Education

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 2014), cum laude
  • Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2011)

Tony Rowles is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focuses on high-tech patent litigation. Mr. Rowles' experience includes representing clients in district court patent litigation, appeals at the Federal Circuit, section 337 investigations at the International Trade Commission, and prosecution and post-grant review proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Rowles has experience in all aspects of IP litigation, including analyzing and valuing large IP portfolios; managing complex source code review, working closely with expert witnesses, arguing claim construction at Markman hearings, and examining and cross-examining witnesses at trial. Mr. Rowles also represents clients in a variety of other technology-related areas, including IP licensing and commercial disputes regarding IP ownership.

Mr. Rowles earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, Mr. Rowles earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating, Mr. Rowles worked as a researcher developing robotic solutions to retail inventory management as part of Intel’s “Future of Retail” project. Mr. Rowles has also worked as an engineer in the defense industry, developing machine vision and sensor tools for military platforms. Prior to attending Carnegie Mellon, Mr. Rowles served as an Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Army.

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Representative Matters

  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple (W.D. Wis.)
    Represented WARF, the patent management foundation for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple relating to the speculative instruction execution in iPhone and iPad processors. Mr. Rowles played a central role in developing the technical side of WARF’s damages case, which involved testimony from seven expert witnesses. After a two-week trial, at which Mr. Rowles took an expert witness, the jury awarded WARF damages in excess of $234 million at a royalty rate of $1.61 per unit. The judgment more than doubled to $506 million post-trial when the Court awarded WARF ongoing royalties at an enhanced rate of $2.74 per unit. Currently representing WARF on appeal and in a related case concerning additional Apple products.
  • Immersion v. Apple (International Trade Commission, D. Del.)
    Represented Immersion, longtime developer of tactile feedback or “haptic” technology, in a Section 337 investigation against Apple and AT&T and a related district court case in Delaware and advised Immersion regarding parallel litigation in China. Apple also filed fourteen IPR petitions challenging the asserted patents; all but four were denied at the institution stage. Mr. Rowles took the lead role in developing Immersion’s technical domestic industry case, including examining Immersion’s technical domestic industry expert at trial. Mr. Rowles also argued at the Markman hearing and cross-examined several Apple engineers. Apple and Immersion reached confidential settlement and license agreements just days before the Chief ALJ’s decision was set to be issued.  
  • Intel v. Future Link Systems (D. Del.)
    Represented Future Link Systems in a declaratory judgment action originally brought by Intel seeking relief with respect to nine patents. Future Link counterclaimed for infringement of fifteen patents related to performance, power efficiency, and security features in Intel’s processor architectures. Mr. Rowles joined the Future Link team after summary judgment to assist with trial strategy and handle the examination of one of Future Link’s damages experts. With every one of Intel’s high-volume processors accused of infringing multiple patents, Future Link’s damages demand was on the order of $10 billion. Shortly before trial, Intel agreed to a confidential settlement.
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Department of Veterans Affairs