Ali Tehrani

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2797
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Ali Tehrani is an intellectual property counsel 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 and counseled numerous clients in high-stakes IP disputes.  He and a team of Crowell lawyers represent MRSI Systems, LLC and recently won the first-ever bench trial on the issue of IPR estoppel, held before Chief Judge Saylor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. After winning the bench trial, the team secured a case dispositive summary judgment of invalidity against the sole asserted patent, which Chief Judge Saylor held to be directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea.

Also representing Siemens in a multi-forum IP dispute involving Positive Train Control technology, Ali and a team of Crowell lawyers successfully defeated a preliminary injunction that was sought against Siemens.  The Crowell team later won a jury verdict of willful infringement and a $15 million damages award.  Other recent successes include winning a contempt proceeding, resulting in an award of damages and attorneys’ fees for Arlington Industries.       

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

  • Joint development and collaboration agreements.
  • IP rights in Artificial Intelligence systems and Digital Transformation.
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) and cyber security.
  • IP portfolio development and management.
  • Trade secrets protection and misappropriation matters.
  • IP ownership rights.
  • IP due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.
  • Patent (non-)infringement or (in-)validity opinions.
  • Data rights and patent rights in government contracts.
  • 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
  • Automated high-precision, high-speed die bonding and epoxy dispensing systems
  • Automotive systems
  • Positive Train Control 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