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Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter

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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.

Professional Activities

Ms. Sooter serves as the chair of the Colorado Bar Association's IP Section. 

Publications & News

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September 15, 2017

Mindy Sooter Elevated to Chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s IP Section

As chair, she is responsible for ensuring that the section focuses on educational programs and the exchange of information about new or proposed developments in the intellectual property field.

August 9, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

Partners Gregory Lantier, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Mindy Sooter have published a six-part series aimed at providing guidance to ensure that AFA proposals are meaningful and realistic to both clients and outside counsel. In the sixth and final part of the series, the authors discuss five questions that should be asked before a firm enters into a joint-representation AFA.

August 2, 2017

5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

Partners Gregory Lantier, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Mindy Sooter have published a six-part series aimed at providing guidance to ensure that AFA proposals are meaningful and realistic to both clients and outside counsel. In part five of the series, the authors discuss five questions that all AFAs should answer clearly.

July 26, 2017

5 Questions Firm Should Ask Before Approving Litigation AFA

Partners Gregory Lantier, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Mindy Sooter have published a six-part series aimed at providing guidance to ensure that AFA proposals are meaningful and realistic to both clients and outside counsel. In part four of the series, the authors discuss five questions that firm management should ask internally before approving a litigation AFA proposal.

July 24, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized in IAM Patent 1000 2017

The firm and several of its partners are ranked in IAM Patent 1000 2017 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals.

July 18, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting a Litigation AFA

Partners Gregory Lantier, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Mindy Sooter have published a six-part series aimed at providing guidance to ensure that AFA proposals are meaningful and realistic to both clients and outside counsel. In part three of the series, the authors discuss five questions that every outside counsel should ask themselves before submitting a litigation AFA proposal.

July 12, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Firm Before Accepting a Litigation AFA

Partners Gregory Lantier, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Mindy Sooter have published a six-part series aimed at providing guidance to ensure that AFA proposals are meaningful and realistic to both clients and outside counsel. In part two of the series, the authors discuss five questions that every client should ask their law firm before accepting a litigation AFA proposal.

July 10, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Client Before Proposing a Litigation AFA

Partners Gregory Lantier, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Mindy Sooter have published a six-part series aimed at providing guidance to ensure that AFA proposals are meaningful and realistic to both clients and outside counsel. In part one of the series, the authors discuss five questions that every law firm should ask their clients before proposing a litigation AFA.

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.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to Law Week Colorado's 2017 Top Women Attorneys list 
  • Recognized in the 2014-2017 editions of IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
  • 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
  • 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)

Practices

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Education

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

Colorado

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Clerkships

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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