Ian B. Crosby
Partner
Seattle Office Phone: (206) 516-3861 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., high honors, 1998).
  • Reed College (B.A., faculty commendation, 1995)
  • Goethe Institut, Bremen, Germany (Certificate of German as a Foreign Language, 1989)
Judicial Clerkship

Law clerk to the Honorable Robert Boochever, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1999-2000

Law clerk to the Honorable John C. Coughenour, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1998-1999

The Intersection of Law and Technology 

 

“If MIT granted honorary degrees, I would nominate you for one.” That’s what an MIT “rocket scientist,” Professor Joel Schindall, told me when we worked together on a case about geostationary satellites. “You’re the smartest lawyer I’ve ever met,” said Professor Paul Min of Washington University, a veteran expert on electrical engineering and computer science whose testimony I presented at trial.

 I’m not a rocket scientist or an electrical engineer, but I excel at learning their areas of expertise and communicating them to judges and juries. Clients agree:

“Ian Crosby … is smart, capable, and a first-rate lawyer, able to understand and master difficult and complex areas of technology.”

—Avi Katz, President, General Counsel & Secretary, Loral Space and Communications, Inc.

 

"Ian delivered a powerful opening statement and followed it with incredible cross examination of the defendant witnesses that totally destroyed their case." 

—Daniel Ross, Owner, DDR Holdings, LLC

From satellites to software, electronics to e-commerce—in patent, antitrust, copyright, trade secret, and contract cases—before federal district courts, federal courts of appeal, and the International Trade Commission—for both plaintiffs and defendants, some large companies, others individual inventors—I’ve synthesized law and technology to produce results.

What kind of results? In 2016 Fitbit, Inc., voluntarily withdrew its complaint in the International Trade Commission against my client Jawbone, Inc., rather than face invalidation of its patents at trial. In 2015, the Federal Circuit affirmed a $40 million trial judgment in favor of my client Two-Way Media LLC. In 2014, the Federal Circuit found that an e-commerce patent owned by my client DDR Holdings, LLC, claimed patentable subject matter—the first, and for eighteen months, the only decision to uphold the validity of such a patent after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). More recently, I received the 2017 Editor’s Choice Award from Managing IP for my work on In re: Queen's University at Kingston et al. (Read more here.)

Even when my clients haven’t prevailed completely, I’ve helped them turn catastrophic exposures into manageable ones. In 2014, a court threw out a $283 million dollar verdict on a nearly $2 billion claim against my client Space Systems/Loral, Inc., after which the parties settled pending retrial. In 2016, a court granted summary judgment to my client Zillow on most counts of a copyright infringement suit seeking potentially billions of dollars in damages. The jury returned a verdict of only $8.75 million on the claims that remained.

In other representations, a court granted a complete defense judgment for my client Arctic Slope Regional Corporation in a suit seeking a hundred-million dollar finder’s fee on the largest single-source government contract in history. I was also the architect of Novell’s antitrust claims against Microsoft, which settled for a confidential amount that the New York Times later reported to be $536 million.

I encourage you to contact my references below and visit my LinkedIn page to learn more about how I have helped them with high-stakes legal disputes at the intersection of law and technology.

 

References

Brad Owens, General Counsel, Zillow Group—Seattle, Washington — brado@zillow.com  

Avi Katz, President, General Counsel, & Secretary, Loral Space & Communications, Inc.— New York, New York — akatz@hq.loral.com

Daniel Ross, Owner, DDR Holdings, LLC—Dunwoody, Georgia — ddross@bellsouth.net

Honors and Distinctions
  • Recognized by U.S. News - The Best Lawyers in America® as a top litigator in Seattle for Intellectual Property Litigation (2018, Woodward White Inc.)
  • Recipient of the 2017 Editor's Choice Award from Managing IP for work on In re: Queen's University at Kingston et al. Read more here.
  • Order of the Coif and Society of Chancellors
  • Articles Editor, Texas Law Review
  • Norman S. Davis, Clarence Leon Carter, and Locke Purnell Rain Harrell Endowed Presidential Scholarships in Law
  • Awards for highest achievement in several subjects, including Patent Litigation and Antitrust
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine (Thomson Reuters) "Rising Star" from 2003 to 2009
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