Gabrielle LaHatte is an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice in Latham’s San Francisco office.

Ms. LaHatte represents clients in the federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and in appeals before the Federal Circuit. Her experience includes matters covering a range of complex technologies, including biologics, biotechnology, medical devices, voice codecs, vehicle control systems, and telecommunications.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. LaHatte served as a law clerk to Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and chief staff attorney and law clerk for Chief Judge Leonard Davis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Before her clerkships, Ms. LaHatte prosecuted biotechnology and mechanical patents at a regional intellectual property boutique.

Ms. LaHatte received her BS, magna cum laude, in Biochemistry, from Clemson University. During graduate school, she pursued a dual degree, earning her JD and master’s in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.

Ms. LaHatte currently serves as a member of the Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Planning Committee and the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s model jury instruction subcommittee. She is also a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Inn of Court.

Publications and Presentations

  • Anti-Trust Implications on the Enforcement of Patents. Rock-Paper-Scissors, When Can a Statutory Prohibition Trump a Constitutionally Granted Monopoly?, 2019 Eastern District of Texas Bench & Bar Conference, Panelist
  • Managing Parallel District Court and PTAB Proceedings, 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench & Bar Conference, Panel Coordinator
  • Gabrielle LaHatte et. al., Considerations for the Commercialization of Medical Devices: The Changing Legal Landscape, Surgical Innovations in Glaucoma (Dr. Ike Ahmed et al. eds., 2014)
  • Gabrielle LaHatte, Reverse Payments: When the Federal Trade Commission Can Attack the Validity of Underlying Patents, 2 J. LAW, TECH. & INTERNET 37 (2011)
  • Manfre AJ, LaHatte G, Climer CR and Marcotte Jr, WR. (2008) “Seed dehydration and the establishment of desiccation tolerance during seed maturation is altered in the Arabidopsis thaliana mutant atem6-1,” Plant & Cell Physiol. 50: 243-253

Thought Leadership

  • “Octane Fitness and Highmark Decisions Turn Three,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (May 2017)

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Oregon


  • JD, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2012
    cum laude
  • MS in Biochemistry, Case Western Reserve University, 2012
    cum laude
  • BS in Biochemistry, Clemson University, 2007
    magna cum laude