Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter



Mindy Sooter's practice focuses on patent litigation and other intellectual property and business disputes, with an emphasis on cases involving telecommunications, electrical engineering and computer science. Ms. Sooter has represented a variety of clients in courts throughout the United States, as well as the International Trade Commission, regarding technologies such as wireless networks and components, fiber-optic networks and components, firewalls and gateways, semiconductors, distributed computing systems and database technologies.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Sooter was a partner focusing on intellectual property litigation at another firm in Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Sooter is also an adjunct professor teaching patent litigation at the University of Colorado School of Law.

Recent Highlights

In recent years, Ms. Sooter's work has prevailed in or successfully resolved numerous cases, including:

  • Successfully obtaining dismissal and an award of attorneys’ fees of more than $425,000 in a patent case involving optical network design and components.
  • Successfully obtaining a $12 million jury verdict after a jury found that a competitor had engaged in willful patent infringement, willful trade dress infringement and intentional false advertising.
  • Successfully obtaining a summary judgment of non-infringement, and subsequent affirmance by the Federal Circuit, in a patent case involving more than 100 asserted claims and two patents relating to multidimensional database technology.
  • Successfully obtaining dismissal on behalf of a software company in a multi-jurisdictional case involving mapping software.
  • Successfully obtaining a dismissal on behalf of a medical corporation in a case involving the technical performance of distributed computer systems.
  • Successfully obtaining a summary judgment and complete dismissal of a $20 million licensing claim on behalf of a healthcare diagnostics company.

Publications & News


May 16, 2017

Law Week Colorado Names Mindy Sooter a Top Woman Attorney

Partner Mindy Sooter was featured in Law Week Colorado's 2017 Top Women Attorneys list, an annual special edition that highlights lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the law or legal community.

October 12, 2016

Ken Salazar Honored With Federico Pena Lifetime Achievement Award

The Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization has recognized Partner Ken Salazar with its Federico Pena Lifetime Achievement Award. Salazar accepted the accolade on September 23 at the organization's annual Bernie Valdez Awards Luncheon in Denver.

September 30, 2016

What The Fed Circ. Says About IPR Estoppel

In this article published by Law360, Mindy Sooter and Gregory Lantier discuss precedents and questions that litigants should carefully consider as they formulate strategies for achieving their goals.

September 28, 2016

WilmerHale Eastern District of Texas Newsletter: September 2016

Recent trends and developments in motions to transfer from the Eastern District of Texas.

March 25, 2015

WilmerHale Welcomes Market-Leading Intellectual Property and Litigation Partners, Continues Expansion into Rocky Mountain Region

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the arrival of Partners Natalie Hanlon Leh, Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter and Benjamin S. Fernandez to the firm's Denver office as members of the Litigation/Controversy and Intellectual Property Departments. Their arrival continues the firm's expansion in the region, which began early in 2014 with the establishment of the firm's Denver office.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to Law Week Colorado's 2017 Top Women Attorneys list 
  • Recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers for intellectual property litigation in 2016
  • Named 2014 IP Supporter of the Year by the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado Law School
  • Recognized in the 2014-2016 editions of Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Colorado Super Lawyers in 2012
  • Selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" in 2008 by Law Week Colorado

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "The PTAB Speaks: A Discussion with the Chief Judge," 15th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Institute (June 2017)
  • Moderator, "Technological Change, Ethics and the Law," 2014 Gathering of the Bench and Bar at Colorado Law (October 2014)
  • Speaker, "Dealing With Experts, Including Rule 26 Employee Experts," Patent Litigation 2014, Practising Law Institute (October 2014)
  • Speaker, "Copyright Policy and the Future of Television," University of Colorado Law School (May 2014)
  • Speaker, "Strategic & Transactional Patent-Eligible Subject Matter: Implications for the Biotech, Medical Device and Software Industries," Practising Law Institute (2014)
  • Speaker, "Before the Trial: The Pleadings, Motions and Other Factors that Determine What Gets to Trial in a Patent Case," Practising Law Institute (2012)
  • Speaker, "Scope of Patentability and Other Patent Policy Levers," Silicon Flatirons (2012)


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JD, University of Colorado School of Law, 2003, Editor, Law Review, Order of the Coif

ME, Telecommunications, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999

BS, Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, Texas A&M University, 1990, Tau Beta Pi

Bar Admissions


United States Patent and Trademark Office


The Hon. Ferdinand F. Fernandez, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2004 - 2005

The Hon. Mary J. Mullarkey, Colorado Supreme Court, 2003 - 2004

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