John R. Alison practices in the area of intellectual property law. For more than 25 years, Mr. Alison has represented clients in the semiconductor, optoelectronic, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and biotech industries across the Greater China region. He has litigated more than 100 patent, trade secret and trademark matters filed in U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and state courts. Alison has also handled appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Fourth Circuit and Sixth Circuit. In addition to litigation, he actively works in intellectual property licensing.

Mr. Alison is a 1984 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and is a graduate, with distinction, of Swarthmore College.

Areas of Practice

  • Telecommunications

  • Semiconductor Manufacturing

  • Optoelectronics

  • Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Mediation


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • District of Columbia


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1984
  • University of Chicago, M.A., 1980
  • Swarthmore College, B.A., with distinction, 1979


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Of Counsel, 2019-present

  • Winston & Strawn LLP
    - Partner/Of Counsel, 2013-2019

  • Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP
    - Partner, 1992-2013

  • Howrey & Simon
    - Associate, 1986-1992

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    - Law Clerk to Chief Judge Howard T. Markey

Professional Activities

  • Licensing Executives Society International, Chinese-Taipei Branch
    - Founding Member
    - Board of Directors
    - Past President

  • Association of University Technology Managers

  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA)

  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association

  • Taipei Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016

  • Listed in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015

  • Listed as an Intellectual Property: Life Sciences Star by LMG Life Sciences, 2012

Selected Publications

  • "Recent U.S. 'Electronic Discovery' Sanctions Order in U.S. Patent Case Creates New Threat to Chinese Companies," China IP News, September 2009

  • "The Role of Juries in Managing Patent Enforcement: Judge Howard Markey's Opinions and Writings," John Marshall Law Review of Intellectual Property, 2009

  • "The Art of Patent Notice: Best Practices for Giving and Responding to Notification of U.S. Patent Rights," China IP News, September 2008

  • Coauthor, "Advanced Federal Circuit Patent Law," Patent Resources Group, 1996-2004

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "IP Strategies for the U.S. Market," Innovation Across Borders: Strategies for Chinese Life Sciences Companies Doing Business in the U.S., Shanghai, March 7, 2019

  • "Successful Factors of IP Litigation - Strategy and Quality of Patent," Multi-Discipline Management of Technology Lecture, Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC, April 14-15, 2017

  • "Technology Licensing Expert Dialog," sponsored by AmCham Taipei, American Institute in Taiwan, TUSA, March 30, 2017

  • Speaker in Panel Discussion on "Practical Issues Faced by U.S. and Taiwan companies in Licensing Transactions,” March 30, 2017

  • Principal Host and Speaker, "The Evolving Landscape of Competition Law," Half Day Antitrust Program, September 23, 2016