M. Craig Tyler
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Craig has significant experience in complex intellectual property litigation involving complicated technology in a variety of industries. Craig focuses on litigating and trying trade secret and patent infringement/validity matters for clients in the LED, LCD, software, Internet, telecommunications, medical device, pharmaceutical, gaming, e-learning, semiconductor, VoIP, computer-associated hardware, and oil and gas industries. In his 20-year career, he has litigated more than 160 technical cases involving claims of trade secret misappropriation and/or patent infringement cases, including eleven trials, in state and federal courts in Texas, Delaware, California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Kansas, Utah, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Nevada.
Craig also provides guidance, counseling, and coordination of IP (patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret) enforcement and defense efforts throughout the world. Specifically, he has assisted clients with patent-related issues in Japan, Taiwan, China, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Australia, and Canada. Through this work, Craig has developed a global network of trusted patent prosecutors and IP litigators, and these relationships enable him to counsel clients regarding patent enforcement issues outside the United States.
Craig has extensive experience in related technical litigation matters, such as breach of contract, trademark infringement, Lanham Act, copyright infringement, enforceability of covenants not to compete, and unfair competition claims. He has in-depth experience and training in ex parte/emergency proceedings for temporary and preliminary injunctions involving trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and patent infringement claims in both federal and state courts in Texas and other states.
An accomplished appellate lawyer, Craig has experience before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the appellate bars of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
In addition to his courtroom litigation experience, Craig has significant experience in AAA and JAMS arbitration proceedings. He has prosecuted patent and trademark applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, negotiated complex software and patent license agreements, drafted employment agreements concerning ownership of intellectual property, and counseled clients regarding the ownership, development, and protection of their intellectual property.