Charles Courtenay

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Charles Courtenay is based in the London office of Latham & Watkins. He previously practiced in the firm’s Los Angeles office for 8 years. Mr. Courtenay is both a barrister and a California attorney, and is a member of Latham's Litigation Department. His extensive experience covers intellectual property, technology, and banking litigation and arbitration, with specific focus upon cross-border and complex disputes. 

Mr. Courtenay has established a practice focused upon intellectual property and other complex disputes, with particular emphasis on cross-border and technology matters. He has litigated and advised in many major IP matters (including 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 has taken key matters to trial and arbitration, winning a number of important and valuable decisions, and has represented clients before many regulatory agencies. 

Mr. Courtenay also recently spent time seconded to the litigation group of a major investment bank in London, where he managed an array of complex banking matters across the globe.  

Mr. Courtenay’s dual qualification (he is a barrister in England and Wales as well as a California attorney) and his extensive experience across jurisdictions allows him to represent and advise clients facing the most challenging international issues, and makes him well-placed to support Latham's global clients. 

Mr. Courtenay plays an active role in Latham's pro bono program, and has successfully represented a number of non-profit clients. He also plays a leading role in Latham's 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, Mr. Courtenay was a Chancery barrister in Lincoln’s Inn, London. After taking an Art History Masters from Cambridge University, he 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.


Charles Courtenay’s major 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 
  • Complete defense verdict in JAMS arbitration for a leading Canadian software firm in a US$50 million development dispute with the second largest US school district 
  • Successful prosecution of a trade secret misappropriation case in California Superior Court, resulting in a US$18 million jury verdict 
  • Complete defense verdict for a major global consultancy firm and leading economists in trade secret misappropriation arbitration before JAMS over software for electronic auctions 
  • Representation of one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers in a global trademark dispute 
  • Representation of a leading Chinese video games manufacturer in an 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 
  • Represented a Japanese engineering company in response to bribery investigations by DOJ, SFO and others in relation to a Nigerian LNG deal 
  • Represented a global software company in prosecuting patent and false advertising claims against a competitor in the field of media servers 
  • 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 
  • Defense of a manufacturer of infrared detectors in a multi-million dollar trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement claim in the Eastern District of Texas 
  • 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 a 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 
  • Successfully represented a leading internet security and anti-virus software company in curtailing anti-competitive conduct of a leading industry rival in Europe and the US 

Thought Leadership 

  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules "First Sale" Doctrine Applies to Foreign-Made Goods 
  • Where Do You Sue Over An App? 
  • Practical Implications of the America Invents Act on United States Patent Litigation