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Richard L. Rainey

Richard L. Rainey

Covington & Burling LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Richard L. Rainey

Richard Rainey is an intellectual property trial and appellate litigator who has resolved a wide range of matters, including patent infringement cases, trade secret disputes, and cybersecurity threats, in diverse technological areas across many industries. Mr. Rainey, a registered patent attorney, also has substantial experience in matters before various patent offices around the world, including various pre- and post-grant proceedings. His practice includes intellectual property counseling, such as a strategic patent portfolio analysis, and patent prosecution.

Mr. Rainey recently rejoined the firm after serving for three and a half years in GE's renowned Corporate legal department as GE’s Global Chief IP Litigator and head of GE’s Intellectual Property Litigation Center of Excellence, which is responsible for all of GE's IP disputes. During his time with GE, Mr. Rainey oversaw GE's multi-jurisdictional patent dispute with one of its largest competitors, which included the largest patent jury verdict in GE's history. He also argued and won two Federal Circuit appeals in patent cases. In addition, Mr. Rainey investigated and litigated a number of cybersecurity matters for GE, including both civil and criminal actions. He routinely counseled GE’s diverse businesses on intellectual property strategy, which extended to supporting GE’s efforts on the policy front regarding various proposed reforms in intellectual property law at both the state and federal level.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Rainey has been lead counsel in a number of high profile patent infringement cases including cases before district courts (both bench and jury trials) and the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) under Section 337 (for both complainants and respondents). He has been involved in more than 50 appeals in patent cases to the Federal Circuit, prevailing in all but one of the substantial number of cases he has argued before that Court.

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