Daniel J. Goettle

Partner

Philadelphia
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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, cellular networks, 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 inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and to date has successfully completed more than a dozen such reviews.

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." In 2014, Dan was an adjunct professor at Villanova University's Law School, teaching an advanced patent law course titled, "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 cable companies after a two-and-a-half-week trial in Pennsylvania federal court over a patent related to text messaging in cellular networks.
  • Lead counsel for a multinational software company in a patent case pending first in Virginia and then in California, successfully achieving cancellation of all asserted claims of the eight patents at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. 
  • Represented a patent owner in an invalidation proceeding before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, winning validity of a strategically-important patent despite what one author described as “an insurmountable” case.
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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 cable companies after a two-and-a-half-week trial in Pennsylvania federal court over a patent related to text messaging in cellular networks.
  • Lead counsel for a multinational software company in a patent case pending first in Virginia and then in California, successfully achieving cancellation of all asserted claims of the eight patents at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. 
  • Represented a patent owner in an invalidation proceeding before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, winning validity of a strategically-important patent despite what one author described as “an insurmountable” case.
  • Represented a multinational computer company in a multi-patent infringement suit in Virginia, achieving a favorable settlement of a long-standing dispute over MP3 technology.
  • Represented one of the nation’s largest cable companies in a patent infringement case in Texas involving computer software technology.
  • Represented a large defense contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense in a patent case pending in New Jersey. Successfully achieved cancellation of all asserted claims of the three patents at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Recognized Practitioner: Intellectual Property in Pennsylvania (2017)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2015 to 2017)
    • Recommended in Patent litigation: full coverage
  • Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2017)
    • Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2008, 2010)
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
    • Pennsylvania: Recognized for Patent Litigation (2017)

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Industries

Prior Positions

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

Admissions

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

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