Alyssa N. Lawson



Alyssa Lawson is a complex technology litigator who thrives on the challenging pace of patent law and disruptive technological innovation. Empathetic to her clients’ business needs, she provides creative and client-focused solutions to obtain the best possible outcomes with minimal risk and disruption to business while providing quality legal representation.

Alyssa represents Fortune 500 and technology companies across a diverse range of technologies, including HVAC systems, backup software and data security, interactive and monitored home security systems, pharmaceuticals, microarray technology, marine and flight navigational systems, semiconductor, and aircraft flame barriers. She also has experience serving clients in a consultative role, working to analyze and valuate the economic impact of patented technologies in high-volume patent portfolios and conducting IP risk assessments related to mergers and acquisitions.

Alyssa’s litigation experience includes representation at jury trials in complex, multi-million dollar patent litigation suits. She is admitted to practice in California, Minnesota, and numerous federal courts throughout the country.

Alyssa’s active pro bono practice focuses on representing clients before the USCIS and Immigration Court. She has also been involved in pro bono matters related to human rights and trafficking of women and children, veterans’ affairs, and animal welfare.

In her personal life, Alyssa actively volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of her late husband, who was lost to an aggressive form of lymphoma. She is also the team leader for Robins Kaplan’s Light the Night Walk team. In addition, Alyssa volunteers with a number of community-based organizations that work to clean up and improve Minneapolis neighborhoods.


Represented iControl Networks, Inc. in a number of patent infringement lawsuits between iControl and, including litigation involving Telular Corporation and FrontPoint Security. In the Eastern District of Virginia action, iControl asserted that the technology in’s interactive home security system infringed six of iControl’s patents. Serving as the senior associate on the case, Ms. Lawson was involved in all aspects of the case, including taking, defending, and preparing fact, corporate and expert witnesses for depositions and working with experts to analyze the technology and formulate opinions.  The disputes resolved in mediated settlement following the completion of fact and expert discovery, which was conducted over a brief four-month period, and resulted in a cross-license agreement representing some of the earliest, seminal intellectual property for Connected Home technology today. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented declaratory plaintiff MaxLinear, Inc. in a number of competitor cases against Silicon Laboratories, Inc. involving over 20 patents. Silicon Labs asserted that MaxLinear hybrid TV tuners infringed numerous Silicon Labs patents.  After defeating Silicon Labs’ motion for preliminary injunction and obtaining a positive claim construction ruling, the case settled for MaxLinear. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented eHarmony, Inc. in a patent infringement action brought by Click-to-Call Technologies LP related to Internet telephony services.  Ms. Lawson was responsible for all aspects of the case, including taking the lead on claim construction briefing and analysis, prior to its settlement. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented ADT Security Services and iControl Networks in federal patent infringement action against SIPCO, LLC involving wireless mesh network and remote control technology for use in home automation and security systems. The dispute was resolved in a settlement for ADT and iControl following SIPCO’s dismissal of three of the four patents brought against ADT. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented Affymetrix, Inc. on claims of patent infringement relating to microarray technology used for genetic testing and genomic analysis against competitor Illumina, Inc.  Illumina brought suit in 2009 accusing Affymetrix of infringing 54 claims of two patents directed to biological array formats and their methods of use.  The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin granted Affymetrix’s motion for summary judgment of noninfringement, holding that Affymetrix’s arrays and related equipment did not infringe any of the asserted claims. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

  • Named an “Up & Coming Attorney,” Minnesota Lawyer (2017)
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D. (2009); Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Bluebook Editor (2007-2009); Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic (2009)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy (2006); Certificate in Religious Studies (2006)
Professional Associations
  • Women Leading in Technology (WLiT)
  • Putting Down the Shield and Picking Up the Sword: Generating Value from Patents in an Economic Downturn
    Minnesota CLE 2020 Midwest IP Institute, Webinar (October 2, 2020)
  • Putting Down the Shield and Picking Up the Sword: Generating Value from Patents in an Economic Downturn
    Minnesota IP Law Association, Webinar (August 4, 2020)
  • The Power of Resilience
    Women Leading in Technology, Golden Valley, Minnesota (May 8, 2018)
  • New Procedural Developments in Patent Litigation and Their Implications
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 19, 2014)
October 1-2, 2020
WEBINAR | Minnesota CLE 2020 Midwest IP Institute
Aaron R. Fahrenkrog, Alyssa N. Lawson, Cyrus A. Morton - Minnesota CLE


Links to full publications and news releases.


June 2020
Trade Secrets: Safe as Houses
Christopher Larus, David Prange, Alyssa Bixby-Lawson - Intellectual Property Magazine
February 2018
Re-evaluating Companies' AI Protection Strategies
Managing Intellectual Property
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