Ali Tehrani is an associate in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. His practice intersects with the firm's Litigation & Trial Department, which was recently named Litigation Department of the Year for general civil litigation by the Washington Legal Times. In addition, Ali works with the firm's Government Contracts, Antitrust, and Corporate Transactions groups on IP-related matters.
Ali's practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation and counseling. He represents high-tech companies in enforcing and defending against claims of patent, trademark, and copyright infringements as well as trade secret misappropriation. He has successfully represented clients in district court cases, in International Trade Commission (ITC) proceedings, at the appellate level before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in relation to post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
In conjunction with his litigation practice, Ali counsels clients on comprehensive strategies consolidating interests between technology development and core corporate objectives, including:
- IP portfolio development and management.
- Commercialization of IP rights, including in- and out-licensing of technology.
- IP ownership rights in joint ventures, technology development cooperation, and employment.
- Trade secrets protection measures and cyber security protocols.
- IP due diligence, including patent (non-)infringement or (in-)validity opinions.
- Data and patent rights in government contracts.
- Regulatory and legislative policy.
Prior to attending law school, Ali worked in-house for a major Fortune 500 company. He received his law degree from The George Washington University Law School, where he studied patent law under the former chief judge of the Federal Circuit and the former deputy general counsel of the USPTO. Ali also holds an LL.M. in IP law and policy. In addition to his legal training, Ali has technical experience with computer software and electronics.
Ali has represented a wide range of domestic and international clients across a variety of industries, including:
- computer software, cloud computing, and mobile applications
- cryptographic systems
- consumer electronics
- electrical products and fittings
- automotive systems
- defense systems
- telecommunication services
- e-commerce and consumer products
- banking and investments
- health care, insurance, and reinsurance
- thermoplastic materials
- medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and nutritional supplements
- hotels and hospitality services
- fashion and films / motion pictures
- Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. v. Arlington Industries, Inc., No. 2015-1616, -1617 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 17.2016): Won consolidated appeals affirming the validity of two patents from inter partes reexaminations.
- Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., No. 2014-1633 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 10, 2015): Won affirmance of the district court’s claim construction, judgment of patent infringement, contempt of injunction, and award of attorneys’ fees.
- Better Food Choices, LLC v. Weight Watchers International, Inc., No. 2015-1304 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 9, 2015): Won affirmance of the district court's dismissal of plaintiff's patent infringement action.
- Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., No. 2013-1357 (Fed. Cir. Jul. 17, 2014): Won dismissal of an untimely interlocutory appeal.
District Court Engagements
- Spark Networks USA, LLC v. Smooch Labs, Inc., No. 14-cv-9027 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 16, 2015): Represented plaintiff (owner of JDate) in patent and trademark infringement action against defendant (owner of the smartphone application JSwipe); successfully settled the case with the acquisition of JSwipe.
- Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., No. 06-cv-1105 (M.D. Pa. Jun. 7, 2015): Won summary judgment of infringement and obtained damages close to $1.1 million.
- Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., No. 02-cv-0134 (M.D. Pa. June 23, 2014): Won contempt proceeding and obtained judgment of infringement with damages in the amount of over $2.3 million.
- Secure Axcess, LLC v. U.S. Bank National Association, No. 13-cv-717 (E.D. Tex.): Successfully defended U.S. Bank and T. Rowe Price against patent infringement allegations.
- Pi-Net International, Inc. v. Enterprise Holdings, Inc., No. 12-03970 (C.D. Cal.): Defended Enterprise against patent infringement allegations.
- GeoTag, Inc. v. Enterprise Holdings, Inc., No. 10-cv-00265 (E.D. Tex.): Defended Enterprise against patent infringement allegations.
- Certain Vehicular Smart Watch Systems, Related Software, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-932 (ITC): Successfully defended General Motors Company and OnStar, resulting in the complainant’s voluntary dismissal prior to institution.
- T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc. v. Secure Axcess, LLC, No. CBM2015-00027 (P.T.A.B. June, 22 2015): Successfully instituted a Covered Business Method Review on behalf of T. Rowe Price.
- Counsel leading automotive companies on successfully appealing final rejections.
- Counsel a leading insurance and reinsurance company on strategically developing and enforcing its patent and trade secrets.
- Counsel leading security software company on pre-suit IP litigation strategies.
- Counsel generic pharmaceutical company on FDA regulations.
- Counseled leading chemical company on pre-suit IP license negotiations.
- Counsel major computer and software manufacturer on enforcing license agreements.
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- American Bar Association
Speeches & Presentations
Client Alerts & Newsletters
"Federal Circuit Denies Rehearing En Banc, Letting Stand Apple’s Permanent Injunction Against Samsung,"
Intellectual Property Bullet Analyses
(December 17, 2015).
Contacts: Kathryn L. Clune, Ali Tehrani
"FTC Continues Hard Line Against Reverse Payment Patent Settlements in the Pharmaceutical Sector,"
Antitrust Law Alert
(June 2, 2015).
Contacts: Keith J. Harrison, Lisa Kimmel, Astor Heaven, Ali Tehrani
"Belief of Invalidity Is Not a Defense to Induced Infringement,"
Intellectual Property Bullet Analyses
(May 27, 2015).
Contacts: Kathryn L. Clune, Mark A. Klapow, Ali Tehrani
"Galactic Foresight Required: NASA's Proposed Rule Limits Advance Waivers to Yet-to-Be-Conceived Inventions,"
Government Contracts Bullet Points
(October 23, 2014).
Contacts: John E. McCarthy Jr., Jonathan M. Baker, Ali Tehrani
"USPTO Issues Preliminary Alice Corp. Instructions and Invites Comments,"
(July 2, 2014).
Contacts: Terry Rea, Jeffrey D. Sanok, Ali Tehrani
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