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Brad Lane

Phone: +1 312.321.4252
455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611

Brad Lane is a seasoned litigator who works with clients to understand and identify their big-picture objectives and think forward to the best way to achieve them. Brad is hands-on at every stage of the litigation process, from pleadings, through discovery and motion practice, to trial and appeal. Brad also understands that litigation makes business sense in some cases, but may not be the answer to every business challenge, and therefore consults with his clients on alternatives available in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, from Patent Trial and Appeal Board trials to ex parte reexaminations, as well as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and/or arbitration.

In all engagements, Brad works closely with innovators, business strategists and other client personnel to understand key products, markets and business strategies so as to translate technical information into persuasive arguments.

Brad has handled a broad range of intellectual property cases, with an emphasis on patent and trade secret cases, and related licensing matters. He is experienced in appellate advocacy before the Federal Circuit. In addition to his work in U.S. courts, Brad partners regularly with the firm’s foreign associates to help protect intellectual property assets worldwide. Because he has worked with foreign litigation and prosecution counsel, Brad has the experience to ensure clients have access to the resources they need to accomplish their goals in intellectual property matters.

Brad has been ranked as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” for IP litigation since 2006 and has been honored as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property magazine since 2013. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, he was a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione.


  • Brad successfully argued on appeal, on behalf of TE Connectivity, that the district court had properly dismissed a complaint alleging trade secret misappropriation for lack of personal jurisdiction. The dismissal of the trade secrets case by the district court was affirmed in all respects.
  • Brad represented Cook Incorporated in a patent infringement action it filed to protect two patents concerning endovascular stent grafts and their delivery systems for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The case settled favorably following resolution of summary judgment motions in Cook’s favor.
  • When Cook was sued for alleged infringement based on four endovascular stent grafts patents, Brad helped obtain a summary judgment in the company’s favor and authored the successful appeal brief that affirmed the summary judgment.
  • Brad defended Shanghai Xing Te Hao against allegations of patent infringement as to certain power tools. Because of a motion to dismiss filed on behalf of the client, the matter was limited to jurisdictional discovery and thereafter settled on terms favorable to Shanghai Xing Te Hao.
  • In an infringement case against Visteon Corporation, Brad obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all infringement allegations relating to various Visteon universal joint products.
  • When Cook’s principal competitor launched a new product line based on an implantable collagen matrix product originating from porcine small intestine submucosa, Brad represented Cook in seeking damages and injunctive relief. Within five months, the competitor sought bankruptcy protection. 


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. General Engineering (1985) with highest honors
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1988)


  • Public Interest Law Initiative
    Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, 1989–Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, 1989-Present
  • Association Internationale Pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • Chicago Bar Association, 1989–Present
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, 1992–Present
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, 2001–Present
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
    President, 2016–2018


Admitted to practice: Illinois, Michigan, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. District Court for the Northern District Illinois Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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"Northern District of California finds no basis for jurisdiction to review application of PTAB’s controversial NHK and Fintiv factors that led to refusal to institute IPRs," Intellectual Property Bullet Analyses (November 12, 2021). Contacts: John Sabacinski, Brad Lane
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Seventh Circuit Affirms Trade Secret Protection of Patented Spinal Implant Device," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (October 5, 2021). Authors: Dalton Hughes and Brad Lane.

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"Supreme Court to Soon Hear Argument in the Arthrex Dispute," IP Insights (February 23, 2021). Contact: Brad Lane
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"Supreme Court Grants Cert. Petitions in Arthrex Dispute," IP Insights (October 14, 2020). Contact: Brad Lane
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"Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Review in Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al.," IP Insights (March 27, 2020). Contact: Brad Lane
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"Design Patents – Fundamental Additions to Cannabis Intellectual Property Portfolios," IP Insights (February 14, 2020). Contact: Brad Lane
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"Motorola v. Hytera: Extraterritorial Damages Ruling Enables $764M Trade Secret Verdict," IP Insights (February 14, 2020). Contact: Brad Lane
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"Patent Trial and Appeal Board Provides Guidance on Timing of Requests for Certificates of Correction During PTAB Proceedings," IP Insights (January 31, 2020). Contact: Brad Lane
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"Supreme Court Clarifies Cost Awards in Copyright Suits," IP Insights (March 4, 2019). Contact: Brad Lane
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