Charles Sanders is a partner in the Boston office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters with an emphasis on patent litigation.
Mr. Sanders represents clients as lead counsel in federal district court, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the Federal Circuit. He has obtained multimillion-dollar settlements, ITC exclusion orders, summary judgments, and trial victories.
He has handled a diverse range of technologies, including those involving aircraft, acoustic equipment, automotive components, bio-therapeutics, electromechanical devices, environmental remediation, fluid separation, LEDs, MRI, MOCVD, OLEDs, medical devices, network security, pharmaceuticals, rare earth magnets, semiconductors, smart phones, software, spectroscopy, storage media, and wireless communication systems.
Mr. Sanders is admitted to practice before the Federal Court of Appeals for the Federal and Ninth Circuits, the Supreme Court, and numerous Federal District Courts. He is a member of the Boston Patent Law Association, Boston Bar Association, and the ITC Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Sanders was ranked as a leading lawyer in Massachusetts for his Intellectual Property work by Chambers USA 2018-2019 and The Best Lawyers in America 2020.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Sanders provides pro bono legal services to Project Citizenship and serves as a member of their Board of Directors. He also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Boys Town New England.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Sanders was a partner at another leading law firm.
- Mr. Sanders was quoted in “Patent Troll Suites Face New Obstacles at ITC,” Law360 (February 2014), and “Fed. Circ. Sets Hurdle For Using US Discovery Overseas,” Law360 (July 2015)
- Mr. Sanders' publications include:
- “Strategic Implications of Recent Changes in PTAB Proceedings” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal (2019)
- “Preemptive Use of Post-Grant Review vs. Inter Partes Review,” Law360 (2017)
- “How Teva Will Affect Section 337 Investigations,” Law360 (August 2015)
- “Domestic Industry Continued to Evolve at the ITC in 2014,” Law360 (January 2015)
- “Three Lessons Learned from Two Years at the US PTAB,” Intellectual Property Magazine (November 2014)
- “Flash of inspiration,” Intellectual Property Magazine (June 2014)
- “Wearable Patent Battle Ahead,” EE Times (February 2014)
- “Top 10 ITC Developments of 2013,” Law360 (December 2013)
- “Are the EPROMs Factors Still Relevant?,” Intellectual Property Advisor (April 2013)
- “The ITC as an Indicator of China's Potential for Innovation,” Intellectual Property Today (January 2012)
- “Options for Enforcement of ITC Exclusion Orders,” World Intellectual Property Report (August 2010)
- “Getting the Remedy You Want from the ITC,” Intellectual Property Litigation (Summer 2009, co-author)
- “Top 10 ITC Developments in 2008,” Law360 (2008)
- “A Sea Change in the Federal Circuit’s Perspective,” Law360 (2007, co-author)
Mr. Sanders has provided market-leading perspective on post-grant review at the Boston IP Defense Summit and on ITC practice at the ACI’s Expert Forum on ITC Litigation and Enforcement, the ACI’s Managing Complex ITC Litigation conference, the Annual Joint Patent Practice Continuing Legal Education program, and for Intellectual Property Lawcast.
Mr. Sanders’ representative experience includes:
- Enplas Display Device Corp v. Seoul Semiconductor Company Ltd. Representing Seoul Semiconductor in a two-patent case brought by Enplas Display Device in the US District Court for the Northern District of California relating to optical lenses and a related appeal. After a six-day trial, the jury found both patents valid, that Enplas had induced infringement, and that such infringement was willful. The jury also awarded Seoul Semiconductor US$4.07 million, the full amount of damages it sought.
- CardioNet, LLC v. InfoBionic, Inc. Representing InfoBionic in suits involving seven patents and alleged trade secret misappropriation brought by CardioNet in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts relating to remote cardiac monitoring technology. Mr. Sanders is also representing InfoBionic at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in related inter partes review (IPR) petitions and related appeals.
- UUSI v. Webasto Roof Systems. Represented Webasto Roof Systems, a leading automotive supplier, as lead counsel in a patent infringement suit brought by UUSI in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan relating to anti-pinch technology for sunroofs. Mr. Sanders also represented Webasto as the petitioner in three related IPR petitions and successfully obtained a final written decision from the PTAB finding all three patents unpatentable and obtained affirmance of unpatentability on appeal to the Federal Circuit.