D. Lawson Allen
Primary Areas of Practice
D. Lawson Allen provides expertise in litigation services – a vital element of the firm’s ability to manage—and prevail in—the complex, in-depth work IP law demands. All litigation is about uncovering and working with facts, but perhaps none is as demanding in this sense as IP litigation. Lawson’s abilities in this area are a key element of our firm’s reputation for excellence—and results—in the courtroom.
From drafting pleadings and managing discovery to hearings and trial, Lawson is involved in virtually every aspect of litigation. He has experience with complex cases involving hundreds of products and has also litigated issues involving patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 before the Patent and Trademark Appeal Board (PTAB), district courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Lawson is also actively involved in the firm’s pro bono matters.
Additionally, he works on the firm’s patent opinions, such as freedom to operate, due diligence, non-infringement, and validity opinions, as well as assisting in the development of pre-litigation strategy, evaluation of risk, and post-grant proceedings before the PTAB. He also counsels clients with respect to patent prosecution matters. The clients Lawson supports are in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, media, financial and e-commerce, and Internet technologies.
Lawson has unique and invaluable skills in managing large amounts of complex information. Complex cases involving hundreds of products are an area in which he excels, particularly with respect to managing and handling information related to discrete products. These skills also come into play with respect to the preparation of opinions. For example, Lawson works on freedom to operate opinions that require the review of thousands of patent documents, both in the U.S. and worldwide, to determine if a client’s product or process is potentially covered by any issued patents or pending applications. In this role, he excels at efficiently executing large-scale reviews while maintaining a laser focus on essential, small details. This skill is augmented by Lawson’s knowledge of technology and his engineering background.
The key to Lawson’s abilities is the systematic approach he applies to all issues he handles: the planning and development of an initial strategy to minimize obstacles and the creation of a roadmap to reach the goal. By creating and adhering to a strategy, but being flexible enough to adapt it to the particular circumstances and situations that arise, he can arrive at meaningful results while minimizing the amount of time required.
Lawson’s skills are important because facts do not actually speak for themselves. All litigation is ultimately about management and organization of information. The objective is not only to uncover meaningful facts, but to be able to analyze and present them. These facts are often what turn the tide in a case. Thanks to his capabilities to do this both from a strategic perspective and at scale, Lawson provides the raw material and strategy that the attorneys at Rothwell Figg use to power their advocacy on behalf of our clients and obtain successful results.
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- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Appellate Litigation
- Due Diligence
- Ex Parte Reexaminations
- Hatch-Waxman Litigation
- Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Post Grant Review (PGR)
- Licensing and Transactions
- Opinions, Freedom to Operate, and Patentability Analysis
- Patent Litigation
- Patent Prosecution
- Patent Strategy and Counseling
J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law (CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Patent Litigation, Litigation Drafting, Biotechnology Law and Policy, Bioethics)
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (summa cum laude)
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia