Allen S. Cross
Allen joined Ropes & Gray in 2014. He is involved in assisting clients to obtain patents to protect their core technology and advising on the risk of purchasing, selling, investing in and practicing patents and technology
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Allen worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). At the USPTO, Allen examined patents relating to computer architecture. Allen completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester. His graduate studies work focused on optical characterization methods of solid state materials. Allen’s course work at the University of Rochester varied widely and includes solid state physics, photonics, computer architecture, and digital signal processing.
Additionally, Allen’s post-graduate research at the University of Virginia involved the development and fabrication of high-powered photo-diodes for the advancement of telecommunications.
- Emerson Electric v. SIPCO et al.(N.D. Ga., PTAB, CAFC): Representing Emerson Electric in a 10-patent lawsuit, multiple inter partes review proceedings, and Federal Circuit appeals relating to mesh network technology.
- Veeco Instruments Inc. v. SGL Carbon, LLC et al.,(E.D.N.Y. / Fed. Cir.): Represented Veeco in a two-patent infringement case related to removable wafer carriers used in the production of LEDs in Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) systems. Member of a team that successfully obtained a preliminary injunction prohibiting SGL from supplying infringing wafer carriers to Veeco’s chief MOCVD competitor, after which the case settled while on appeal.
- Represented VIZIO, Inc in three inter partes review proceedings challenging patents relating to LED technology at the PTAB.
- Imperium IP Holdings (Cayman), Ltd. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (E.D. Tex., PTAB, Fed. Cir.): Defended client as a technical advisor for one of three asserted patents during jury trial resulting in a jury finding the patent invalid, and in inter partes review proceeding related to same patent resulting in a finding of invalidity for all challenged claims.
- In the Matter of Certain Non-Volatile Memory Devices and Products Containing Same (No. 337-TA-922): Represented Spansion LLC in an International Trade Commission Investigation against Macronix involving patents related to semiconductor memory devices.
- In the Matter of Certain Television Sets, Television Receivers, Television Tuners, and Components Thereof (No. 337-TA-910): Represented a major multinational electronics company in an International Trade Commission Investigation relating to two patents directed to television tuners. Member of a team that successfully obtained summary determination of non-infringement for a design-around product.
- In a pro bono matter, assisted in securing a name change and new birth certificate for a transgender youth victim to domestic violence.
- Co-author, “Opportunities and IP Risks Surrounding 5G: The Next Dominant Cellular Technology,” Bloomberg Law (October 30, 2019)
- JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2017
- PhD (Electrical Engineering), University of Rochester, 2011
- MS (Electrical Engineering), University of Rochester, 2005
- BS (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Rochester, 2003