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Dan Crouse Joins Lee & Hayes

Monday, June 21, 2010

Spokane, WA -- Lee & Hayes, pllc, announced today that well-known intellectual property attorney Dan Crouse has joined the firm. He will be a key member of the firm’s rapidly expanding Seattle office and focus extensively on client counseling issues in an of counsel capacity.

Crouse was at Microsoft Corporation for 10 years, last serving as the deputy general counsel managing the Microsoft Patent Group. He left Microsoft in 2003 and has been advising a myriad of nonprofit organizations, including Groundwire, Experience Learning Community, and PATH on intellectual property and other issues.

“Dan’s extensive experience and knowledge of the complex issues associated with running an in-house patent program at a Fortune 100 company makes him a perfect fit for our clients,” said Lewis Lee, who co-founded the firm with Dan Hayes in 1994. “He knows the intricacies of how to plan, initiate, and grow a world-class portfolio, and how to convey that strategy clearly to executives. He is a great resource to emerging and established technology clients trying to negotiate the multitude of intellectual property issues facing technology companies in this century.”

Lee & Hayes provides a wide range of intellectual property, transactional, corporate and tax counseling services to leading technology companies. Providing creative and experienced counsel to those established and newly emerging technology clients is a key element of the Lee & Hayes long-term vision and commitment.

Crouse was one of the key architects of the original Microsoft patent portfolio development strategy. He negotiated patent cross-license agreements, developed Microsoft’s patent license program, and provided counsel to clients and lawyers on a host of transactional and strategic matters.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with some of the exciting clients the Lee & Hayes represents,” Crouse said. “New and emerging technology companies face a number of challenges, and I look forward to helping them through the complex intellectual property issues they encounter.”

Lee & Hayes has received national recognition for its work in development and commercialization of IP portfolios for large multinational corporations, including a top ranking for quality computer and software patents from American Lawyer magazine. The firm employs more than 40 attorneys and patent agents in offices in Spokane, Seattle and Austin.

Crouse earned his electrical engineering degree at Iowa State University and his law degree at the University of Iowa. He was a partner at Christensen, O’Connor, Johnson and Kindness prior joining Microsoft.

About Lee & Hayes

Lee & Hayes employs more than 80 people. Founded on the vision of delivering quality, customized IP legal services in a timely, efficient and responsive manner, Lee & Hayes has been recognized as a legal industry leader in the business of IP. The firm offers tailored patent, corporate, counseling and transactional services that integrate seamlessly with a client’s business objectives. Visit for more information.

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