Ali Tehrani, Associate Washington, D.C.
atehrani@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2797
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Ali Tehrani is an intellectual property attorney in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on IP litigation in district court cases, at the appellate level before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and in International Trade Commission (ITC) proceedings. Ali has successfully represented clients in high-stakes patent, trademark, and administrative IP cases.

In conjunction with his litigation practice, Ali also regularly counsels clients on:

  • IP strategies and digital transformation.
  • IP portfolio development and management.
  • Commercialization and licensing of IP rights.
  • IP due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.
  • IP ownership rights.
  • Patent (non-)infringement or (in-)validity opinions.
  • Trade secrets protection and misappropriation matters.
  • Data rights and patent rights in government contracts.
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) and cyber security.
  • Regulatory and legislative policy.

Prior to joining the firm, 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.

Ali also has an active pro bono practice. He has successfully represented a mother in a Hague Convention custody case at the district court and on appeal. Most recently, he represented a charter school for African-American and Latino children in an IP dispute.

Representative Industries

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
  • Ecommerce 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


Affiliations

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.

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association


Representative Engagements


Appellate Courts

  • 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 Courts

  • Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. et al. v. Lonza Walkersville, Inc., No. 17-cv-02713 (D. Md.): Represent defendant in patent infringement action relating to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).
  • The Regents of the University of California v. St. Jude Medical, LLC, No. 16-cv-06210 (N.D. Cal.): Represent plaintiff in medical device patent infringement action.
  • The Regents of the University of California v. Boston Scientific Corporation, No. 16-cv-06266 (N.D. Cal.): Represent plaintiff in medical device patent infringement action.
  • The Regents of the University of California v. AtriCure, Inc., No. 16-cv-06506 (N.D. Cal.): Represented plaintiff in medical device patent infringement action; successfully settled the case.
  • Arlington Industries, Inc. v. PlyGem Holdings, Inc. et al., No. 16-cv-00069 (N.D. Cal.): Represented plaintiff in patent infringement action; successfully settled the case.
  • DataMotion Texas, LLC v. Citigroup, Inc., No. 15-cv-01721 (E.D. Tex.): Represented defendant in patent infringement action; successfully transferred and settled the case.
  • 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.

Patent Trial and Appeal Board

  • Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. v. Arlington Industries, Inc., No. PGR2018-00005 (PTAB May, 8 2018): Successfully represented patent owner in obtaining denial of institution on all petitioned grounds.
  • St. Jude Medical, LLC v. The Regents of the University of California, Nos. IPR2017-01338, -01339 (PTAB May, 8 2018): Successfully represented patent owner in obtaining dismissal of IPR petitions.
  • 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.

International Trade Commission

  • 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.      


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