Alison Haddock Hutton, CIPP/US, helps IoT companies successfully navigate the evolving data privacy landscape and protect themselves from patent infringement allegations. Ms. Hutton offers creative and practical solutions to the legal challenges facing her clients, and strategies that further their business needs in a cost-effective manner. Her past clients include Cisco, AT&T, ARRIS, Verizon, Charter Communications, and T-Mobile, among others.
In the patent litigation sector, Ms. Hutton has represented clients in matters relating to wireless LAN and telecommunications systems, DSL technology, semiconductor fabrication, medical devices, cloud-based clinical documentation and speech recognition systems, and online paperless billing systems, among others. She has also represented global sports organizations and owners and advertisers of some of the world's most well-recognized brands in trademark and false advertising suits and defended individual and corporate clients in white-collar and general commercial matters.
Ms. Hutton has first chaired and second-chaired numerous trials and hearings, including Markman and summary judgment hearings. She is familiar with all stages of litigation at both the state and federal level, and frequently takes a lead role in coordinating joint defense groups in multi-defendant cases and multi-district litigations.
In addition to litigation and contested matters, Ms. Hutton helps clients develop and manage data protection and privacy policies. As a Certified Industry Privacy Professional/United States, Ms. Hutton has a comprehensive understanding of the United States sectoral privacy regime, and has also counseled clients on GDPR compliance.
Ms. Hutton also has an active pro bono practice, particularly in the area of voting rights law. She acts as an election monitor for Election Protection Georgia, coordinated an Ohio Call-In center for the nationwide Election Protection coalition in November 2008 and 2010, and worked with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to prepare a brief amicus curiae in the Crawford v. Marion County Election Board voting rights case before the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Hutton is a 2005 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a semifinalist in the William Minor Lile Moot Court competition, a member of the UVa Mock Trial team, and managing editor of the Virginia Law Weekly. Ms. Hutton received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, which she attended on a full tuition B.N. Duke scholarship. While an undergraduate, Ms. Hutton interned both for the Honorable Leslie Crocker Snyder in the New York County Supreme Court and for the Richland County South Carolina's Public Defender's Office.
- Represented Verizon Wireless in patent litigation matter related to LTE technology. Secured favorable disposition of the case after the case was transferred from the Eastern District of Texas to the District of Delaware and two of the asserted patents were invalidated. Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, Case No. 17-657-LPS-CJB (D. Del.).
- Represented Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, ARRIS Group, Inc., and Ubee Interactive in patent litigation matters related to 802.11 Wi-Fi technology brought by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC. Obtained order from MDL panel transferring cases to the District of Delaware and favorable disposition of the case at the claim construction stage, including invalidation of two of the asserted patents on the basis of indefiniteness. In re Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC, C.A. No. l 6-md-2722-LPS-CJB (D. Del.).
- Represented CenturyLink in patent litigation matter related to DSL technology brought by United Access Technologies. Plaintiff agreed to a stipulated judgment in the client’s favor after a claim construction order that adopted CenturyLink’s proposed claim constructions issued. United Access Technologies, LLC v. CenturyTel Broadband Services LLC, et al., Case No. 1:11-cv-00339-LPS (D. Del.).
- Represented Cisco Systems, Inc. in patent litigation matter brought by EON Corp. IP Holdings relating to multi-access network topologies. Secured transfer from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California and obtained summary judgment verdict in favor of Cisco, which was later affirmed by the Federal Circuit. EON Corp. IP Holdings, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al., Case No. 12-CV-01011-JST (N.D. Cal.); EON Corp. IP Holdings, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al., Case No. 14-1496 (Fed. Cir.).
- Represented T-Mobile, Sears Holdings, Costco, and Best Buy in a patent litigation matter brought by EON Corp. IP Holdings in the Eastern District of Texas related to multi-access network topologies. Negotiated favorable resolution of the case after the Court adopted defendants’ interpretation of the asserted claims. EON Corp. IP Holdings, LLC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc. et al., Case No. 6:10-cv-0379 LED-JDL (E.D. Tex.).
