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Molly A. Jones

Phone: +1 415.365.7221
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Molly A. Jones is an Intellectual Property and Litigation counsel in Crowell & Moring’s San Francisco office. Her practice emphasizes patent, trademark, technology licensing, and other commercial disputes in a range of industries including software, biotechnology, commercial real estate, education, health care, and food and beverage. She has represented clients in matters in the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, Eastern District of Texas, and California state courts. Molly has also second-chaired a trademark infringement trial in the Western District of Texas.

Molly earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was the executive symposium editor of the Hastings Law Journal and co-authored amicus curiae briefs in two landmark patent cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. While attending law school, Molly also externed at the Northern District of California and studied abroad at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. 

Representative Matters

  • Representing the University of California in obtaining a $50 million settlement and public apology from the University of Southern California and one of its faculty members over USC’s 2015 raid on an Alzheimer’s Disease research program at UC San Diego, a result reported on the front page of the Los Angeles Times as a “jaw-dropping conclusion” to “unprecedented litigation” concerning the protection of academic research.
  • Confidential Failed ERP Installation Arbitration (San Francisco JAMS ADR, 2019). Represented an international provider of online educational services in a confidential arbitration against multinational software corporation in a recovery action related to a failed Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) software installation. Matter resolved on eve of merits hearing. 
  • Software License Audit Defense. Represented several software licensees, in numerous industries, in contentious software audits and licensing disputes against global enterprise software providers. 


  • Duke University, B.A. biology (2008) with distinction
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (2014) cum laude


Admitted to practice: California, U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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"Eleventh Circuit Solidifies Protection of Trade Secrets Threatened By “High-Tech Corporate Espionage” Under Florida’s Trade Secret Law," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (May 29, 2020). Authors: Kimberley Johnson and Molly A. Jones.
"Livestock Feed Trade Secrets Case Put Out to Pasture," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (May 28, 2020). Authors: Michelle Chipetine and Molly A. Jones.
"Complex Threat Investigations: Tips for Investigating Trade Secret Misappropriation and Other Digital Crimes," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (March 27, 2020). Authors: Kayvan M. Ghaffari and Molly A. Jones.
"Hirer Beware: Your Employee’s Non-Compete Agreement with their Former Employer May Determine Where You Can be Haled to Court," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (March 26, 2020). Authors: Emily Tucker and Molly A. Jones.
"Arthrex v Smith & Nephew: Is The Sky Falling, Or Is It Business As Usual At The PTAB?," Daily Journal (March 18, 2020). Authors: Pilar Stillwater, and Molly A. Jones.
Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel and 26 to Counsel Positions (Jan.02.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"Trade Secret Battle Between Competitors Heats Up," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secrets Trends (October 16, 2019). Authors: Molly A. Jones and Julia Milewski.
"Criminal Prosecution of Chinese Trade Secret Misappropriation," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secrets Trends (July 24, 2019). Authors: Molly A. Jones and Raija Horstman.
"China Strengthens Trade Secret Protections Ahead of Trade Negotiations," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secrets Trends (May 7, 2019). Authors: Molly A. Jones and Julia Milewski.
"Cannabis Trademarks Not Stoned by PTO," IP Insights (May 7, 2019). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Pilar Stillwater, Molly A. Jones, Kainoa Asuega
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