Russell J. Crain



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Russ Crain advises clients on legal issues that arise in the development, enforcement, licensing, and use of technology. He drafts and negotiates technology agreements for both suppliers and customers; he advises clients in the development and management of intellectual property portfolios; and he assists clients in a wide-range of enforcement activities.

Mr. Crain is experienced in intellectual property litigation, from pre-trial investigations through jury trials and appeals. He has litigated in federal courts in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Ohio, and Texas, representing clients in the software, IT services, telecommunications, medical device, and manufacturing industries. He has also represented clients in appeals and other proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Related Experience

During his time with Baker Botts, Mr. Crain has been seconded on multiple occasions to serve as in-house counsel to firm clients for extended periods. In his role as in-house counsel, his responsibilities included:

  • Managing and negotiating technology transactions
  • Developing licensing and outsourcing best practices and procedures
  • Evaluating innovations in cloud services and network security
  • Drafting open-source software policies and documentation
  • Developing intellectual property policies and procedures
  • Managing intellectual property litigation related to IT services software and network equipment

Mr. Crain has substantial experience with technologies including:

  • Wireless and wireline network equipment and software
  • Online traffic monitoring and analysis software
  • Cloud storage and processing
  • Internet security software
  • Touch screen software and hardware
  • Smartphone hardware and applications
  • Flash memory devices
  • Broadband-over-powerline equipment
  • Alternative energy systems
  • Medical devices
  • Financial services software and products

Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Crain worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry. His work in that field included software development and testing, system design and integration, and process control. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of quality control procedures and systems for the manufacture and assembly of aircraft components.


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