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Richard L. Thurston, Ph.D. practices in the area of intellectual property law. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Dr. Thurston was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., where he was also Chief Proprietary Information Officer (Trade Secrets) and Corporate Compliance Officer. Dr. Thurston has experience with corporate governance and regulatory compliance; M&A; litigation; and intellectual capital management, including intellectual property and the protection of trade secrets. He also has experience with joint ventures and venture capital investments, international trade and investment, and non-legal Asia-Pacific strategic planning.

Dr. Thurston is a 1980 graduate of Rutgers University School of Law—Camden. He also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and is a cum laude graduate of Alma College. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Not admitted to practice in New York.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual Capital Management
  • Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Asia-Pacific Strategic Planning and Development

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Not admitted to practice in New York.

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden, J.D., 1980
  • University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1979
  • University of Virginia, M.A., 1973
  • Alma College, B.A., cum laude, 1973

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Of Counsel, 2015-present
    - Associate, 1980-1984
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    - Senior Vice President and General Counsel, 2002-2014
  • Graduate Institute of Technology Law, National ChiaoTung University, HsinChu, Taiwan
    - Adjunct Law Professor, 2002-present
  • School of Law, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan
    - Adjunct Law Professor, 2002-present
  • National Cheng Chih University, Taipei
    - Adjunct Professor, 2009
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas
    - Adjunct Law Professor, 2000-2001
  • Kelt Capital Ventures, Dallas
    - Co-Founder, 2001
  • Haynes and Boone LLP
    - Senior Partner, 1996-2001
  • University of Texas at Dallas, Graduate School of Business Administration
    - Lecturer, "Modern Chinese Economic History (1800-1980's)," 1985-1986; "Japanese Business Practices," Fall 1992; and "Business Basics of Entrepreneurism," Summers of 2000 and 2001
  • Dallas-Fort Worth School of Law (now known as Texas A&M University School of Law)
    - Lecturer on trade and investment law, Fall semesters, 1990-1992

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Chairman of the China Committee of the International Law and Practice Section, 1990-1995
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Asiatic Society of Japan
  • Association of Asian Studies
  • The Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Asian Studies Foundation
    - Member of the Board of Directors
  • Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Association, Taiwan
    - Member, Board of Directors, 2003-2014
  • Licensing Executives Society, Taipei, Taiwan Chapter
    - Member of Board of Directors and Vice president, 2007-2014
  • Arbitration Association of Republic of China
    - Member Board of Directors, 2007-2010
  • Technology Industry Lawyers Organization
    - Member of Board of Directors, 2008-2014
  • Center for American and International Law
    - Member of the Board of Trustees, 2013-present
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
    - Member, 2003-present
  • Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
    - Member, 1985-present
  • International Law and Technology Institute of The Center for American and International Law, Dallas, Texas
    - Member, Advisory Board, 2002-present
  • Republicans Overseas (Abroad)
    - Secretary, Japan Chapter, 1987-1991
    - Taiwan Chapter, Treasurer, 2002-2009
  • Rudy Giuliani and John McCain Election Campaigns
    - Member, Trade Advisory Committees, 2007-2008
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
    - Member, 1987-1990
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hanoi, Vietnam
    - Member, 1997-2001
  • Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, 1990-2012
  • U.S.-Japan Business Council, 1985-2001
    - Co-chair, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneur Initiatives Task Forces
  • U.S.-Korea Business Council, 1985-2001
    - Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee and member of the Executive Committee
  • Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
    - President, 1999-2001
  • Dallas-China Partnership
    - Executive Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Intellectual Asset Magazine's IAM Strategy 300 – The World's Leading Intellectual Property Strategists, 2015-2017
  • ILO Asia-Pacific General Counsel of the Year, 2013
  • Taiwan Intellectual Property Counsel of the year, 2010
  • Adviser to Republic of China (ROC) Intellectual Property Office, 2002-2008
  • AsiaLaw Outstanding In-House Counsel Award, Taiwan Counsel of the Year, 2006 and 2007
  • Adviser to ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs on Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with the U.S., 2006-2007
  • Adviser to the ROC Ministry of Justice on Draft Legislation Establishing an Special Intellectual Property Court in Taiwan, 2004-2006
  • Member Taiwan, ROC APEC Delegation (Hanoi), 2006
  • Editor of the English Translation of the ROC Civil Code of Procedure
  • Asia Legal Business' Top 25 In-House Counsel, Asia Pacific, 2003
  • Appointed by U.S. Department of Commerce (Clinton Administration) as a member of the U.S. People's Republic of China Civil Technology Committee, 1999-2001
  • Technology Business Council, Richardson, Texas, Telecom Corridor
    - Volunteer of the Year, 2000

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Lex Mundi
    - Advisory Board, 2011-present
  • International In-House Counsel Journal
    - Editorial Board, 2010-present
  • Liberty Masonic Lodge, Taipei, Taiwan
    - Member, 2008-present
  • Rotarian, Rotary Club International
  • Rotary Club of HsinChu Southeast, 2001-present
    - Paul Harris Fellow, 2005-present
  • HsinChu International Community Association
    - Co-founder and Vice President
  • Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce
    - Asia Advisory Council, Co-Chair, 1999-2001
    - International Advisory Council, 1998-2001
  • Richardson Chamber of Commerce
    - Co-Chair, International Committee, 1999-2001
  • ATAC Swim Club
    - Member of Board of Directors, 1999-2001
  • Richardson Symphony Orchestra
    - Board of Directors, 2000-2001
  • Richardson YMCA
    - Board of Directors, 1999-2001

