Richard G. Frenkel

Rick Frenkel is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins and has experience in every aspect of patent litigation, from initial investigations through trial and appeals. Mr. Frenkel was recognized as one of "75 Leading IP Litigators in California" by the Daily Journal in 2013 and 2014, and was selected as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in 2016.

Mr. Frenkel brings a combined experience of 14 years as a patent litigator and trial lawyer, two years as in-house counsel and 10 years as an engineer. He has litigated patent cases for a variety of industries, including:

  • Telecommunications
  • Semiconductors
  • Information technology
  • Life sciences
  • Internet and digital media
  • Oil & gas

Representative clients include Amazon, Constant Contact, Endurance International Group, Facebook/WhatsApp, Newegg, NVIDIA, Synopsys and Western Digital.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Frenkel served as the Director of Intellectual Property for Consumer and Emerging Technologies at Cisco Systems. In this position, he managed patent litigation, advised on patent assertions and patent-purchase opportunities, negotiated patent licenses, analyzed patent issues in mergers and acquisitions, and provided counseling on IP strategy. Prior to practicing law, he worked as an aerospace engineer at Allied Signal and GE Aircraft Engines.