Richard Kirk Cannon
Rimon Global Alliance*
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
PAST AND UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- 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