Lawrence Gotts is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and member of the global Intellectual Property Practice. He has extensive experience in the litigation and trial of intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright matters.
Mr. Gotts has handled more than 140 patent and other intellectual property (IP) cases, including approximately 17 patent trials and nine 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.’”
- Chambers USA, 2004–2018 — Chambers has reported that “[a] number of sources attest to his gift for strategic thinking” and clients say Mr. Gotts “is a brilliant attorney” that “can read the minds of the judges and opposing counsel.” In addition, he is “respected throughout the country for his prolific and highly successful work as a patent litigator.”
- IAM Patent 1000, 2017-2018 — “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.”
- Top 10 Most Admired Intellectual Property Attorneys, Law360, 2010 — Named by IP Law360 as one of the top eight most Admired IP attorneys in the US, with the publication noting Mr. Gotts’ “ability to exploit the most complex aspects of a patent dispute while presenting a straightforward and undeniable argument at trial” and describing him as “among the crème de la crème of IP litigations.”
- 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, 2015 — Mr. 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.”
Mr. Gotts’ experience includes representing:
- Seoul Semiconductor in a two-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.
- AU Optronics, an LCD display module manufacturer, through a trial victory in a multi-patent action brought by LG Displays, 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.*
- GlobalFoundries in a multi-patent action against TSMC and multiple semiconductor makers. Global Foundries asserted its semiconductor manufacturing and product patents against TSMC in multiple district court actions and the ITC.
- Xperi Corporation in a multi-patent actions against Samsung, asserting Xperi’s semiconductor manufacturing and product patents in five district court actions, the ITC, Germany, and China.
- 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.*
- 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 US government in more than 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, where licensor demanded several hundred million dollars in damages. Settled following three-week arbitration for nominal payment.
- 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.
- Honeywell International in a patent infringement suit against Philips Lumileds and Cree pertaining to LED 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$45 million 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.*
- Regional Bell Operating Company (RBOC) successfully in defense of major 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.*
* Matters handled prior to joining the firm