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Anne Elise Herold Li

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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.


  • University of Chicago, B.A. psychology (1997)
  • Emory University, M.P.H. (2000)
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (2006)


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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"Olaplex Dyeing to Protect its Intellectual Property," IP Insights (August 15, 2019). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Michelle Chipetine, Mena Gaballah, PharmD
Client Alert/Newsletter
"No Registration Without Representation: U.S. Requires Foreign Trademark Owners to Engage U.S.-Licensed Attorneys," IP Insights (July 24, 2019). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Deirdre Long Absolonne, Michelle Chipetine
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late: Tardy Trade Secrets Bounced," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secrets Trends (May 21, 2019). Authors: Eric A. Gressler, Raija Horstman and Anne Elise Herold Li.
"No "Backsies" – Licensors Cannot Use Bankruptcy To Claw Back Trademark Rights from Licensees Says Supreme Court," IP Insights (May 21, 2019). Contacts: Mark S. Lichtenstein, Ilana Lubin, Anne Elise Herold Li, Michelle Chipetine
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Cannabis Trademarks Not Stoned by PTO," IP Insights (May 7, 2019). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Pilar Stillwater, Molly A. Jones, Kainoa Asuega
Client Alert/Newsletter
"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.
"Vigilance as a Virtue: Lessons To Be Learned from the Coda Development v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Case," Trade Secrets Alert (February 28, 2019). Contacts: Mark A. Klapow, Anne Elise Herold Li, Siri Rao
Client Alert/Newsletter
"SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments on Mission Product with Mixed Reviews," IP Insights (February 22, 2019). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Mark S. Lichtenstein, Michelle Chipetine
Client Alert/Newsletter
"No Money, No Problem – For the Licensor that Is. The Supreme Court and Trademark Licenses in Bankruptcy," IP Insights (February 20, 2019). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Ilana Lubin, Mark S. Lichtenstein, Michelle Chipetine
Client Alert/Newsletter
Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes 21 Associates to Counsel (Jan.03.2019)
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