- Experienced in representing clients in litigations concerning allegedly 802.11 and xDSL standards-essential patents and related FRAND issues, including:
◦ Represented T-Mobile and Cisco Systems, Inc. in patent litigation matters brought by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation concerning allegedly standards-essential 802.11 patents. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v. Lenovo (United States), et al., Case No. 6:09-cv-399 (E.D. Tex.); Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Orgnisation v. Cisco Sys., Inc.,Case No. 6:11-cv-00343 (E.D. Tex.), Case No. 2015-1066 (Fed. Cir.).
◦ Representing ARRIS Group, Inc. in suit asserting allegedly standards-essential 802.11 patents. Hera Wireless S.A. v. ARRIS Group, Inc., 1:17-cv-948 (D. Del.).
◦ Representing CenturyLink Communications, LLC in suit asserting allegedly standards-essential G.994.1 patents. Sisvel Int’l S.A. v. CenturyLink Communications, LLC, 1:17-cv-01186 (D. Del.).
- Represented leading U.S. bag closure manufacturer in trademark and trade dress infringement lawsuit. Schutte Bagclosures Inc. v. Kwik Lok Corporation, Case No. 1:12-cv-05541 (S.D.N.Y.)
- Represented global medical device company in patent litigation matter relating to surgical devices. Biomedical Enterprises, Inc. v. Solana Surgical, LLC, Case No. 1:14-v-94 (W.D. Tex.).
- Represented manufacturer of global home products in a Lanham Act false-advertising litigation challenging a competitor’s claims about their cat-litter products. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. v. The Clorox Company, Case No. 11-cv-92 (S.D.N.Y.)
- Represented manufacturer of global home products in a Lanham Act false-advertising litigation challenging a competitor’s claims about insect-repellent clothing. S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. v. Buzz Off Insect Shield, LLC, Case No. 1:05-cv-739 (M.D.N.C.).
- Represented major vacuum cleaner manufacturer in false advertising litigation challenging competitor’s HEPA advertising claims. Dyson, Inc. v. Bissell Homecare, Inc., Case No. 1:10-cv-8126 (N.D. Ill.).
- Represented The Football Association Premier League Limited in an infringement litigation against YouTube involving interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) safe-harbor provisions in Viacom International, Inc. et al. v. YouTube, Inc. et al., 07-cv-2103-LLS (S.D.N.Y.).
- Represented a major sports association in a suit involving antitrust and breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims. Deutscher Tennis Bund v. ATP Tour, Inc., 1:07-cv-178 (D. Del.).
- Represented officers and directors in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement proceedings and related matters.
Representative IoT Matters
Other Representative Matters
Areas of Practice
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- False Advertising
- Unfair competition
Cybersecurity, Data and Privacy
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2005
- Duke University, B.A., 2002
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2015-present
- Associate, 2011-2014
- Proskauer Rose LLP
- Associate, 2005-2011
Honors and Awards
- Member, 2014 Managing Intellectual Property North America Awards: Top Patent Litigation Practice in the Southern United States
- Recipient of Proskauer Rose LLP's Pro Bono Golden Gavel Award, 2008
- Recipient of Duke University's B.N. Duke Scholarship
Civic and Charitable Activities
Atlanta Road Trotters, Board Secretary (2013-2018)
Junior League of Atlanta, Member and District Advisor (2011-present)
Virginia Highlands Tour of Homes Committee (2014-present)
Member, Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success
Member, Duane Morris Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Co-author, "Student Data Protection in an Era of Education Technology Innovation," Duane Morris Alert, August 7, 2015
- ABA's IP Litigation Newsletter, "Recent Developments in Copyright Media Litigation," Vol. 26 Issue 2, "ABC v. Aereo, Inc. and Fox v. Dish: How Broadly Will the District Courts Interpret the Aereo Decision?" (Fall 2014)
Selected Speaking Engagements
Panelist, "SEP Panel Discussion," The 2019 Duff & Phelps IP Value Summit, Half Moon Bay, California, October 15, 2019
Panelist, "One Month to GDPR Enforcement: Final Preparations and Review," The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Webinar Series, April 10, 2018 (video replay)
Panelist, "Data Protection Officers: Is It a Requirement? Risks and Obligations Connected with Having or Not Having One," The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Webinar Series, January 30, 2018 (video replay)
Panelist, "Six Months Before GDPR: Why GDPR Is Relevant to U.S. Businesses and How You Can Comply," The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Webinar Series, November 30, 2017 (video replay)
- Speaker, "Helping Fintech Companies Compete in the United States," Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, November 16, 2017