Fan (Alex) Liang, J.D. | Counsel 

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Phone: (256) 299-7366

Fax: 312-614-1873


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

(J.D. 2008)


Wuhan University

(Electronics information system and technology, B.E. 2004)

Bar and Court Admissions





Alex has extensive experience in the legal matters of both China and the U.S. He has dedicated himself to the state-of-the-art intellectual property legal issues. He as a team leader has successfully managed cases with great influences in the intellectual property fields.

Alex joined Foley & Lardner LLP after he graduated from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2008. He mainly focused on patent prosecution and litigation in communication and semiconductor industries.

Alex joined Geely Auto and worked on the intellectual issues when Geely intended to merge its business with Volvo. He founded the department of intellectual property of Geely. During his time at Geely as the department head, he was in charge of the intellectual property legal matters regarding the merger deal between Geely and Volvo. He coordinated the government of China, Volvo, Ford Motor with the technology and business department of Geely seeking mutual benefits.

Alex also litigated cases of cross-border patent infringement, trade secret violations, and 337 investigations for clients including international companies, state-owned corporations, start-up companies and publicly listed companies.


Alex has legal counsel experience when he worked for Hewlett Packard Enterprise responsible for intellectual property legal issues within areas of both Asian-pacific and Europe. He was responsible for the negotiation and review of the intellectual property legal matters during the business merger transactions. He was in charge of litigation matters regarding patent, trademark, and trade secrets. He also managed the operation of SEPs (standard essential patent) and related organizations. The estimated value of the M&A transactions conducted by Mr. Liang was 13.5 billion dollars and 8.8 billion dollars, respectively.

Leading cases

➢    Represented Client in a trade secret violation case in Virginia state court of the United States.
➢    Represented Client in a patent infringement case in United States District Court Northern District of Texas.
➢    Represented Client in a 337 investigation case initiated by the United States International Trade Commission.
➢    Represented Clients in cross-border intellectual property licensing and transfer transactions.
➢    Represented Client in high value M&A transactions (with transaction value of 13.5 billion dollars and 8.8 billion dollars, respectively)
➢    Represented a leading medical device company, conducting patentability analysis and preparing for future lawsuits against another leading company in the industry.
➢    Provided expert opinion of non-infringement, of which the opinions in the communication industry and circuit gene sequencing field played a pivotal role in the critical investment decision making process for clients.