Max Grant serves as trial counsel in patent infringement cases and provides strategic business counseling on intellectual property issues. He led Latham & Watkins’ Intellectual Property Litigation Practice from 2009-2014, a period during which the group recruited 17 lateral partners from six different firms, as well as over 70 technically trained associates and analysts, and won the Chambers USA Award for Excellence. Mr. Grant has tried over a dozen patent cases and is recognized as an experienced and innovative first chair trial lawyer.
- "One client observes that 'he really impressed us and understood the bottom line, which is that the law is a tool for business.'" – Chambers USA
- “Tough, tenacious [and] recommended" in the ITC; is an "experienced first-chair litigator" with "an excellent track record in life science cases." – The Legal 500 US
- Recognized three times with Innovative Lawyers Awards for work for C.R. Bard (2010), Cross Match Technologies (2012), and in building Latham’s IP group (2013) – Financial Times
- "Grant [is] a lawyer who is 'cut from the finest cloth'. The global IP litigation co-chair, he is an 'outstanding leader' with exceptional organizational skills. His trial skills are widely admired: 'His presentation is pristine and he has a background that sits well with the courtroom.'" – IAM Patent 1000
- “Top Washington IP Lawyer” – Washington Business Journal
Mr. Grant has tried six cases to verdict in the last three years, including a jury win in Delaware in October 2014 against Chinese telecom manufacturer ZTE.
He served as lead counsel in a significant victory for client C.R. Bard; after a six-week trial in the US District Court of Arizona, the jury found that W.L. Gore & Associates willfully infringed Bard’s patent, upheld the patent’s validity and awarded US$185 million in past damages. In 2009, the trial court enhanced the damages award and awarded attorney fees, and in 2010, the court awarded supplemental damages and a compulsory license. The total award is more than US$1.3 billion and the win was featured in a cover article in the November 2009 issue of The American Lawyer.
Mr. Grant joined Latham in 2002, after serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. In 2005, he was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Patent Public Advisory Committee, a nine-member board that advises the Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office on patent policy, and served a three-year term. Before attending law school, Mr. Grant served as an aide to Senator John McCain and as a Navy SEAL team leader. He is the co-inventor of two US patents.
Mr. Grant is admitted to practice before the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Sixth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, the Supreme Court, and numerous Federal District Courts (including the Eastern District of Texas). He also practices before the International Trade Commission (ITC). He is a member of the George Washington University Law School IP Advisory Board, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the New York IPLA, the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association and the ITC Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Grant's representative active matters include:
InterDigital v. ZTE (D. Del.): Lead trial counsel in one-week jury trial asserting three patents relating to 3G and WiFi wireless devices. October 2014 trial. Jury verdict that all asserted claims infringed and valid.
Monsanto v. DuPont & Pioneer Hi-Bred (D. Missouri): Lead trial counsel in 14-patent offensive case relating to automated genetic sampling methods for seeds, called "seed chipping." Trial date not set.
Acacia v. Schlumberger (W.D. Tex.): Lead counsel defending case brought by Acacia subsidiary on geographic modeling software used for oil exploration. Motion to dismiss for lack of patentable subject matter pending.
Samsung v. NVIDIA (E.D. Va.): Lead counsel representing defendant in 6-patent case regarding DRAM and cache memory. Trial date not set.
Delphix v. Actifio (N.D. Cal.): (N.D. Cal.; D. Mass.; PTO): Lead counsel in multi-jurisdictional litigation relating to virtual storage and infrastructure for database systems: five defensive and two offensive patents in CA; two offensive patents in MA; 12 IPRs pending. Defensive case stayed, offensive claims proceeding.
InterDigital v. Nokia (ITC; D. Del.): Trial counsel representing patent holder asserting two patents relating to 3G and LTE wireless devices. Trial set for March 2015.
AthenaHealth v. CareCloud (D. Mass.): Lead counsel for cloud-based health care records management. Case stayed pending CBM petition in PTO.
Cross Match Technologies v. Suprema & Mentalix (Fed.Cir.): Lead appellate counsel in en banc rehearing on applicability of exclusion orders for induced infringement.
RPost v. Constant Contact (E.D. Tex.): Lead counsel for national email marketing company in case brought by NPE. Trial date not set; motion to dismiss for lack of standing pending.
Create Ads v. Endurance Int’l Gp. & Constant Contact (D. Del.): Lead counsel for companies sued by NPE. Trial date not set; summary judgment motion for lack of patentable subject matter per 35 U.S.C. § 101 pending.
Mr. Grant's prior representations include:
InterDigital v. Samsung, Nokia, & ZTE (ITC): Lead trial counsel representing patentee asserting four patents relating to 3G wireless, WiFi and LTE devices, against three major device manufacturers. Trial conducted February 2014.
Medivation v. Univ. Calif. Regents & Jung (Calif.): Lead trial counsel representing biotech patent holder in 4-week state court trial regarding licensing rights to novel, small-molecule drugs used to treat prostate cancer arising from sponsored research agreement. Disputed compound acquired by J&J for $1 billion. Jury returned verdict in favor of Medivation in November 2013.
InterDigital v. Nokia, Huawei, & ZTE (ITC): Lead trial counsel representing patentee asserting seven patents relating to 3G wireless devices, including WCDMA and CDMA2000 capable mobile phones. Trial conducted February 2013.
Cross Match Technologies v. Suprema & Mentalix (ITC & E.D. Tex.): Lead trial counsel representing patentee against competitor involving proprietary biometric identification technologies (fingerprint scanners). ITC trial conducted March 2011, and Commission final determination issued exclusion order barring accused products from importation into the United States.
C.R. Bard v. W.L. Gore (D. Ariz.; Fed. Cir.): Lead trial counsel representing patentee in 6-week jury trial involving vascular grafts made of expanded teflon. Trial conducted in 2007. Jury verdict of willful infringement and $185 million in past damages. On post-trial motions, damages doubled to $371 million, awarded $19 million in fees. With compulsory license fees, total award to date over US$1.3 billion. Trial featured in November 2009 issue of The American Lawyer.
Wavetronix v. Electronic Integrated Systems (D. Utah): Lead trial counsel for defendant in patent case involving radar technology for traffic monitoring. Verdict of non-infringement after 14 days of bench trial proceedings. Affirmed on appeal.
DuPont v. Heraeus Materials Tech. (D. Del.; D. Or.): Lead trial counsel for defendant in multi-jurisdictional case relating to silver paste technology used in solar panel manufacturing. Allegedly infringing product responsible for US$600 million in annual revenue. Case favorably settled.
Pioneer Hi-Bred (DuPont) v. Monsanto (D. Iowa): Lead trial counsel for defendant in case relating to genetic seed vigor enhancement. Case favorable settled for no value after 35 U.S.C. § 101 motion to dismiss argued.
Schlumberger v. Baker Hughes (AAA Arb.): Lead trial counsel asserting four patents related to optical analysis of hydrocarbons in formation reservoirs. Retained eight weeks before trial set. Case favorably settled on eve of trial.
Mayo Labs v. Prometheus Labs (Fed. Cir.; S. Ct.): Represented appellant patentee in landmark Supreme Court case regarding patentable subject matter. Case lost in Supreme Court.