Dr. Dariush Adli


Dr. Dariush Adli, Ph.D., Esq., is the Founder and President of ADLI Law Group.

Dr. Adli is perhaps best known as the “go to” trial lawyer in high stakes intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret) and complex commercial disputes. The reason is clear; for over two decades, Dr. Adli has successfully counseled and represented U.S., Asian and European businesses, from Fortune 500 corporations to startup companies, in intellectual property and business matters. In 2010, after years of successful practice at big law firms, Dr. Adli decided to act on his vision of offering clients the “choice combination” of high-quality work product, typical of bigger U.S. law firms, and the ready access and more affordable fees typical of specialized boutique firms. This vision gave birth to the success, which is ADLI Law Group, P.C.

Dr. Adli is well recognized as a premier strategist in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and complex commercial disputes and is widely sought after by businesses large and small, seeking effective strategies for protecting their valuable intellectual property assets. In that effort, Dr. Adli partners with businesses to identify their protectable intellectual property assets and to develop customized legal strategies, which are consistent with the businesses’ goals, resources and risk tolerance.

Dr. Adli has a deep understanding of science and technology. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After a few years as a scientist/engineer at a top engineering consulting firm in the Boston area, Dr. Adli decided to pursue a career in law and enrolled in the J.D. program at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1998.

Dr. Adli has first chaired numerous trials in intellectual property and complex commercial matters at federal and state courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and in arbitration proceedings. Dr. Adli also has significant experience in patent post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in proceedings before the Trademark Trial Appeal Board (TTAB).

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  • Patent litigation
  • Patent acquisition
  • Patent counseling
  • Trademark and Copyright acquisition
  • Trade Dress litigation and acquisition

Areas of Technical Specialties

  • Semiconductors
  • Electronics
  • Computer and Network Architecture
  • Light–emitting diode technology (LED)
  • Communications
  • Software
  • Mechanical Arts
  • Internet and E–Commerce


  • The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Juris Doctor, 1998
  • The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Doctor of Philosophy, Nuclear Engineering (Applied Physics), 1983. Thesis funded by a National Science
  • Foundation Scholarship Award
  • The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering (Semiconductor Physics), 1978, Cum Laude
  • The National University of Iran, Tehran, Iran, Bachelor of Science, Physics and Electrical Engineering, 1976, Summa Cum Laude


  • California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2009
  • United States District Court of Texas, Eastern District
  • United States District Court of Texas, Western District
  • United States District Court of Texas, Northern District
  • United States District Court of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2000

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • Member, American Nuclear Society
  • Member, Association of Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • Member and Former Vice President, Iranian–American Lawyers Association

Prior Legal & Non–Legal Experience

  • Hogan & Hartson, LP, Los Angeles, CA (2002–2009)
  • Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, Costa Mesa, CA (2001 to 2002)
  • Fish & Richardson, San Diego, CA (2000 to 2001)
  • Pillsbury Winthrop, San Diego, CA (1998 to 2000)
  • Duke Engineering Services, Bolton, MA (1983 to 1993)

Patent Litigation:

  • Represented and helped represent clients in patent infringement matters involving diverse areas of technology including semiconductors, solar cells, integrated circuits, computer hardware, architecture, software, digital processing and communications. Experienced, as first chair and second chair, in all phases of patent infringement litigation, including: strategizing, preparing budget estimates, pre–filing infringement and validity analysis, opposing counsel negotiations, scheduling conference preparation and hearing, fact witness identification and deposition, claim construction proceedings and technology tutorials, expert witness identification and preparation; expert reports and depositions, and extensive trial preparation, including mock jury exercises.

Patent Acquisition (Prosecution), Opinion and Reexamination:

  • Supervisory and hands–on experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications and providing infringement and validity opinions in various technology areas including semiconductor, optics, integrated circuit, computer hardware, software, digital processing, communications, medical devices, consumer electronic products including cameras, printers, copiers, the Internet and commercial nuclear power related technology. Prepared and filed inter–parte and ex–parte reexamination requests at the PTO.

Patent Counseling:

  • Counseled clients in patent and technology assessment and portfolio analysis, strategic planning, and the development of policies and programs for protecting confidential information.

Trademark, Trade Dress and Copyright Litigation:

  • Helped represent and successfully settled a case against several defendants in trademark litigation brought by Nike Corp. Represented and successfully settled a case against several defendants in trademark litigation brought by a US Cell Phone Case manufacturer. Successfully represented defendant in trade dress litigation brought by a US Auto and Truck lighting manufacturer.

Recent Publications


  • English
  • Farsi

Trademark Infringement in Cannabis

June 1, 2021

Cannabis and Hemp CBD companies should be increasingly vigilant regarding the risks of potential trademark infringements of non-cannabis and hemp-related marks. There has been a long history of cannabis products…

Consideration of Non-Traditional Trademarks in Branding Strategy

June 1, 2021

Many are surprised to learn that a scent can be a trademark. For example, toy and board game company Hasbro has registered the “Play-Dough” scent mark, which it described as…

The Unappreciated Value of Design Patents

March 19, 2021

By: Dr. Dariush Adli Design patents are often treated as the forgotten sibling of their better known and more popular utility patents.  That is unfortunate because it fails to give…