Richard B. Biagi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Northfield, IL

Neal & McDevitt, LLC
1776 Ash Street
Northfield, IL 60093
Phone: 847-350-1257
Fax: 847-441-0911
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property (50%), Intellectual Property Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

Richard B. Biagi is an attorney at Neal & McDevitt, LLC, in Northfield, Illinois. Mr. Biagi concentrates his practice on intellectual property, advertising and marketing law. He has over 20 years of experience and represents clients in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois. He has considerable litigation experience and represents individuals and a diverse range of businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Biagi is recognized as a top intellectual property lawyer. He is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated though Martindale-Hubbell, and the World Trademark Review ranked him among the top lawyers for trademark enforcement and litigation several years in a row. Leading Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the International Trademark Association have presented him with awards.

Active in the intellectual property law community, Mr. Biagi holds leadership positions with the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law and the International Trademark Association. He belongs to the Illinois State Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Lawyers and performs pro bono work for several organizations. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Serving his local community, he is director of the Park Ridge Holiday Lights Fund and sits on the board of the Park Ridge-Niles School District 64. 

Mr. Biagi earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from DePaul College of Law. He also holds a certificate in negotiation from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. He is qualified to practice in Illinois and the District of Columbia and before various federal and appellate courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 

Practice Areas
  • 50%Intellectual Property
  • 50%Intellectual Property Litigation
Focus Areas

Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011

About Richard B. Biagi

Admitted: 2001, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.nealmcdevitt.com/rick-biagi/

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Challenge of Advertising – NAD v. Sanford Corporation, (NAD) (Counsel for Sanford Corporation)  
  • The Whitaker Corporation v. United Global W & C Inc., (Canada) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Challenge of Advertising – The Stanley Works v. American Saw & Manufacturing Co. d/b/a Lenox and Irwin Industrial Tool Company, (NAD) (Counsel for American Saw)
  • Challenge of Advertising – Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Solowave Design Corporation, (NAD) (Counsel for Rainbow)
  • The Whitaker Corporation v. Amp’d Mobile, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • The Whitaker Corporation v. Pepsico, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • The Whitaker Corporation v. Superconductor Technologies, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • The Whitaker Corporation v. Steve Marks, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • The Whitaker Corporation v. E-Net, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Universal Beauty, Inc. v. Summit Laboratories, Inc., (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty.) (Trade Secret Misappropriation) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • V&S Vin & Sprit AB v. Wild Pitch Records EMI, Inc., et al., (CD California) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution, Unfair Competition and Copyright Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Trustmark Insurance Company v. Principal Financial Services, Inc., (ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • Trus Joist Macmillan, L.P. v. Shaw Industries, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • Strong Industries, Inc. v. Jannic, Inc., (MD FL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Roll Rite Corporation v. Automated Integrated Systems, (USCA 6th Cir.) (Appeal) (Trade Dress Infringement) (Plaintiff-Appellant’s Counsel)
  • Snee Chemical Company v. The Butcher Company, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. v. Accuscan Health Imaging, LLC, (D. Utah) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution and Unfair Competition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • River West Brands, LLC v. Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc. (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • The Road Less Travelled, Inc. v. Consumer Products Design, Ltd., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition)
  • RE/MAX International, Inc. v. CBS Corporation, et. al., (D. Colo.) (Trademark Dilution, Defamation Resulting in Business Reputation Injury) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Robin Milford (WIPO – UDRP) (Counsel for Rainbow Play Systems, Inc.)
  • Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Spiral Matrix (WIPO – UDRP) (Counsel for Rainbow Play Systems, Inc.)
  • Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Poli-Tron, Inc., (USDC SD) (False Advertising) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. BIG Finance and Insurance, Inc., (S.D. Iowa) (Trademark infringement and unfair competition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Backyard Ventures Management, LLC, et. al., (USDC SD) (False Advertising) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Pioneer Kabushiki Kaisha v. Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Funding, (E.D. Wisc) (Trademark infringement and unfair competition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • BIG Finance and Insurance, Inc. v. Principal Financial Services, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Moniker Online Services, LLC, (WIPO – UDRP) (Domain Name Dispute) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Washington Mutual, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. HostMonster, Inc., (WIPO – UDRP) (Domain Name Dispute) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. MBNA America Bank, NA, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Construction Corp., (ND Ill.) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Richard Booy and Safe Financial Strategies LLC (ND IL) (Trademark Counterfeiting) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Real Estate, LLC (ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principals-Only, Inc. (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Lending, Inc. (D NJ) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Insurance Group, Inc., (SD FL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principle Capital Partners, LP and Principle Capital Management, LLC, (USDC SD FL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. OptimumPortfolio.com, LLC, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principle Equity, LLC, (SD TX) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. PFResources, LLC, (D NV) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Principal Capital Ltd., (ED NY) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Continental Properties Company, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. U.S. Nursing Corp., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. 1&1 Mail & Media, Inc., (USDC D. PA) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution and Unfair Competition)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Blair Russell, (WIPO – UDRP) (Domain Name Dispute)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. American Principle Bank, (CD Cal.) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • The North Face Apparel Corp. v. CWGS Group, LLC, et al., (D Del) (Trademark Infringement) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • Principal Financial Services, Inc. v. Izquierdo, (US DC ND IL) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution and Cybersquatting) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Persis International, Inc. and Edward Richards v. America Sejueng, Inc. ,et. al, (USDC ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiffs’ Counsel)
  • Persis International, Inc. and Edward Richards v. Burgett, Inc., (USDC ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiffs’ Counsel)
  • Pacific Rim Winemakers, Inc. v. Brutocao Vineyards, Inc., (WD Wa) (Declaratory Judgment – Trademark Infringement) (Counsel for Brutocao Vineyards)
  • JohnsonDiversey, Inc., et. al., v. Maxill, Inc., (Canada) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Midnight Cellars, Inc. v. Canandaigua Wine Company, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Land Rover v. Landrunner, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • JohnsonDiversey, Inc. v. SumaScrub, LLC, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Joe Menchaca d/b/a El Menchaca Restaurant v. Carolina Food Systems, Inc. and Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., (Court of Common Pleas, South Carolina) (Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition) (Defendants’ Counsel)
  • Jaguar Cars Limited v. Jag Auto Group, Inc., (ND Illinois) (Trademark Infringement, Dilution, Unfair competition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • FirstGroup America, Inc. v. School Bus Safety Company, et. al. (SD Ohio) (Copyright Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • HealthCalc.Net, Inc. v. Healthcare Quality Insights, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc. v. Joe Menchaca d/b/a/ El Menchaca Restaurant, (D South Carolina) (Declaratory Judgment – Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Fleetguard, Inc. v. Baldwin Filters, Inc., (ND Illinois) (Passing Off) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • DIRECTV, Inc. v. Skyvision, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Extended Stay America, Inc. v. Matrix Lodging, LLC, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • DIRECTV, Inc. and Hughes Electronics Corporation v. United Online, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiffs’ Counsel)
  • CKE Restaurants, Inc. v. Jack In The Box, Inc., (CD Cal.) (False advertising) (Plaintiff’s counsel)
  • CWI, Inc. v. S&S RV Centre, Inc., (ND IL) (Trademark Infringement) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Cornfields, Inc. v. Adeena Weiss, (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Opposer’s Counsel)
  • Columbia Insurance Company v. Midland International Tileworks, (TTAB) (Trademark Cancellation) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Candyland, Inc. v. Cornfields, Inc., (D. Minn.) (Trademark Infringement) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • The Butcher Company v. Ecolab, Inc., (TTAB) (Trademark Opposition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Aguila Records, Inc., et. al. v. Nueva Generacion Music Group, Inc., et. al. (USDC NDIL) (Trademark and copyright infringement) (Defendants’ Counsel)
  • Artland, Inc. v. Midnight Cellars, Inc., (USDC DNJ) (Declaratory Judgment) (Defendant’s Counsel)
  • American RV Centers, LLC v. American RV World LC, Inc. and Robert Maese, Sr., (USDC NM) (Unfair competition) (Plaintiff’s Counsel)
  • Aguila Records, Inc., v. Sergio Federico, et. al. (USDC NDIL) (Trademark and copyright infringement) (Defendants’ Counsel)
  • Academy Ltd. v. CWGS Group, LLC and Gander Outdoors, LLC, (SD TX) (Trademark and trade dress infringement) (Defendants’ Counsel)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Law Section – Spring Conference – Panel Moderator – The Dark Side of Knockoffs, 2018
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting; Presenter; Resurrecting Legacy Brands, 2012
  • International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Panel Presenter, Pro Bono Representation for Trademark Practitioners, 2013 
  • American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, Spring Conference; Panel Moderator; Jack and COLA – Top Ten Intellectual Property Myths with Wine & Spirits, 2012 
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office Entrepreneur Workshop – Catalyze Chicago – Panel Presenter, 2015
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting – Panel Moderator, Four Lanham Act Gold Records in 12 Months by the Supremes: You Keep Us Hang’n On, 2015
  • American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Law Section – Spring Conference – Panel Moderator – Expert Survey Evidence, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 Board, 2017 – Present
  • Alderman of Park Ridge’s 6th Ward, 2021
  • Park Ridge Park District Board of Commissioners, 2009 – 2017
  • Park Ridge Holiday Lights Fund, Director, 2016 – Present
  • Trinity Irish Dance Company, 2017
  • Park Ridge Park District Board of Commissioners, 2009 and 2013
  • AmeriFace; Bugles Across America; Active Transportation Alliance; Rainbow Hospice; Modern Gaelic Productions; Knights of Columbus; Modern Gaelic Productions; Life Meets Work; The Kalo Foundation; Turning Pointe Autism Foundation; PicDiversity; American Craft Spirits Association

Educational Background

  • B. Music, Trumpet Performance, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, 1992

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Executive Certificate in Negotiation - University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, 2008

Honors/Awards

  • Rick Biagi was the recipient of the 2012 INTA Volunteer Service Award for Pro Bono Services, 2012 Volunteer Service Award, International Trademark Association, 2012
  • Order of the Coif, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Cir., 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2001
  • United States Supreme Court, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Cir., 2005
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • District of Columbia, 2002
  • Illinois, 2001
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Chair - ABA-IPL Section; Trademark Litigation Committee Vice Chair - INTA; Pro Bono Committee

Industry Groups

  • ABA-IPL
  • INTA
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Office Location for Richard B. Biagi

1776 Ash Street
Northfield, IL 60093

Phone: 847-350-1257

Fax: 847-441-0911

Last Updated: 4/15/2021

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