Alison Aubry Richards has recently joined Global IP Law as a Partner in 2017. 

Alison is an Intellectual Property lawyer with more than 10 years courtroom experience.  She has worked on complex cases involving a broad variety of technologies and industries such as:  Semiconductors, Photolithography, Integrated circuits, Computer Software, Imaging systems, Gift Card systems, Mobile electronics, Online payment systems, Human genetic therapies, Medical devices, Mobile telephony, and Facial recognition.  Alison is also experienced in patent and technology licensing. 

Prior to joining Global IP Law Group she served as a Partner and IP Litigator at Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery for six years, an Attorney at Kirkland Ellis for five years, and  WilmerHale in the Greater Boston Area for two years.

She handled matters such as:

Alexsam, Inc. v. Best Buy Co., Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2010-13). Obtained a successful jury verdict at trial on patent validity. Obtained successful ruling on inequitable conduct issue at bench trial. Obtained favorable settlement of litigation.

Alexsam, Inc. v. IDT Corporation (E.D. Tex. 2007-11). Obtained a successful jury verdict in patent infringement litigation relating to systems and methods for activating phone and gift cards. The federal court entered a $10.1 million final judgment and initiated a new proceeding for determination of royalties on future sales. This verdict was named a Top 25 Texas Verdict and the seventh-largest IP verdict in Texas for 2011.

Alexsam v. UnitedHealth Group Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex. 2007-11). Obtained favorable settlement of patent infringement litigation relating to network and database systems for medical card transactions.  

Software Restore Solutions, LLC v. Apple, Inc., et al. (N.D. Ill. 2010-11). Obtained favorable settlement of patent infringement litigation relating to method of computer configuration management.

Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. v. Alpine Elecs. (W.D. Tex. 2006-09). Obtained a summary judgment of invalidity of patents relating to search software implemented in navigation systems.

Biax Corp. v. Sun Microsystems Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2006-09). Obtained favorable dismissal of patent litigation related to parallel processing functions of microprocessor technology on the eve of trial.

In re: Iridium Operating LLC v. Motorola, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 1999-2007). Obtained favorable defendants’ decision relating to satellite telephone communication technology and related financial issues after nine-month bench trial.

Nikon v. ASML Holding N.V. I.T.C. (N.D. Cal. 2004). Obtained a favorable result for the client in patent litigation dispute relating to lithography systems for the semiconductor industry.

Alison holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Finance from the University of Illinois.

Alison was selected to the Illinois Rising Stars for Intellectual Property Litigation list published by Super Lawyers (2013 – 2016), and selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, Leading Lawyers Network (2015 and 2016).   She is licensed to practice law in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Alison is a Co-Founder of Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP), Chair of ChiWIP's Business and Corporate Outreach Committee and Co-Chair of the Educational Programs Committee. Alison is also a member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES).