators both to enforce your marks and to defend you against infringement claims. Our team has extensive experience handling trademark, trade dress and domain name disputes.

Munck Wilson Mandala is a technology-focused law firm with offices in Dallas, Austin, Houston, Marshall, Los Angeles and Miami. Listed as an Inc. Best Workplace in 2020 by Inc. Magazine, the firm offers full-service counsel in the areas of IP litigation, complex commercial litigation, IP portfolio development, corporate transactions and securities, real estate and employment law among several other practices. Munck Wilson Mandala represents clients from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.

Recognised as one of the nation’s leading technology-focused law firms, our attorneys have established a substantial track record of handling complex legal matters in courtrooms and boardrooms around the world. Many of our attorneys hold engineering degrees and have worked as technologists and engineers themselves, providing clients with an uncommon level of expertise.

Munck Wilson Mandala has helped inventors, entrepreneurs and garage start-ups turn their ideas into cutting-edge new technologies, consumer products, electronic games and more. We take pride in our ability to help you dream big and we have the skills to protect you through every phase of business development.

We represent clients in nearly every sector of the global economy and have the capacity to meet the diverse needs of technology-driven companies all over the world, offering sophisticated transactional practices to assist clients as they grow and evolve globally. Clients rely on our teams for sophisticated legal advice on complex transactions, technology matters and cutting-edge litigation.