Charles Courtenay practises in the London office of Latham & Watkins. He is a member of the Litigation Department and the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Courtenay’s practice focuses upon intellectual property and complex litigation, with particular emphasis on cross border and technology matters. He has litigated numerous patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases, along with a number of important contract disputes focused upon software and other high tech industries. Mr. Courtenay’s dual qualification (he is a barrister in England and Wales as well as a California attorney) allows him to represent and advise clients on a number of international issues, taking full advantage of Latham & Watkins’ global presence.
Mr. Courtenay plays an active role in Latham & Watkins’ pro bono program, and has represented a number of nonprofit entities on that basis. He is active in his local community, and is proud to have introduced local pro bono clients to the firm. Mr. Courtenay also plays a leading role in Latham & Watkins’ community, having been a long-standing member of the firm’s Mentoring and Recruiting Committees. He currently serves on the Ethics Committee.
Before joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Courtenay was a Chancery barrister in Lincoln’s Inn, London. After a Masters in Art History from Cambridge University, Mr. Courtenay completed his legal studies at the Inns of Court. In 1999 he was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple, before practicing from the Chambers of Michael Driscoll, QC.
Mr. Courtenay’s major recent matters include:
- Complete defense of a leading international live music promotions and ticketing company in a near US$1 billion dollar breach of contract arbitration relating to ticketing software before the ICC in London
- Representation of one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers in a global trademark dispute
- Representation of leading Chinese video games manufacturer in international copyright dispute
- Representation of an international group of companies in patent infringement litigation in the Eastern District of Texas focused upon massively-multiplayer computer gaming technology
- Successful prosecution of a trade secret misappropriation case in California Superior Court, resulting in US$18.1 million jury verdict
- Complete defense verdict in JAMS arbitration for leading Canadian software firm in US$50 million development dispute with second largest US school district
- Represented leading global software company in prosecuting patent and false advertising claims against competitor in the field of media servers
- Complete defense verdict for a major consultancy firm and a group of leading economists in a trade secret misappropriation arbitration before JAMS involving computer software for electronic auctions
- Complete defense verdict for a leading international marketing and advertising company in an arbitration before JAMS involving breach of contract claims arising from the marketing of a hair loss product
- Summary judgment for a leading manufacturer of infra-red detectors in a multimillion dollar trade secret misappropriation and patent claim in the Eastern District of Texas
- Successful prosecution of a trade secret misappropriation claim on behalf of a healthcare software company against a former employee who had moved to a major competitor
- Summary judgment on behalf of major enterprise software company and three of its executive officers in a US$3 billion securities fraud class action arising from a missed earnings forecast in 2001
- Successfully represented leading internet security and anti-virus software company in curtailing anti-competitive conduct of a leading industry rival in Europe and the US