Alison Aubry Richards
“I enjoy the fast pace of working on a small trial team that goes up against high-profile large firms time after time.”

Alison Aubry RichardsPartner

120 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603VCard
312.577.7007 fax
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J.D., Harvard Law School, 2003
B.S., Finance, University of Illinois, 1999, summa cum laude


Technical Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

Northern District of Illinois, Trial BarEastern District of TexasIllinoisMassachusettsU.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for Intellectual Property Litigation (2013–16)
Selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, Leading Lawyers Network (2015 and 2016)
Certified Public Accountant (examination only), 1999
Series 62 exam for corporate equities and corporate debt securities, 1999

Alison Aubry Richards is an IP litigator with more than 10 years of hands-on courtroom experience. She has worked on a wide range of complex, high-stakes cases involving a broad variety of technologies and industries, including these:

  • Semiconductors
  • Photolithography
  • Integrated circuits
  • Computer software
  • Imaging systems
  • Gift card systems
  • Mobile electronics
  • Online payment systems
  • Human genetic therapies
  • Medical devices
  • Mobile telephony
  • Facial recognition

Alison's practice also includes patent and technology licensing.

Alison draws on her experience representing both defendants and plaintiffs as well as her previous tenure with a large law firm to offer her clients a strategic advantage. She can leverage her knowledge and insight into a faster and more efficient result for each client. The opportunity to deliver greater value to clients was integral to her decision to join Fitch Even.

Alison’s clients appreciate her responsiveness and her ability to translate complex technical and legal principles into plain English. She also understands the importance of considering a client’s business goals when formulating a case strategy. Alison and her colleagues strive to efficiently obtain an optimal resolution of each matter for each client. 

Alexsam, Inc. v. Best Buy Co., Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2010-13). Obtained a successful jury verdict at trial on patent validity. Obtained successful ruling on inequitable conduct issue at bench trial. Obtained favorable settlement of litigation.


Alexsam, Inc. v. IDT Corporation (E.D. Tex. 2007-11). Obtained a successful jury verdict in patent infringement litigation relating to systems and methods for activating phone and gift cards. The federal court entered a $10.1 million final judgment and initiated a new proceeding for determination of royalties on future sales. This verdict was named a Top 25 Texas Verdict and the seventh-largest IP verdict in Texas for 2011. The matter is currently on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Alexsam v. UnitedHealth Group Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex. 2007-11). Obtained favorable settlement of patent infringement litigation relating to network and database systems for medical card transactions.

Software Restore Solutions, LLC v. Apple, Inc., et al. (N.D. Ill. 2010-11). Obtained favorable settlement of patent infringement litigation relating to method of computer configuration management.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. v. Alpine Elecs. (W.D. Tex. 2006-09). Obtained a summary judgment of invalidity of patents relating to search software implemented in navigation systems.

Biax Corp. v. Sun Microsystems Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2006-09). Obtained favorable dismissal of patent litigation related to parallel processing functions of microprocessor technology on the eve of trial.

In re: Iridium Operating LLC v. Motorola, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 1999-2007). Obtained favorable defendants’ decision relating to satellite telephone communication technology and related financial issues after nine-month bench trial.

Nikon v. ASML Holding N.V. I.T.C. (N.D. Cal. 2004). Obtained a favorable result for the client in patent litigation dispute relating to lithography systems for the semiconductor industry.


  • “Determining the Value of One Patented Feature: A Behavioral Alternative to a Consumer Survey,” Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery Webinar, Co-Presenter, November 17, 2016.
  • “Pitfalls in Patent Licensing: The Litigator’s Perspective,” Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery Webinar, with David A. Gosse, March 31, 2016.
  • “The Primary Challenges to Monetizing Patents in Today’s Business, Legal, and Regulatory Environment,” Panel Moderator, Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., October 6, 2014.
  • “Inequitable Conduct After Therasense: Materiality and the Intent to Deceive in Aventis Pharma S.A. v. Hospira, Inc.," Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery Webinar, May 23, 2012.
  • “The Relevance of Reasonable Royalties to Copyright Infringement Remedies,” Moderator of IP Roundtable, Technology for the Litigator, ABA Section of Litigation, April 19, 2012.


  • “Oracle Continues Pursuit of Novel Damages Theory,” Technology for the Litigator, ABA Section of Litigation, May 9, 2012.
  • “Facebook Tests Damages Available to Redress Spam,” Technology for the Litigator, ABA Section of Litigation, May 1, 2012.
  • American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
    • Patent Litigation Committee
      • Co-Chair, Claim Construction Subcommittee
  • Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP)
    • Cofounder
    • Co-Chair, Business and Corporate Outreach Committee
    • Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee
  • Illinois Technology Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
    •  Valuation and Taxation Committee

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