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Chief Trademark Counsel at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Laurence S Rickles has been a trademark and copyright attorney for more than 25 years. Since December 2015, he has been chief trademark counsel at Teva Pharmaceuticals, now located in Parsippany. He is responsible for managing Teva’s team of trademark professionals who oversee Teva’s portfolio of more than 30,000 trademarks in dozens of countries worldwide.
Before Teva, Mr Rickles’s in-house experience included almost 17 years at Johnson & Johnson, where he was the trademark attorney responsible for many of the company’s well-known brands, including TYLENOL, MOTRIN, REACH toothbrushes, and OneTouch blood glucose monitors and test strips, as well as significant portions of the company’s pharmaceutical trademark portfolio, including REMICADE and STELARA. He also worked on numerous character licence agreements on behalf of the Band-Aid brand, as well as Johnson & Johnson’s sponsorship of the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.
Mr Rickles has also served as outside counsel ‒ namely, as a member of the IP group of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. In this capacity, his practice focused on trademark, copyright and unfair competition law – including trademark portfolio management, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings and unfair competition matters, including advertising issues, protection against counterfeit goods and marks and misappropriation of trade dress.
Mr Rickles was an associate at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.