R. Bruce Rich is a senior partner at Weil and heads the Firm’s IP & Media practice. Mr. Rich is a nationally recognized expert in intellectual property law, concentrating on the problems of communications, entertainment and Internet industry clients. His areas of concentration include litigating and counseling in the fields of copyright, music licensing, the First Amendment, trademark and antitrust. Representative clients include the Association of American Publishers, CBS, the Copyright Clearance Center, The Walt Disney Company, eBay, McGraw-Hill, NBC, the Radio and Television Music License Committees and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Mr. Rich has served as lead trial counsel in significant copyright, trademark, music licensing, antitrust, and libel cases for, among other clients, eBay, Bertelsmann, DMX, HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, Random House, Warner Books, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, CBS, XM Satellite Radio, The New York Post, and Reuters. He has represented the Association of American Publishers in its Supreme Court amicus curiae and other First Amendment activities. Most recently, Mr. Rich was named “Litigator of the Week” in the June 14, 2012 edition of the Am Law Litigation Daily for the representation of DMX in a significant victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit relating to the closely-watched royalty battle with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Mr. Rich was also named “Litigator of the Week” in 2008 for the groundbreaking victory for client eBay, in a high profile trademark case against Tiffany & Co.
Mr. Rich helped found the nation’s pre-eminent practice group representing broadcast and cable television, background music, new media, and other entities in their music copyright relationships with composers, music publishers, the music performing rights organizations – the ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC – as well as with the recording industry insofar as digital delivery of copyrighted materials is concerned. Representative clients of the Firm in this area include the ABC, CBS and NBC Television Networks, the Radio and Television Music License Committees, DMX, Clear Channel Communications and Lifetime Television.
Mr. Rich actively writes and lectures in his fields of expertise. He has spoken on copyright, trademark, First Amendment, and antitrust topics at numerous law schools, at Bar Association meetings and at industry conferences. He has provided expert testimony in court cases and before Congress, and has appeared on national television. Mr. Rich has served as Adjunct Professor at New York Law School’s Media Law Institute. In fall 2013, he will teach an advanced IP seminar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and in winter 2014 he will serve as Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Law School, where he will lead several classes in copyright law.
Mr. Rich is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound and serves on the Counsels’ Council of Lincoln Center and on the Board of Advisors of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has also served on Penn Law School’s Board of Overseers. Mr. Rich has been consistently recognized by his peers in such publications as Who’s Who in America, Legal 500 and Chambers USA where he is ranked as a Band-1, leading lawyer for Media & Entertainment: Copyright & Contract Disputes and Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright. In Chambers USA 2014, clients described Mr. Rich as a “leading light in copyright litigation” who provides “creative application of the law and policy to come up with a solution.” In Chambers USA 2013, Mr. Rich was hailed as a “‘brilliant’ litigator” who “impresses clients with his sharp intellect, great writing, and team-leading skills.” In the 2012 edition of Chambers USA, clients say that “He cares about the whole client and is mindful and sensitive to PR and extralegal issues.” Chambers USA 2011 praised Mr. Rich as “a prominent lawyer in the trademark and copyright arena,” and a “wonderful, top lawyer.” In 2010, Chambers USA called Mr. Rich “extremely bright and knowledgeable of industry-specific issues.” He has also been commended for representing clients with “a laser-like ability to focus” – commentators say he is “extremely knowledgeable and bright, a terrific adversary” and a “skillful diplomat.” Commentators in Legal 500 US have lauded him as an “exemplary counsel [who] sees all the angles of all the issues,” and praised his “unmatched business acumen and industry knowledge” and “ability to listen and reshape business ideas into legal theories.” They have also acknowledged him as “the best in the business in this sector. He remains at the top of his game as a litigator and negotiator.” In addition, Mr. Rich is regularly featured in The Best Lawyers in America for the specialties of First Amendment Law and Intellectual Property Law. Having appeared in Best Lawyers each year from 1995 through 2014, he is one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed for ten years or longer. He was also recognized in 2012 as among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Mr. Rich is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.