Douglas J. Crisman

Douglas J. Crisman is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Intellectual Property Practice. Mr. Crisman specializes in patent matters, including patent preparation, licensing, and pre-litigation opinions, and intellectual property transactions, licensing, and counseling. He has extensive experience working with standards-setting bodies and consortia, providing strategic IP management, and advising on all manner of open source legal issues, ranging from open source software development to open source code review and licensing. Mr. Crisman focuses on projects that require technical expertise in the areas of software applications, the Internet, operating system software, computer system architecture, computer graphics and visualization, communications systems, memory devices, integrated circuit design and processing, and signal processing.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Crisman was director of Intellectual Property at Silicon Graphics, where he built, licensed, and enforced a portfolio of more than 1,000 patents; managed patent litigation; oversaw open source legal matters; managed a worldwide trademark portfolio; and negotiated dozens of IP-centric transactions, including the divestiture of SGI’s Cray subsidiary and a multimillion dollar patent agreement with Microsoft.

Mr. Crisman received his J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1994. Before attending law school, Mr. Crisman was a system engineer at IBM Federal Systems Division, where he designed and wrote signal processing software for a number of R&D and production programs. Mr. Crisman joined IBM from Cornell University, where he was a MS/PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering. He received his B.S., with honors, in physics and a B.S. in mathematics from Indiana University in 1984.

Mr. Crisman is member of the California Bar and the AIPLA. He is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property, 2) Electrical Patents, 3) Mechanical Patents, 4) Patent and 5) Technology Industry
Law School Cornell Law School
Education Indiana University, Bloomington (B.S., 1984)
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of California
Most recent firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
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