Lawrence Gotts is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and member of the firm's global Intellectual Property Practice. Mr. Gotts has handled more than 130 patent and other intellectual property cases, including approximately 17 patent trials and eight Federal Circuit appellate arguments, representing both patentees and defendants. He has litigated and tried cases in federal district courts throughout the United States, as well as before the International Trade Commission and the Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Gotts is also admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court and the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Gotts is consistently recognized as a leading intellectual property lawyer and has received the following accolades:
- Chambers Global, 2016-2018 — “Lawrence Gotts is renowned for IP and particularly patent litigation, and also advises clients on commercial IP matters. He is praised by sources for being ‘very attuned to the client’s concerns’ and for his ‘extremely good judgement.’”
- IAM Patent 1000, 2017 — “Recent highlights for Gotts include a trial win with full damages for Seoul Semiconductor against Enplas Display Device – a mission-critical triumph that cemented the former’s dominance in the field of LED television backlighting.”
- Chambers USA, 2004-2017 — Ranked among the group of the top 10 IP litigators within the top 2 bands in Washington, D.C. by Chambers and Partners. Chambers notes that “[a] number of sources attest to his gift for strategic thinking,” and that clients say “is a brilliant attorney” that “can read the minds of the judges and opposing counsel.” In addition, Mr. Gotts is “respected throughout the country for his prolific and highly successful work as a patent litigator.”
- Top 10 Most Admired Intellectual Property Attorneys, Law360, 2010 — Named by IPLaw360 as one of the top “10 Most Admired IP attorneys” in the U.S., noting “ability to exploit the most complex aspects of a patent dispute while presenting a straightforward and undeniable argument at trial” and describing Mr. Gotts as “among the crème de la crème of IP litigators.”
- Aerospace & Defense MVP, Law360, 2014 — “Over the course of a decade, Gotts helped the company jump through hoops that go along with suing the government, and ultimately negotiated a record-breaking settlement,” which “is believed to the largest settlement against the government in a patent case over the past decade.”
- Legal Lion, Law360, 2014 — “Latham & Watkins extracted a US$75 million settlement from the U.S. government on behalf of Honeywell International Inc. in a dispute over whether Uncle Sam had violated its patents for technology used in night vision goggles.”
- The Legal 500 US, 2008-2015 — Lawrence Gotts is recommended “in Washington, D.C. for his litigation strategy skills” as a member of Latham’s Patent Litigation team who “provides ‘best of the best service’ on complex patent litigation matters.”
- Top Washington IP Lawyer, Washington Business Journal, 2004 — Named the number one IP lawyer in Washington, D.C. in 2004
- Who’s Who Legal: Patents, 2014-2015 — Listed as a leading patents lawyer in the Who's Who Legal: Patents 2014 and 2015 guide
- Super Lawyers, 2007-2016 — Recognized nine years in a row.
Mr. Gotts' experience includes representing:
- Honeywell International in a patent infringement action against the US government, Lockheed Martin and L-3 Communications in the Court of Federal Claims, including infringement determination, determination of validity and successful appeal pertaining to client’s assertion of patent directed to night vision goggle technology. Following multiple trials and successful Federal Circuit appeal, judgment entered for Honeywell for US$75 million – believed to be the largest patent award against the Government in over a decade and the second largest in history.
- Time Warner Cable in defense of 12-patent infringement action directed at Time Warner Cable’s VoIP phone service brought by Sprint, in which Sprint seeks several hundred million dollars in damages.
- AU Optronics in a patent and breach of license international arbitration relating to e-ink technology. Settled following three week arbitration.
- A major LCD panel maker in a multi-week international arbitration relating to IP license and ownership provisions and obligations under a development agreement related to electronic ink technologies.
- Seoul Semiconductor in a 2-patent jury trial relating to LED television backlighting technology against Enplas Display Devices, resulting in verdict for Seoul Semiconductor of induced infringement, validity, willfulness and a multi-million dollar damage award.
- Seoul Semiconductor in an 11-patent action against Philips Lumileds in Central District of California pertaining to AC LED and LED lighting technologies, including defending against issuance of a preliminary injunction
- AU Optronics, an LCD display module manufacturer, through a trial victory in a multi-patent action brought by LG Display, directed to TFT, semiconductor mask and processing technologies resulting in an across-the-board determination of non-infringement of all four asserted patents, defeating asserted damages claim of approximately US$800 million*
- Honeywell International in a patent infringement suit against Philips Lumileds and Cree pertaining to LED technology*
- Winbond Electronics, a semiconductor chip manufacturer, in patent infringement defense*
- M-Star Semiconductor in patent infringement and ITC defense directed to semiconductor display controller chip technology*
- Materials sciences instrumentation manufacturer through a jury trial and appeal victory in a patent infringement action resulting in US$17 million verdict and injunction against primary competitor and defeating US$45M patent counterclaim*
- Major sports equipment manufacturer in multi-patent infringement actions in multiple Federal District Court forums*
- Fortune 100 oil company client through a successful trial resulting in US$13 million jury verdict, injunction and finding of willfulness*
- Aerosol valve manufacturer through a successful jury trial resulting in US$10 million damage award, injunction against primary competitor and finding of willfulness, as well as defeating multi-million patent counterclaim*
- Nation’s largest mobile telephone inter-carrier SMS message service provider for a patent claim in the Eastern District of Virginia’s “rocket docket”*
- Patentees and accused infringers through ongoing and past matters in the Eastern District of Texas, including matters pertaining to emergency vehicle light bar technology, telecommunications technology and GPS technology*
- Major telecommunications company successfully in defense of trade secret dispute brought by third party pertaining to privacy product offering resulting in nominal settlement*
- RBOC successfully in a US$50-100 million patent case pertaining to Internet telecommunications services resulting in nominal settlement*
- Major call center software system provider in defense of multi-patent dispute pertaining to automatic call distributor patents resulting in dismissal of case following favorable Markman rulings*
- Major life sciences company in patent infringement litigation regarding mass spectrometry resulting in highly successful global settlement*
*These matters were handled prior to Mr. Gotts joining Latham & Watkins