Portrait of

Government Experience

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office—Patent Examiner (2000-2002)


  • Ohio State University, B.S., chemical engineering, summa cum laude
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Craig P. Lytle, Associate Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2533
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Craig P. Lytle is an Intellectual Property Group associate in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. Craig's practice focuses primarily on patent and trade secret litigation. Craig is an experienced trial attorney having participated in three jury trials and a bench trial. Craig has been involved in a variety of litigations – from large international corporation defendants to small innovative company plaintiffs. Craig's litigation experience extends across a diverse range of technologies including Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) generic pharmaceuticals, fluid transfer, wireless telecommunications, mobile applications, internet business method patents, automotive braking systems, polymer fibers, and telematics..

Craig has experience in all stages of litigation from pleadings through trial – including assisting with the obtainment of one of the largest jury verdicts ever in a trade secrets case. Craig has drafted pleadings, discovery requests and responses, discovery motions, Markman briefs, and summary judgment motions. Craig has also worked extensively with experts in developing expert reports. Craig has also prepared fact and expert witnesses for deposition and trial testimony, taken and defended fact depositions, and second-chaired expert witness depositions. In the patent specific arena, Craig has developed claim construction positions, non-infringement positions, and invalidity positions. In the trade secret arena, Craig has crafted trade secret descriptions and has rebutted public disclosure and independent development defenses.

Craig also maintains a robust pro bono practice. As a pro bono attorney, Craig has been lead counsel in both a parole revocation hearing before the United States Parole Commission and in an Immigration Hearing before the Immigration Court. Craig also recently completed a six-month secondment at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. While at Legal Aid, Craig maintained a housing docket and conducted a bench trial in a landlord-tenant matter resulting in a favorable settlement, won an Informal Hearing before the Office of Administrative Hearings in a housing subsidy termination case, and conducted several mediations that resulted in favorable settlements for his low-income clients.

Prior to attending law school, Craig worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in the art of semiconductor processing. After leaving the USPTO, Craig worked as a patent agent for three years. Craig's practice focused primarily on patent prosecution and procurement and covered diverse technologies including chemical processes, semiconductor processing, medical devices, pharmaceutical compositions, and mechanical devices.

Craig holds a B.S, summa cum laude, in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University and a J.D., cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law. Craig is admitted to practice in the State of New York, in the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Craig is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Representative Cases

  • Representing defendant Marriott International, Inc. in patent infringement lawsuit involving mobile phone apps. The district court granted summary judgment of patent invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Federal Circuit affirmed. Cyberfone Systems, LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al., No. 11-831-SLR (D. Del.)
  • Represented plaintiff DuPont in a trade secrets litigation involving Kevlar®. After a seven-week trial, the jury found Kolon willfully and maliciously misappropriated trade secrets of DuPont and awarded $919.9 million in damages.E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company v. Kolon Industries, Inc. et al., No. 3:09-cv-00058 (E.D. Va.)
  • Represented plaintiff Bendix in a patent litigation involving air disc brake technology. After a two-week trial, the jury found Haldex willfully infringed Bendix's patent and awarded requested damages and attorneys' fees. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, et al., v. Haldex Brake Products Corporation, No. 1:09-CV-0176 (N.D. Ohio)
  • Represented defendant Sprint in a patent litigation involving international paging. District court granted summary judgment of noninfringement and Federal Circuit affirmed. Technology Patents LLC v. Deutsche Telekom AG et al., No. 8:07-cv-03012 (D. Md.)


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


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