Rich Wesorick is Managing Partner at Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP, a 36-lawyer intellectual property boutique law firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Rich grew up in Cincinnati and attended St. Xavier High School. He later graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. Before attending law school at the University of Dayton School of Law, he worked as an engineer for four years with G.E. Aircraft Engines, during which time he was the inventor of U.S. Patent No. 5,178,003.
Rich has 25 years of experience in the patent field, with the majority of that time being spent focusing on medical devices. Since 2000, Rich has represented academic medical centers and universities in patent matters related to a wide variety of technologies including orthopedics, cardiovascular surgery and implants, neuromodulation, healthcare information technology and biotechnology. Rich’s practice also includes typical in-house patent counsel functions, and much of his time is spent working closely with his clients to craft patent strategy appropriate for both licensing and start-up company opportunities. Rich is a frequent lecturer at his clients’ facilities and with various other organizations on intellectual property matters, licensing, and technology commercialization. Rich has also been an Adjunct Professor for four years at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught in the Intellectual Property Venture Law Clinic.
Rich is active in several professional organizations such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. For the past few years, Rich has served as the Pro Bono Chairman for CIPLA.
Outside of the practice of law, Rich is active with several local non-profit organizations including The Gathering Place and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Rich has been on the Board of Open Doors Academy for the past five years, and is currently the Chairman of their Development Committee.
Rich met his wife Melissa, also an engineer from Purdue, in 1986. She is the General Manager of LED Platforms for GE Lighting. They have two sons: their older son (Ben) is entering his junior year at Duke University, and their younger son (Matt) starts college this fall at Wake Forest University.
Rich rarely watches television (except for sports), doesn’t like to sleep, and has too many hobbies, including golf, skeet shooting, fishing, racing cars, wine, and playing in (and managing) the local cover band Faith & Whiskey.