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

  • Dariush Adli’s Publications List Since 2017
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, The Art of Protecting Fashion Designs, Daily Journal, December 2017; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/343196
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Part of the Fabric?, Intellectual Property Magazine, October 2017; available at https://www.intellectualpropertymagazine.com/design/part-of-the-fabric-126938.htm
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Protecting Fashion Trademarks with Existing Legislation, Bloomberg BNA, January 2018
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, What Startups With Lean Budgets Can Do to Protect Their IP, The Recorder, January 2018; available at https://www.law.com/therecorder/sites/therecorder/2018/01/12/what-startups-with-lien-budgets-can-do-to-protect-their-ip/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Gems of Wisdom: A Guide to Protecting Jewelry Designs, Law360, January 2018; available at https://www.law360.com/articles/1006917
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, 7 Tips for Silicon Valley Startups to Protect Intellectual Property, Bloomberg BNA, March 2018
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Amazon Patents Blur Human-Robot Line, Daily Journal, April 2018
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, The ‘Blurred Lines’ Decision And Its Potential Legal & Artistic Impact, Lawyer Monthly, April 2018; available at https://www.lawyer-monthly.com/2018/05/the-blurred-lines-decision-and-its-potential-legal-artistic-impact/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Should Musical Works be Entitled to 'Broad' or 'Thin' Copyright Protection?, The Recorder, March 2018; available at https://www.law.com/therecorder/2018/05/07/should-musical-works-be-entitled-to-broad-or-thin-copyright-protection/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, 3 Potential Issues For Cosby’s Expected Appeal, Lawyer Monthly, March 2018; available at https://www.lawyer-monthly.com/2018/05/3-potential-issues-for-cosbys-expected-appeal/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Do Amazon's Movement-Tracking Wristbands Violate Workers' Privacy Rights?, Entrepreneur, June 2018; available at https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/314696
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Amgen Decision Puts Billions in Antibody Patents at Risk, Tech Transfer Tactics, July 2018; available at https://techtransfercentral.com/2018/07/25/amgen-decision-puts-billions-in-antibody-patents-at-risk/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Who's an Employee? The Impact of Dynamex, Daily Journal, April 2018; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/mcle/308
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp., Westlaw Journal IP, Vol. 25, Issue 6, July 3, 2018
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Protecting Cannabis IP, Daily Journal, August 2018; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/348981-a-hybrid-strategy-for-protecting-your-cannabis-related-ip
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, On Amazon’s Labor Tracking Wristband, Los Angeles Lawyer, September 2018, Pages 19-21; available at https://www.lacba.org/docs/default-source/lal-back-issues/2018-issues/september-2018.pdf
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, EP’s Louboutin Decision Opens the Door for U.S. Businesses to Protect Their Color/Shape Brands in Europe, IP Watchdog, September 2018; available at https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2018/09/04/eps-louboutin-decision-opens-door-for-color-shape-brands-europe/id=100692/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, EU High Court Oks Color Trademark for Louboutin Shoes, Daily Journal, November 2018; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/350083-eu-high-court-oks-color-trademark-for-louboutin-shoes
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Sealing Celebrity Confidential Info, Daily Journal, November 2018
  • Dariush Adli, California Supreme Court’s Dynamex Decision – Less Impact Than Meets the Eye?, Lawyer Monthly, Dec. 2018, pp. 52-53; available at https://www.lawyer-monthly.com/2018/11/california-supreme-courts-dynamex-decision-less-impact-than-meets-the-eye/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Protecting Your IP Is (No Surprise) Even Harder in the Cannabis Business, Green Entrepreneur, January 2019; available at https://www.greenentrepreneur.com/article/324845
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, The Music Modernization Act Revamps Music Licensing, The Recorder, March 2019; available at https://www.law.com/therecorder/2019/02/27/the-music-modernization-act-revamps-music-licensing/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Recent Cases Show Federal Circuit Is Concerned About ‘Over Abstracting’ Rejections of Method/ Process Patents, IP Watchdog, April 2019; available at https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/04/02/recent-cases-show-cafc-concerned-over-abstracting-rejections-method-process-patents/id=107876/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Must the Government Register Obscene Trademarks?, Business Law Today, April 2019; available at https://businesslawtoday.org/2019/04/must-government-register-obscene-trademarks/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Navigating California’s Complex Cannabis Industry, IP Watchdog, April 2019; available at: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/04/20/californias-complex-cannabis-industry-entrepreneurs-guide/id=108451/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Sealing Celebrity Confidential Information as a Matter of Public Interest, Los Angeles Lawyer, May 2019, pp 18-21; available at https://lalawyer.advanced-pub.com/?issueID=3&pageID=21
