Daniel J. Goettle

Partner

Philadelphia
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"Daniel Goettle is described...as 'a creative thinker' who is 'very dedicated and very responsive.'"

— Chambers USA 2020

Overview

Dan Goettle is co-leader of BakerHostetler’s national Patent Litigation team, and a member of the firm’s management committee. Dan represents technology companies in patent litigation in the fields of computer science and electrical and mechanical engineering. Dan represents multinational companies in federal court, as well as before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He also represents patent owners and petitioners in post-grant-review proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dan started his intellectual property career obtaining patents in the computer science and electrical engineering fields. Since 2015, he has been an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s School of Law, teaching “Patent Litigation & Strategy.” Dan was an adjunct professor at Villanova University’s Law School, teaching, “Patent Office Trial Practice.” Prior to entering private practice, Dan served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 12 years, first as a line officer and then as a lawyer. Dan argued dozens of criminal courts-martial appeals and negotiated new treaties at two United Nations organizations.

Select Experience

  • As lead trial counsel, won a jury verdict of patent infringement on behalf of one of the nation’s largest media companies after a two-week trial in Pennsylvania federal court involving cellular-network technology.
  • Lead counsel for a multinational software company in a patent case pending first in Virginia and then in California, successfully achieving cancellation of all eight graphical-interface patents in post-grant-review proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Lead counsel for a multinational computer company in a patent case first in Texas and then in Delaware involving flash memory, successfully achieving dismissal of the lawsuit.
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Experience

  • As lead trial counsel, won a jury verdict of patent infringement on behalf of one of the nation’s largest media companies after a two-week trial in Pennsylvania federal court involving cellular-network technology.
  • Lead counsel for a multinational software company in a patent case pending first in Virginia and then in California, successfully achieving cancellation of all eight graphical-interface patents in post-grant-review proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Lead counsel for a multinational computer company in a patent case first in Texas and then in Delaware involving flash memory, successfully achieving dismissal of the lawsuit.
  • Lead counsel for a patent owner in an invalidation proceeding before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, winning validity of a strategically-important patent related to bottle caps despite what one author described as “an insurmountable” case.
  • Lead counsel for a multinational computer company in a multi-patent infringement suit in Virginia, achieving a favorable settlement of a long-standing dispute over MP3 technology.
  • Lead counsel for one of the nation’s largest media companies in a patent infringement case in Texas involving computer software technology.
  • Lead counsel for a large defense contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense in a patent case pending in New Jersey, successfully achieving cancellation of all asserted claims of the three patents in post-grant-review proceedings at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Led a trial team in a multi-patent dispute on behalf of a multinational software company before the International Trade Commission. The case centered on open-source operating system software and settled favorably for the client after trial.
  • Represented a multinational software company in a patent case pending in New York federal court involving digital encryption technologies. Upon receiving favorable court rulings, the case settled on confidential and favorable terms for the client.
  • Represented a multinational software company in a patent-infringement action in New York federal court involving database technology; successful arguments led to early judgment of no infringement of the two asserted patents.
  • A member of a trial team that won a $45 million willful-infringement jury verdict in Delaware federal court in a case involving a wireless-technology patent; in a later lawsuit involving the same infringer, successful examination of the opposing expert led to a voluntary dismissal of the action on the eve of the trial.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Intellectual Property in Pennsylvania (2017 to 2020)
    • Band 4 (2019 to 2020), Recognized Practitioner (2017 to 2018)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2015 to 2017, 2020)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property - Patent Litigation: full coverage (2020)
    • Recommended in Patent Litigation: full coverage (2015 to 2017)
  • Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2020)
    • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2008, 2010)
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
    • Pennsylvania: Recognized for Patent Prosecution (2017 to 2020)

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • Woodcock Washburn LLP: Chair of Litigation group
  • U.S. Coast Guard

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 50,983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • LL.M., Trial Advocacy, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2010
  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1999, with honors
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, United States Coast Guard Academy, 1992, with honors