Richard Kirk Cannon

Rimon Global Alliance*


Chicago,  San Francisco,  West Palm Beach

Practice Groups and Client Sectors:

Transactional Law,  Technology,  Intellectual Property,  Litigation,  Corporate

Areas of Focus:

Complex Litigation,  Business and Commercial Litigation,  Intellectual Property Transactions and Due Diligence,  Intellectual Property Litigation,  Compliance,  Patent Counseling and Prosecution,  Medical Devices,  Trademarks & Copyrights,  Food and Drug Regulatory,  Commercial Transactions,  Technology Licensing
Richard Kirk Cannon


Southern Methodist University


University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

B.S., in General Engineering, minor in Business Administration

Previous Experience

Merix Pharmaceutical Corporation - Senior General Counsel and Chief Litigator

Law Offices of Cannon & Associates - San Francisco, CA; Barrington, IL; West Palm Beach, FL, Commercial Contracts, Litigation, Licensing

Cartwright, Slobodin et al., San Francisco, CA - Head, Intellectual Property Litigation Dept

Flehr, Hohbach, Test, Albritton & Herbert, San Francisco, CA - Intellectual Property Litigation

Hubbard, Thurman, Turner, Tucker & Glaser, Dallas,TX – Litigation & Licensing

United States Navy, NAS Pensacola – Naval Aviator

Bars & Courts

  • State Bars of Texas, Illinois, and California
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Experience

Richard Kirk Cannon has extensive experience representing technology-based clients, both in commercial business transactions as well as intellectual property protection and litigation – including complex contract disputes, business torts, theft of trade secrets, and infringement of patents, copyrights and trademarks. Mr. Cannon has arbitrated and litigated bench and jury trials in state and Federal courts throughout the United States, along with matters before Federal Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Cannon’s litigation background gives him a unique perspective in crafting business contracts and licensing agreements in such a manner as to maximize their enforceability and, thus, avoid potential litigation. His background in business management also positions him to evaluate and efficiently design business solutions to what would otherwise be expensive protracted litigation. Mr. Cannon has successfully negotiated and crafted numerous multimillion dollar business agreements and patent licenses, often involving complex technology, with such entities as Abbott Laboratories, SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline), Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America, The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education, Genzyme Genetics and the Foundation For Blood Research.  He has also handled complex litigation with Fortune 500 companies such as Chrysler, Hewlett-Packard, Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox, GSK, and Abbott, often dealing with multiple large law firms as opposing counsel.

Representative disputes and technologies have involved: biotech testing methodologies; assessing placental dysfunction by comparing noninvasive test levels of human chorionic gonadotropin in the bloodstream or urine of gestating women; multiplex assays utilizing laser excitement and detection of dye ratios and quantification of analytes attached to beads; phytopharmaceutical formulas for antiviral treatments and research; compliance with federal GMP requirements for topical products; FDA monograph system for allowable label claims; false advertising claims related to OTC marketing; double-blind clinical trial implementation; computer software code structures and functionality; trade secret methods of manufacturing; misuse of confidential information; nondisclosure agreements; commercial contract disputes.



  • California Trial Lawyers Association “Outstanding Achievement Award”
  • American Juris. Award for Torts (highest grade in law school)
  • American Juris. Award for Legislative & Admin. Procedure (highest grade in law school)
  • United States Navy – Officer Candidate School Academics Award (highest grades in batallion)
  • University of Illinois – varsity football team; Vice Pres. of Illinois Society of General Engineers


  • California Trial Lawyers Assoc. on “Effective Use of Paralegals In Complex Litigation”
  • Instrument Society of America on “Effective Enforcement of Patents”
  • Silicon Valley EOS/ESD Society on “What You Can & Cannot Do After Leaving Your Job”
  • Motivational speaking and individual coaching at various seminars and events

* Rimon Global Alliance

The Rimon Global Alliance consists of highly skilled attorneys and other professionals whom our partners may call upon as independent contractors to our firm for their expertise, capabilities or economy in the service of our clients. They are not employees, partners, or associated in the firm. Biographies of Rimon Global Alliance professionals are presented here solely for the convenience of our clients.