Ann Marie Wahls is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. She has extensive experience in high-stakes intellectual property business disputes with a focus on complex, multi-patent litigation matters.
Ms. Wahls has 15 years of experience litigating patent infringement matters across a range of industries. She has particular litigation and trial experience in biotechnology, oil and gas, automotive products, medical devices, and cellular industries. She regularly handles high-profile matters for both plaintiffs and defendants that involve key portfolio patents and products. She has litigated and tried both bench and jury trials in US federal courts and before the International Trade Commission.
Ms. Wahls also has significant experience litigating federal Lanham Act false advertising and state-based unfair competition cases. She routinely provides legal guidance and advice to clients regarding intellectual property strategies, including competitor patent review, product design, and advertising.
Ms. Wahls is a board member of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).
- “The Aftermath of State Street Bank & Trust v. Signature Financial Group: Effects of United States Electronic Commerce Business Method Patentability on International Legal And Economic Systems,” 50 DePaul L. Rev. 313 (2000)
- “Synthesis and Characterization of Fumarate-Based Polyesters for Use in Bioresorbable Bone Cement Composites,” 66 J. Applied Polymer Sci. 1123 (1997)
Ms. Wahls’ representative active matters include:
- Samsung v. NVIDIA (E.D. Va.): Counsel representing defendant in five-patent case relating to semiconductor technologies. Trial on one of the asserted patents resulted in a finding of noninfringement and invalidity for NVIDIA. Trial set for early 2016 on remaining asserted patents.
- Acacia v. Schlumberger (W.D. Tex.) Co-lead trial counsel defending case brought by Acacia subsidiary Dynamic 3D Geosolutions on geological modeling software used for oil and gas exploration. Obtained case dismissal based on successful disqualification of all opposing counsel. Counsel on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
Ms. Wahls’ representative prior matters include:
- RLIS v. Allscripts (S.D. Tex.): Co-lead trial counsel representing defendant in patent infringement case relating to electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Case favorably settled.
- Monsanto v. DuPont & Pioneer Hi-Bred (D. Mo.): Counsel in 14-patent offensive case relating to automated genetic sampling methods for seeds, called “seed chipping.” Case favorably settled.
- Paice v. Ford Motor Co. (D. Md.) Counsel representing defendant in five-patent case relating to hybrid vehicle technologies. Defeated two motions to preliminarily enjoin Ford from filing IPRs to challenge the asserted patents. Case stayed pending resolution of IPRs.
- (C.D. Cal.) Co-lead trial counsel defending leading pet food manufacturer in patent infringement suit regarding the use of genomic data to design nutritional diets for pets. Court granted summary judgment under 35 U.S.C. §101 in defendant’s favor.*
- (N.D. Il.) Co-lead trial counsel representing industry-leading household vacuum manufacturer in Lanham Act false advertising case to permanently enjoin false and misleading claims made by its primary competitor. After summary judgment was granted in client’s favor, case favorably settled.*
- (N.D. Oh.) Co-lead trial counsel defending principle aftermarket automotive filter manufacturer in multiple patent cases relating to oil and air filter designs and uses. All cases favorably settled.*
- (ITC) Counsel representing industry-leading cellular phone manufacturer in patent infringement suit related to cell phone functionality.*
- (D.N.J.) Counsel representing preeminent orthopedic device manufacturer in patent infringement suit brought by competitor related to highly cross-linked polymers used for orthopedic devices.
- (N.D. Cal.) Co-lead trial counsel representing leading pet food manufacturer in Lanham Act false advertising case to permanently enjoin false and misleading claims made by a primary competitor. Case favorably settled after trial.*
- (S.D. Tex.) Co-trial counsel for major oil and gas corporation in patent infringement litigation related to drag reducing agents. Defendants found to infringe and ordered to pay full damages amount after bench trial.*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham