Richard D. Fladung
Richard (Rick) D. Fladung has over 40 years of experience in representing clients in complex lawsuits and disputes for patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret litigation while obtaining and maintaining intellectual property portfolios across many industries such as automotive, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, transportation, logistics, energy, maritime, fenestration, and education.
In particular, Rick has represented offshore and onshore energy clients in protecting their ideas (patents), brands (trademarks), expression of ideas (copyrights) and trade secrets. While he has represented clients in the offshore rig and associated equipment industry for decades in obtaining, maintaining, and enforcing Intellectual Property and Technology rights, more recently, Rick has represented clients in obtaining worldwide patent and trademark rights on systems and methods for the offshore wind industry.
Rick prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark applications and has been lead counsel in patent re-examination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also provides opinions to and counsels clients on technology matters.
Prior to joining Clark Hill, Rick was an equity partner in the intellectual property section of an AMLaw 50 international law firm and a stockholder in the Houston intellectual property law firm of Pravel, Hewitt & Kimball, P.C., one of the largest intellectual property boutiques in the southwest during the 1980s-1990s. During law school, Rick served as a legal aide to the Speaker of the House in the Kansas State Capitol. Before attending law school, Rick acquired engineering experience with a major international consulting engineering firm, which included travel to the Middle East.
Named among The Best Lawyers in America – Patent Litigation by Best Lawyers (2017-2021)
Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by Martindale-Hubbell (1985-2023)
Texas Top Lawyers (2013, 2016-2023)
Listed Among “Who’s Who in Energy” by American Cities Journals (2012-2013)
Named among “Who’s Who in the America” 2019-2023 Edition
American Bar Association, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, former Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Division
Houston Bar Association, Ex-Officio, Board of Directors
Houston Young Lawyers Association, Past President
Texas Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Houston Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Life Fellow
American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA), Member (1983 – present), Active member of various committees, Frequent speaker at national meetings
International Trademark Association (INTA), Member
The University of Kansas, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering “CEAE” Advisory Board