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Countering Cultural Appropriation Through Trademark Laws, IP Watchdog, July 2019; available at https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/07/31/countering-cultural-appropriation-trademark-laws/id=111746/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, TM Law Obstacles To Challenging Cultural Appropriation, Law360, September 2019; available at https://www.law360.com/articles/1196407/tm-law-obstacles-to-challenging-cultural-appropriation
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, INSIGHT: Mallinckrodt Impacts Patent Protection for Medical Treatment Methods, Bloomberg Law, November 2019; available at https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/insight-mallinckrodt-impacts-patent-protection-for-medical-treatment-methods?context=search&index=1
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, No OFFENSE intended?, Los Angeles Lawyer, November 2019, pp 20-25; available at https://lalawyer.advanced-pub.com/?issueID=8&pageID=1
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Patentability of Medical Treatment Methods, Intellectual Property Magazine, November 2019; available at https://www.intellectualpropertymagazine.com/patent/ino-therapeutics-llcino-therapeutics-llc-v-praxair-distribution-inc-137802.htm
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, The Value Of Cannabis Patents To Cannabis Startups, National Cannabis Industry Association , November 2019; available at https://thecannabisindustry.org/member-blog-the-value-of-cannabis-patents-to-cannabis-startups/
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Understanding the Copyright Small Claims Court Law, Daily Journal, November 2019; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/355147
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Actor’s Parking Spat Highlights Line Between Fact, Opinion, Law360, Feb. 5, 2020, https://www.law360.com/articles/1241003/actor-s-parking-spat-highlights-line-between-fact-opinion
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Brand Genericness, Los Angeles Lawyer, March 2020, https://www.lacba.org/docs/default-source/lal-back-issues/2020-issues/march-2020.pdf
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Ruling will make it harder to prove copyright infringement, Daily Journal, April 3, 2020; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357037
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Supreme Court to decide if recovery of trademark infringer’s profits requires willfulness, Daily Journal, April 14, 2020; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357194
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, COVID-19 and Commercial Frustration, Daily Journal, April 23, 2020; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357375
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Patent Protection and the coronavirus, Daily Journal, May 7, 2020; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357566
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, High court ruling likely to make trademarks more valuable, Daily Journal, May 19, 2020; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357754
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Intellectual Property Protection for California Cannabis Businesses, Daily Journal, June 11, 2020; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/357917
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Trademark willfulness and profit recovery, Intellectual Property Magazine, April 23, 2020, p. 53; available at https://www.intellectualpropertymagazine.com/patent/romag-fasteners-inc-v-fossil-inc-141662.htm?origin=internalSearch
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Coming Revisions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, Daily Journal, July 1, 2020; available at https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/358374
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Intellectual Property Guidance for Cannabis Products and Services, Intellectual Property Magazine, September, 2020, p. 10; available at https://www.intellectualpropertymagazine.com/patent/romag-fasteners-inc-v-fossil-inc-141662.htm?origin=internalSevarch
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Inexpensive yet effective IP protection in the age of COVID-19, Daily Journal, January 21, 2021.
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Protecting the Vaccine, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, February, 2021, p. 19; available at https://lalawyer.advanced-pub.com/?issueID=22&pageID=21
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Design patents: the forgotten, underappreciated sibling of utility patents, Daily Journal, February 25, 2021.
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Consideration of Non-Traditional Trademarks in Branding Strategy, Daily Journal, May 4, 2021.
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, Dealing with Contracts Affected by COVID-19, Part 2, Daily Journal, May 11, 2021.
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, The importance of brands to businesses in the post-COVID economy, Daily Journal, June 17, 2021
  • Dr. Dariush Adli, COVID Impacted Contracts Post Shutdown, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, September, 2021, pp. 13-18; available at https://lalawyer.advanced-pub.com/?issueID=28&pageID=15


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