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Rick Longton Named Thomson Reuters Foundation’s “TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year”

October 8, 2018

WASHINGTONThe Thomson Reuters Foundation has named Rick Longton its “TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year.” The award recognizes the commitment demonstrated in supporting pro bono clients over the last year on projects undertaken through TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation's global pro bono program that connects high-impact NGOs with law firms and corporate legal teams to create social and environmental change.

Mr. Longton assisted Brooklyn Bridge to Cambodia, a non-profit formed to provide subsistence farmers with better tools to improve their harvests, including procuring patents for a breakthrough rice planting device. To address the specific problem of the unduly labor-intensive, and unhealthy rice planting techniques that have prevailed in Cambodia for centuries, engineers at Brooklyn Bridge to Cambodia created the "Eli Rice Seeder," a low-cost mechanical planting device that uses high-pressure air to shoot rice seeds into the soil at regular intervals.

Mr. Longton specializes in complex pharmaceutical and chemical patent litigation in the U.S. district courts, as well as Inter Partes Reviews and other post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the Patent & Trademark Office.

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