With decades of experience, Dion focuses on Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trials, and patent prosecution, counseling, and litigation. He has led nearly 150 PTAB trials. He also oversees large patent portfolios for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. He regularly advises companies on cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI). Dion is the deputy leader of the firm’s intellectual property practice, head of the firm’s PTAB team, leads the firm's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force, and serves on the firm’s Advisory Board. Dion was also named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Lawyer.
Dion represents public and private companies in the software, hardware, media, internet, telecommunications, medical device, aerospace, business methods, graphical user interfaces, fintech, and semiconductor industries. Dion also advises clients in the healthcare and automotive industry, particularly related to electric and autonomous vehicles, including in matters concerning AI-related technologies.
Dion has prepared and prosecuted thousands of patent applications. He has or is currently handling scores of post-grant proceedings, including reexaminations, inter partes reviews (IPRS), and covered business method reviews. In fact, he argued the second-ever IPR before the PTAB and has since handled more than 100 IPRs. He also regularly prepares noninfringement and invalidity opinions.
Dion also has an active litigation practice. In 2012, he was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” for Intellectual Property by California Lawyer. The magazine cited his role as part of the Morgan Lewis team that carried “a small technology company to a $140 million victory” in ActiveVideo v. Verizon in the Eastern District of Virginia. The win was one of the five largest patent damage awards in the United States, with a total expected recovery in excess of $260 million. Dion has also been annually recognized as a leading patent lawyer by IAM Patent 1000, The Legal 500, Managing IP, and Thomson Reuters.
Dion joined Morgan Lewis in 2004 after practicing intellectual property law at high-profile firms based in New York and Johannesburg, South Africa.
University of Johannesburg, South Africa, 1998, LL.B. (J.D.)
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1993, B.S.C. Aeronautical Engineering
U.S.District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Leading Lawyer, Intellectual property: Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings), The Legal 500 US (2022, 2023)
Recommended, Intellectual property: Patents: licensing, The Legal 500 US (2021–2023)
Recommended, Intellectual property: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters), The Legal 500 US (2021)
Recommended, Intellectual property: Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings), The Legal 500 US (2020, 2021)
Recognized, IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals (2017–2023)
Recognized, IP Patent Star – California, Managing Intellectual Property (2018–2023)
Ranked, Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution, California, Chambers USA (2017–2019)
Recognized, Northern California Super Lawyers (2013–2016)
"California Lawyer of the Year," Intellectual Property, California Lawyer (2012)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)