Selected Publications

  • Author, "Japan - The Antimonopoly Act and Japanese Fair Trade Commission Enforcement," The International Lawyer, Vol. 27, No. 2, Summer 1993
  • Author, "Country Risk Management Case Study, China." International Law and Practice in the New World Order. American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice, 1992. Revised and published in The International Lawyer, Vol. 27, No.1, Spring 1993
  • Author, "A Review of the Past Year in the People's Republic of China." The International Lawyer, Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer 1992
  • Author, "Technology Transfer to Offshore (United States) Operations." Counseling Foreign-Owned U.S. Enterprises, David K.Y. Tang, ed. American Bar Association, March 1992
  • Co-author, "Joint Comments on the Japan Fair Trade Commission Antimonopoly Act Enforcement Guidelines," American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law and Section of International Law and Practice, 60 Antitrust Law Journal, Issue 1, 291, 1991
  • Author, "A Review of the Past Year in the People's Republic of China," The International Lawyer, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring 1991
  • Author, "Trade and Law Reform, A Chinese Historical Experience," Proceedings of the American Society of International Law, Fall 1991
  • Author, "The New Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China," California International Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 3, No 4, Winter 1990
  • Author, "Technology Takes Command: The Policy of the People's Republic of China with Respect to Technology Transfer and Protection of Intellectual Property," The International Lawyer, Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter, 1990
  • Author, "Reform Through Dictum and Continuity, the Ta-Li-Yuan and Law Reform in China," Taipei, Taiwan, 1984 (English and Chinese)
  • Author, "Entering the Tiger's Den, Exploring the Chinese Market," Focus 637, January 7, 1981

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • "The Orphaned Child: Trade Secrets as a Much Neglected Corporate Asset," American Chambe of Commerce in Taipei, March 03, 2017
  • "China's Membership in the World Trade Organization: The Accession Journey," ABA, Section of International Law and Practice, Washington, D.C., May 1, 1997
  • "The Two Koreas and Their Asian Neighbors," 1997 SMU-Dallas Forum on Asian Affairs, symposium on the Two Koreas and the U.S., Dallas, March 21, 1997
  • "Understanding Business Infrastructure in Japan and the Pacific Rim," MIT Distance Education Seminar, Cambridge, Mass., March 27, 1997
  • "Leveraging Technologies and Intellectual Property Into Competitive Advantage in the 21st Century; An Overview of an Evolutionary, Synergistic Process," CAEI Symposium on The Future of the Internet and Multimedia, Infomart, Dallas, December 11, 1996
  • "Practical Aspects of Joint Ventures in Asia," The Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Dallas, November 22, 1996
  • "Fundamental Components of an International Joint Venture Agreement, Doing Business Worldwide, the Third Annual Midwest International Law Forum Goes West." Scottsdale, Arizona, November 11, 1996
  • "The U.S.-Japan Economic Partnership." Looking Ahead to the 21st Century: Economic Opportunities for America in Northeast Asia, Asia Society, Dallas, October 7, 1996
  • "Recent Intellectual Property Developments in the Pacific Rim," 10th Annual Computer and Information Law Institute. Las Colinas, Texas, September 20, 1996
  • "Investment in China: A Historical Perspective." Thinking About China: Lessons from Success and Failures, MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, Cambridge, Mass., October 24, 1995
  • "Texas Instruments Experiences in Asia." Global Partnerships and Strategic Alliances: Institute of International Business, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, November 10, 1995
  • "Virtual Techno-Alliances: A Framework for Future U.S./Japan Technology Relationships," International Law and Finance Institute for Corporate Counsel, Washington, D.C., February 20, 1994
  • "Historical Roots and Emerging Similarities Between the Commercial Legal Regimes of Taiwan and Mainland China," and "Taiwan and Greater China: Recent Trends in the Semiconductor Market," 17th Annual Business Conference of the US-ROC Business Council, Hilton Head, S.C., September 23, 1993
  • "Protecting Intellectual Property Rights and Interests in Technology Transfers to Strategic Relationships in the Pacific Rim: China, Korea and Japan," 7th Annual Computer and Information Technology Law Institute, university of Texas School of Law, Dallas, September 24, 1993
  • "Major Issues Concerning Technology Transfer to Foreign Operations Operating in the United States," National Law Institute, Dallas, March 26, 1992
  • "Country Risk Analysis: Intellectual Property and Fair Trade Regimes in the Asia-Pacific Region," Annual Spring Meeting, International Law Section, American Bar Association, New York, April 9, 1992
  • "Trade and Law Reform, A Chinese Historical Perspective." American Society of International Law, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 1991
  • "The Long March Back: Trade and Investment Opportunities in the People's Republic of China." American Bar Association Section on International Law and Practice, Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. April, 1991
  • Moderator, "The Soviet Far East--New Trade and Investment Opportunities," American Bar Association Section on International Law and Practice, Annual Fall Meeting, Seattle, Washington, October 24, 1991
  • "A Pragmatic Approach to Doing Business in Japan." Dallas Bar Association, September 1990
  • "Are we on a Collision Course? A review of Major Issues confronting Japanese-American Relations." Presented at MY CLUB (a private forum of Japanese government and business leaders), Tokyo, Japan, April 1989
  • "Doing Business in China." U.S. Department of Commerce and the Joint Center for China-U.S. Management Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, Fall, 1985
  • "Legal Aspects of the ETC Act," Export Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Philadelphia, 1983
  • "A New Look at China: Are the Opportunities Really There?," International Business Forum, Philadelphia, 1983
  • Symposium on the History of the Republic of China, Taipei, Taiwan, August 1981, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of China