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Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter

Partner

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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:

  • Achieving a victory for Akamai Technologies, Inc. when the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Limelight Networks, Inc., a competitor, asserting breach of a settlement agreement between the parties.
  • Serving as co-lead counsel for Comcast Cable Communications in a ten-patent infringement matter in the Northern District of California involving interactive television patents, which resulted in granting summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of our client.
  • 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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May 17, 2018

WilmerHale Partners and Practices Named Among Managing Intellectual Property's 2018 IP Stars

Managing Intellectual Property's 2018 IP Stars Handbook recognizes WilmerHale and 19 of its partners as leaders in the field. IP Stars identifies lawyers based on their knowledge, outcomes achieved for clients and unique strengths in the given practice area.

March 8, 2018

Law Week Colorado Names Partner Mindy Sooter One of the State's Top Litigators

Law Week Colorado has named Denver Partner Mindy Sooter one of Colorado's most talented and accomplished litigation attorneys.

October 13, 2017

WilmerHale Secures $40M Win for Akamai Technologies Against Limelight Networks at Delaware Supreme Court

WilmerHale earned a significant victory for Akamai Technologies, Inc. when the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Delaware Chancery Court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Limelight Networks, Inc. that asserted breach of a settlement agreement between the parties, insuring that Akamai will continue to receive the remaining $40 million due in license payments.

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.

Honors & Awards

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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