Anne Elise Herold Li

New York
Phone: +1 212.895.4279
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Anne Elise Herold Li is an intellectual property attorney in the New York office of Crowell & Moring. As a partner in the Intellectual Property Group and the Firm Trade Secrets practice, Anne focuses her practice on patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation, counseling, patent procurement, freedom-to-operate, and due diligence. She represents a wide-range of clients, including biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, generic pharmaceutical, medical device, software, and mobile devices, varying from large corporations to start-ups. She litigates in both federal and state court, has been lead counsel in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings, and has also successfully represented clients at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Her practice covers an array of technologies, with a special emphasis on biotechnology, Hatch-Waxman, medical device, and hand-held electronics industries. Her experience includes patent litigation, trade secret misappropriation, trademark enforcement, false advertising, and unfair competition cases.

Anne is also a regular contributor and an editor of the firm's Trade Secrets Trends blog.

Anne was recognized as a "Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine, New York Metro edition for 2013-2017.

Anne handles all aspects of intellectual property litigation, from pre-suit investigations, through discovery, Markman proceedings, summary judgment motions, trials, and appeals. Her experience also includes assisting clients with the evaluation of patents of third parties and rendering detailed opinions relating to patent invalidity, non-infringement, and unenforceability. She advises clients concerning intellectual property procurement and enforcement strategies. Anne is experienced in technology transfer agreements, such as drafting licenses and advising start-up clients on all aspects of intellectual property. 

Representative Matters

  • Waters Tech., Inc. & Waters Corp., Inc. v. Agilent Techs., Inc., No. 18-1450-MN (D. Del.) – Represent Agilent in an infringement suit on n-glycan labeling reagent
  • Arch Chemicals, Inc. v. Sherwin-Williams, Co., 18-2037-LPS (D. Del.) – Represent Arch in a patent infringement action related to biocide additives. 
  • Lonza Walkersville, Inc. v. Cellular Dynamics International, Inc., No. 1:16-cv-01304 (D. Del.) – Represent Lonza Walkersville, Inc. in an infringement suit involving seven stem-cell related patents.
  • Lonza Sales AG v. Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Civ. Action No. 1:15-cv-00562-GMS, District of Delaware. Successfully represented Lonza AG on a breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets claim.
  • Successfully represented a medical device company in invaliding four patents on summary judgment in a case involving hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
  • Successfully defended the makers of a mobile e-reader from claims of patent infringement made in the ITC concerning various hardware and software patents.
  • Successfully represented a client in biotechnology patent litigation brought against a recombinant DNA vaccine. Client received a valuable Markman ruling leading to summary judgment of non-infringement and favorable settlement.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Anne was an associate at an intellectual property firm. Before that, Anne was an epidemiologist at the New York City Department of Health, where she received an award for her work on the anthrax outbreak in 2001. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Anne worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

Anne also maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2016, she received Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Publico Award, and she was recently recognized as an "Empire State Counsel" by the New York State Bar Association for her pro bono work. Anne also received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York in 2008 and the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, summa cum laude, for her pro bono work while in law school.

Anne earned her B.A. in psychology, focusing on biopsychology from the University of Chicago, her M.P.H in Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and her J.D. from Fordham University, where she was on the Intellectual Property Law Journal

Anne is admitted to the New York and District of Columbia bars. She is a member of the bar of The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as various federal district courts. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Admitted to practice: New York, District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Vice-Chair, Medical Devices, ABA Science & Technology Law Section (2017-2018)
 New York Intellectual Property Law Association
William C. Conner Inn of Court

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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Pending Profanity and Bankruptcy Go Together at the Supreme Court - For Trademarks," Hon. William C. Conner Inn of Court, New York, NY (February 28, 2019). Panelists: Anne Elise Herold Li, Michelle Chipetine, and Brian McGrath.
  • "Intellectual Property for the Micro-Entrepreneur," Crowell & Moring, New York, NY (December 13, 2017). Presenters: James K. Stronski, Anne Elise Herold Li, and Preetha Chakrabarti.
  • "Printer Cartridges & Cheerleading Uniforms: What the Key 2017 IP Supreme Court Decisions Mean for Apparel Companies," Webinar (July 27, 2017). Presenters: Anne Elise Herold Li and Preetha Chakrabarti.
  • "Keeping it Under Wraps: Protecting, Asserting and Creating Value from Your Trade Secret," 2017 BIO International Convention, San Diego, CA (June 21, 2017). Speaker: Anne Elise Herold Li.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M's June Labor & Employment Update: Employee Mobility: Protecting the Company when Employees Leave," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 15, 2017). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Andrew W. Bagley, Anne Elise Herold Li, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Reflections on 2016 and Projections for 2017," National Association of Women in Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Area Affinity Group, Teleconference (December 15, 2016). Presenter: Anne Elise Howard Li.
  • "Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2016: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing," Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (June 15-17, 2016). Speaker: Anne Elise Herold Li.
  • "Closing Arguments in Skidmore v. Zeppelin," Honorable William C. Conner Inn of Court, New York, NY (April 19, 2016). Presenter: Anne Elise Herold Li.
  • “Social Security Disability 2016: From Administrative Proceedings to Federal Practice,” Practicing Law Institute, New York, NY (March 16, 2016). Speakers: Steven Godeski, Susan J. Horwitz, Edlyn L. Willer, Anne Elise H. Li, Karen Hambrick, Marie I. Mombrun, and Kyla L. Ratliff.
  • "Intellectual Property Recovery 2.0 — Beyond Basic Patent Protection," Crowell & Moring's Second Annual In-House Recovery Conference, Dana Point, CA (March 10-11, 2016). Speakers: Michael J. Songer, Anne Li, Rita Hao, and Phillip Rotman.
  • "Santa Clause is Coming to 40 Foley Square," Honorable William C. Conner Inn of Court, New York, NY (November 12, 2015). Presenter: Anne Elise Herold Li.
  • "Who Owns Left Shark Anyway?" Honorable William C. Conner Inn of Court, New York, NY (April 22, 2015). Presenter: Anne Elise Herold Li.


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