Craig Allison


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Craig Y. Allison, Ph.D., litigates technically complex patent and trade secret disputes before the federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and appellate courts. He also counsels clients on patent licensing negotiations, infringement allegations, and patent portfolio analysis. Dr. Allison has been selected for many years by Best Lawyers in America as a top lawyer in the area of Technology Law.

Craig earned his Ph.D. in solid state physics and became assistant (then associate) professor of physics at Oklahoma State University.  Craig taught physics and conducted scientific research at Oklahoma State, and also conducted research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, before deciding to attend law school.  Craig’s greatest strength lies in his ability to translate his experience teaching complex technology to undergraduate students into his practice, both in terms of mentoring and teaching associates and in his ability to achieve results for his clients.

In addition to practicing law, Craig plays piano, occasionally accompanying his daughter, an accomplished vocalist, at her performances.  He also designed and built a music recording and mixing studio in his home, and enjoys dabbling in music production.

Selected Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services


  • “What it Means to ‘Entirely Vitiate’ A Claim Element in Light of Warner-Jenkinson,” Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, Vol. 82, No. 8, 535 (August 2000)
  • Note, “Is a Copyright Co-Owner’s Duty to Account Federal or State Law?” 90 Michigan Law Review 1998 (1992)
  • Book Note, 90 Michigan Law Review 1682 (1992) (reviewing Lea Brilmayer, “Conflict of Laws: Foundations & Future Directions” (1990))
  • Book Note, 89 Michigan Law Review 1610 (1991) (reviewing Rapheal Sealey, “Women and Law in Classical Greece” (1990))
  • Co-author, “Low Temperature Electrical Resistivity of Transition Metal Carbides,” Solid State Communications 68, 387 (1998) (with C.B. Finch, M.D. Foegelle, and F.A. Modine)
  • Co-author, “Electron Microscopy of Electron Radiation Damage of Tantalum Carbide,” Journal of Applied Physics 63, 1740 (1988) (with R.E. Stoller and E.A. Kenick)


  • University of Michigan Law School, 1992, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, member of the Michigan Law Review
  • University of Illinois, 1982, Ph.D., Physics
  • Rice University, 1977, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Nonend Inventions v Spotify. Represented Spotify, a popular music streaming service, in defense of patent infringement claims brought by Nonend Inventions. Settled.

Hewlett-Packard v. Acer.  Defended Acer and brought countersuits against HP in patent litigation involving computer and microprocessor technology

Patent licensing negotiations on behalf of Marvell Technology regarding assertions by Freescale Semiconductors involving Marvell’s integrated circuit technology.

Patent licensing negotiations on behalf of a large Japanese consumer electronics company regarding assertions by a major U.S. semiconductor manufacturer.

Applera v. Illumina. Defended Illumina in patent infringement litigation involving Illumina’s DNA sequencing technology

Intel v. Via Technologies.  Represented Intel in patent infringement action brought against Via involving microprocessor technology

ODC v. Del Mar Avionics. Defended Del Mar Avionics in patent infringement litigation involving Del Mar’s optical disc recording devices.


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