Richard D. Fladung

SERVICE AREAS

Intellectual Property
Energy Oil & Gas
Manufacturing
Retail

EDUCATION

  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • The University of Kansas, B.S.C.E, 1976; MBA (not completed)

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Indiana
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

 

SUPPORT STAFF

Sharon Ditch
Legal Administrative Assistant
T: 713.951.5651
E: sharon.ditch@strasburger.com

Richard D. Fladung

Partner

909 Fannin Street
Suite 2300
Houston, TX 77010
T: 713.951.5626
F: 832.397.3520
E: richard.fladung@strasburger.com

    
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Richard D. Fladung serves as co-leader of Strasburger’s intellectual property practice. Rick is involved in a number of complex lawsuits and disputes in both state and federal courts. His experience includes patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret litigation. 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 Strasburger, Rick was a partner in the intellectual property section of an international law firm and a stockholder in the Houston intellectual property law firm of Pravel, Hewitt & Kimball, P.C. 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.

  • American Bar Association
  1. Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, former Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Division  
  • Houston Bar Association
  1. Ex-Officio, Board of Directors
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  1. Past President
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  1. Board of Directors
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  1. Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  1. Fellow
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
  1. Fellow
  • American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA)
  1. Member (1983 – present)
  2. Active member of various committees
  3. Frequent speaker at national meetings
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  1. Member
  • The University of Kansas
  1. Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Advisory Board
  • He Which Soweth Bountifully Shall Reap Also Bountifully: Return On Investment For Patenting Healthcare Inventions, Strasburger Health Law Counsel Series (June 2008)
  • Maximizing Value and Minimizing Risk: Three New Intellectual Property Developments That Will Affect Your Business in 2007, Strasburger Corporate Counsel Series (February 2007)
  • Automobile Designs: Protecting an Investment in a Legend with Intellectual Property, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (June 2005)
  • Presented papers to the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Association and to major accounting firms and corporations on the issues relating to intellectual property law.

 

  • There’s No Place Like Home – Supreme Court Ruling on Patent Venues, Strasburger Intellectual Property Blog (May 2017)
  • US Supreme Court Adopts New Approach to Fee Awards in Copyright Lit, Strasburger Intellectual Property Blog (June 2016)
  • The Race has Started. Are You in the Running?, Strasburger Intellectual Property Newsletter (April 2013)
  • Developing and Preserving Evidence of Independent Creation in Defense of a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, Strasburger Health Industry Online (February 2009)
  • Jury Deliberation of Evidence for Future Damages in Patent Cases: Effect of 2006 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Strasburger Business & Law Newsletter (September 2008)
  • Medical Practitioners and Their Related Healthcare Entities Still Have Exposure for Infringement of Patented Medical and Surgical Procedures, Strasburger Health Industry Online (July 2008)
  • He Which Soweth Bountifully Shall Reap Also Bountifully: Return On Investment For Patenting Healthcare Inventions, Strasburger Health Industry Online (March 2008)
  • The Patent Law Storm Intensifies, Strasburger Health Industry Online (January 2008)
  • Surviving the Perfect Storm Brewing Over Patent Law in the Healthcare Industry, Strasburger Health Industry Online (June 2007)
  • Patent Law Storm To Hit Health Care, Houston Business Journal (June 2007)
  • Inventors in Health Care: Preserving Foreign Patent Protection, Strasburger Health Industry Online (August 2006)

 

  • Second Wave of Patent Enforcers Try New Tactics, The Texas Lawbook. Subscription Required. (October 2017)
  • Named among The Best Lawyers in America – Patent Litigation by Best Lawyers (2017-2018)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by Martindale-Hubbell (1985-2018)
  • H Texas Top Lawyers (2013, 2016-2017)
  • Listed Among “Who’s Who in Energy” by American Cities Journals (2012-2013)

Richard D. Fladung serves as co-leader of Strasburger’s intellectual property practice. Rick is involved in a number of complex lawsuits and disputes in both state and federal courts. His experience includes patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret litigation. 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 Strasburger, Rick was a partner in the intellectual property section of an international law firm and a stockholder in the Houston intellectual property law firm of Pravel, Hewitt & Kimball, P.C. 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.

ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  1. Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, former Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Division  
  • Houston Bar Association
  1. Ex-Officio, Board of Directors
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  1. Past President
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  1. Board of Directors
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  1. Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  1. Fellow
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
  1. Fellow
  • American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA)
  1. Member (1983 – present)
  2. Active member of various committees
  3. Frequent speaker at national meetings
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  1. Member
  • The University of Kansas
  1. Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Advisory Board

PRESENTATIONS

  • He Which Soweth Bountifully Shall Reap Also Bountifully: Return On Investment For Patenting Healthcare Inventions, Strasburger Health Law Counsel Series (June 2008)
  • Maximizing Value and Minimizing Risk: Three New Intellectual Property Developments That Will Affect Your Business in 2007, Strasburger Corporate Counsel Series (February 2007)
  • Automobile Designs: Protecting an Investment in a Legend with Intellectual Property, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (June 2005)
  • Presented papers to the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Association and to major accounting firms and corporations on the issues relating to intellectual property law.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • There’s No Place Like Home – Supreme Court Ruling on Patent Venues, Strasburger Intellectual Property Blog (May 2017)
  • US Supreme Court Adopts New Approach to Fee Awards in Copyright Lit, Strasburger Intellectual Property Blog (June 2016)
  • The Race has Started. Are You in the Running?, Strasburger Intellectual Property Newsletter (April 2013)
  • Developing and Preserving Evidence of Independent Creation in Defense of a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, Strasburger Health Industry Online (February 2009)
  • Jury Deliberation of Evidence for Future Damages in Patent Cases: Effect of 2006 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Strasburger Business & Law Newsletter (September 2008)
  • Medical Practitioners and Their Related Healthcare Entities Still Have Exposure for Infringement of Patented Medical and Surgical Procedures, Strasburger Health Industry Online (July 2008)
  • He Which Soweth Bountifully Shall Reap Also Bountifully: Return On Investment For Patenting Healthcare Inventions, Strasburger Health Industry Online (March 2008)
  • The Patent Law Storm Intensifies, Strasburger Health Industry Online (January 2008)
  • Surviving the Perfect Storm Brewing Over Patent Law in the Healthcare Industry, Strasburger Health Industry Online (June 2007)
  • Patent Law Storm To Hit Health Care, Houston Business Journal (June 2007)
  • Inventors in Health Care: Preserving Foreign Patent Protection, Strasburger Health Industry Online (August 2006)

 

MEDIA

  • Second Wave of Patent Enforcers Try New Tactics, The Texas Lawbook. Subscription Required. (October 2017)

HONORS

  • Named among The Best Lawyers in America – Patent Litigation by Best Lawyers (2017-2018)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by Martindale-Hubbell (1985-2018)
  • H Texas Top Lawyers (2013, 2016-2017)
  • Listed Among “Who’s Who in Energy” by American Cities Journals (2012-2013)
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