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Background

Ricardo Bonilla is an Associate in Fish & Richardson’s Dallas office. He was previously a Summer Associate with the firm in 2010 and 2011 after joining the firm via its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. Mr. Bonilla’s practice includes all areas of commercial and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patents.

Mr. Bonilla has represented hundreds of clients in federal courts around the country in intellectual property disputes involving a wide range of technologies, including e-commerce and web site systems, computer network architecture, computer software, encryption, telecommunication, and mobile applications. Mr. Bonilla’s intellectual property practice has also involved multiple appeals where he has represented clients as both appellants and appellees before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Additionally, Mr. Bonilla has represented many individuals and companies in Texas state and federal courts in commercial disputes and general litigation, as well as class action and qui tam litigations.

Mr. Bonilla also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as part of its Lawyer on Loan program. The program afforded him an opportunity to serve Dallas County as a misdemeanor prosecutor, where he picked the jury for or first chaired multiple jury trials, tried cases to the bench, and handled multiple hearings on State and defense motions.

Prior to law school, Mr. Bonilla was a vulnerability research manager at Critical Watch before interning with Nortel, where he focused on the development and testing of multiple wireless technologies. He was also a software development intern for Eklin Information Systems, where he developed utilities for the company’s proprietary software using various programming languages, including C++, C#, SQL, HTML, and Java.

Education

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law 2012
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, National Order of Scribes


B.S., University of Texas at Dallas 2009
Software Engineering
cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas 2012
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, City Lead (Dallas)
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Co-Chair of Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee; 2016 Leadership Class
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association

Other Distinctions

Accolades

On the Rise – Texas Lawyer, 2018

On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers by American Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division, 2018

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – Pathfinder, 2018

Best Lawyer Under 40 by D Magazine, 2018

Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2016-2018

Named to Lawyers of Color’s Hot List, 2014

Publications

Shifting the § 101 Burden,” Fish Litigation Blog, February 2016 (author).

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts – Discussing Ongoing Litigation,” Fish Litigation Blog, June 2015 (author).

“Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Lawyers,” State Bar of Texas, Business Disputes course book, September 2014 (co-author).

Contention Discovery Requests in Federal Cases in Texas: Punting in the First Quarter Could Lead to Disaster in the Fourth, Texas Young Lawyers Association eNews (October 2013).

A Patented Lie: Analyzing the Worthiness of Business Method Patents After Bilski v. Kappos, 43 Texas Tech Law Review 1285 (Summer 2011).

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