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Lisa A. Adelson

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1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Lisa Adelson is a counsel with the Intellectual Property Group in Crowell & Moring LLP's Washington, D.C. office. Lisa is a seasoned patent practitioner with numerous years of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and design clients in all aspects of patent prosecution and counseling.

Lisa has extensive experience managing patent portfolios and conducting analyses related to major due diligence and patent litigation matters. Lisa has represented clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Lisa spent many years as a patent attorney at a leading AmLaw 100 firm in Washington, D.C. In that role, Lisa assisted in a wide array of biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients with their patent-related needs, including preparation, prosecution, counseling, litigation, due diligence, and related regulatory work. Lisa also has significant experience in the field of design patent law, having practiced alongside one of the pioneers in this field at a Washington-area boutique.

Lisa earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Colgate University, where she was a Colgate University Alumni Memorial Scholar, a Dana Scholar, and a lifetime member and president of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She also received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Additionally, Lisa has received the Bausch and Lomb Science Prize, American Chemical Society Award, and Harvard Book Award.

Lisa is a strategic thinker who has represented individual and multinational clients at all phases of development. She is a frequent lecturer on current topics in intellectual property law and has published various articles in the field of patent law.


  • Colgate University, B.A. chemistry magna cum laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Board of Directors, National Association of Patent Practitioners

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"In re Surgisil: Boon, Burden, or Mixed Bag for Patent Applicants and Patentees?," IP Watchdog (October 11, 2021). Authors: Lisa A. Adelson, and Trevor K. Copeland.
“Design Patent Law,” National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) 2021 Annual Meeting and Conference (July 19, 2021). Speaker: Lisa A. Adelson.
"Design Patents 101," 2021 HNBA/VIA Intellectual Property Law Institute (June 7, 2021). Speaker: Lisa Adelson
"IP Basics: The Big Five," Mach 37 Legal Day, Washington, DC (October 22, 2019). Presenter: Lisa A. Adelson.
"Tech Center 2900: Design Patents, Their Owners, and You!" USPTO Design Patent Examiner’s Afternoon, USPTO, Alexandria, VA (April 24, 2019). Presenter: Lisa A. Adelson.
"IP Basics," Mach 37 Legal Day, McClean, VA (April 9, 2019). Presenter: Lisa A. Adelson.
"IP Basics," Mach 37 Legal Day, Herndon, VA (November 29, 2018). Presenter: Lisa A. Adelson.
"IP Basics for Health Tech," INOVA 2018 Discovery Series: Early Stage Investing in Health Technology, Fairfax, VA (June 21, 2018). Presenters: Lisa A. Adelson and Michael H. Jacobs.
“Design Patents: Case Law Update,” National Association of Patent Practitioners 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, San Jose, CA (July 29, 2017). Chairperson and Presenter: Lisa A. Adelson.
"3D Bioprinting and Intellectual Property Considerations," Bloomberg BNA Webinar (March 16, 2017). Presenters: Lisa A. Adelson and Michael H. Jacobs.

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