Jake Vannette is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Vannette represents clients in intellectual-property litigation in federal district and appellate courts, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and in the International Trade Commission. His experience covers an array of technologies, including control systems, electrical devices, communication systems, and materials science.

Mr. Vannette has participated in all phases of litigation, including pre-suit investigations, fact and expert discovery, preliminary and permanent injunction requests, witness preparation, discovery and dispositive motion practice, claim construction, trial preparation, trial and post-trial practice, and appellate practice. As a former law clerk, Mr. Vannette is skilled at presenting his clients’ arguments clearly, concisely, and persuasively both in the courtroom and in writing.

Mr. Vannette maintains an active pro bono practice. He has represented clients at the PTO, veterans before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, asylum applicants in immigration court, and supporting a guardian ad litum.

Before joining Latham, Mr. Vannette was an associate at a major international law firm, where he litigated all forms of intellectual-property disputes, engaged in patent prosecution, and performed due-diligence activities. Mr. Vannette also previously served as a law clerk to Judge Sharon Prost of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for Judge Robert W. Schroeder III of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Mr. Vannette’s experience includes:

  • Defended a major electronics supplier in defense of a patent-infringement charge at the ITC; Administrative Law Judge issued a favorable initial determination*
  • Argued as appellate counsel for major public university and secured a Rule 36 affirmance related to a request for attorneys’ fees*
  • Served as trial counsel for a supplier to rail and transportation industries in two-week jury trial on eight patents*
  • Advised a clothing company in trademark litigation and brand protection*
  • Represented asylum applicant in immigration court and obtained asylum*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • JD, University of Illinois College of Law, 2016
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University, 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French