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Tharan Gregory Lanier

Tharan Gregory Lanier

Jones Day

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Greg Lanier is Partner-in-Charge and head of litigation in Jones Day's Silicon Valley Office. Greg handles intellectual property and complex business litigation matters for clients based in Silicon Valley and around the globe. He also advises on IP and litigation issues arising in business transactions, such as M&A. Greg's experience covers a diverse range of technologies, from software to semiconductors to life sciences.

Greg has tried cases to juries, judges, and arbitration panels across the U.S. and has argued before a variety of federal and state appellate courts, including the Federal Circuit.

Greg serves on the Leadership Board of the College of Arts & Sciences at Santa Clara University.

Experience Highlights
  • Kyocera battles against "sticky path" computer display accusations
  • Kyocera protects its cell phones against patent infringement allegations
  • Sybase obtains favorable settlement in patent infringement claim related to mobile security technology

Areas of Focus

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Litigation

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized as an "IP Star" by Managing IP, as a "Lawyer of the Week" by The American Lawyer, and numerous times as a "Super Lawyer"
  • Listed in The Legal 500 US (2013) for patent litigation


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1988; Moot Court Board); Santa Clara University (B.A. cum laude 1985)
  • Bar Admissions
  • California, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits, all U.S. District Courts in California, and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas and District of Colorado

Government Service

  • Judicial Extern, Central Staff Attorney's Office, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (August-December 1987)

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