was instrumental in the opening of Duane Morris’ Taiwan office. Richard rejoined Duane Morris as of counsel in March 2015 in the Intellectual Property Group. He had previously served as senior vice president and general counsel of TSMC in Taiwan, after beginning his legal career at Duane Morris. Fluent in Mandarin, Thurston has served as an advisor to the Taiwanese, South Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese governments on intellectual property protection and reform. Most recently, he was instrumental in obtaining the passage of key legislation in Taiwan which established new rules and court procedures to enhance the protection of trade secrets. Thurston has taught intellectual property law in both Taiwan and the U.S.