Overview

Bryan Hales is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer with a focus on patent and trade secret litigation. He has won jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations first chair. Recent highlights include:

  • the successful defense as lead trial counsel of a major pharmaceutical company in a multi-hundred million dollar arbitration;
  • securing a $14 million fee award after a successful defense of ZimmerBiomet in a 13-year dispute with Howmedica;
  • the successful defense as lead trial counsel for ZimmerBiomet in a multi-hundred-million dollar arbitration after a 10-day trial;
  • winning a multi-patent case as lead trial counsel for Sandoz over its proposed generic version of ophthalmologic drugs; and
  • the successful defense as co-trial counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in two separate billion-dollar-plus arbitrations.

In each year since 2015, Bryan has been listed in the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals for Litigation. He is also recognized in Patent Litigation: Full Coverage in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 United States.

Bryan has litigated and counseled on patent matters for companies of various sizes across a variety of complex industries and technologies including medical devices, optical networking, pharmaceuticals, 3-D technology, material compositions, DNA array technology, automotive components, and communications software and devices.

Bryan has litigated and tried cases in various forums, including the International Trade Commission, district courts across the U.S. and arbitration proceedings. He has worked on appellate matters before the Federal and Seventh Circuits. Bryan has also handled cases with international counterparts, including working with solicitors and barristers on a trial in the UK.

Bryan has represented a number of companies seeking to manage their patent portfolios as revenue centers through active licensing programs, to complement the revenue generated by product and service offerings. He led a discussion on that topic at the Licensing Executives Society: “Litigation as a Licensing Tool.” He has also spoken or lectured at the American Conference Institute, the Society for Automotive Engineers, and at an Intellectual Property for Engineers course.

Bryan also has extensive experience relating to inter partes review, and ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings, particularly as employed as part of a comprehensive defense strategy while engaged in district court litigation.

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Recognition

Listed in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 IAM Patent 1000

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Patent Litigation: Full Coverage, 2018

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1996Texas
  • 1997Illinois

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education

  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1996
    Order of the Coif
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyB.S.magna cum laude1993