Bert C. Reiser
Bert Reiser is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of Latham’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group and is a lead attorney in the ITC Patent Litigation Practice.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Reiser was head of a multi-national law firm’s Section 337 Practice where he was involved primarily in international intellectual property disputes before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. In Section 337 investigations, Mr. Reiser has represented both American and foreign companies as complainants and respondents in nearly 40 ITC investigations, including more than a dozen trials.
Previously, Mr. Reiser was the attorney advisor to Judge Paul J. Luckern of the International Trade Commission, where he assisted in the adjudication of over 20 disputes under Section 337. He also has extensive experience in district court patent litigation throughout the United States.
Mr. Reiser’s experience includes:
- Certain Baseband Processor Chips and Chipsets, Transmitter and (Radio) Chips, Power Control Chips and Products Containing Same, Including Cellular Telephone Handsets. Represented Qualcomm in a patent infringement case regarding cellular service and device industry. Obtained reversal on appeal of ITC remedy order, overturning significant and longstanding Commission precedent in the area of downstream exclusion remedy.
- Certain Wireless Communication Chips and Chipsets, and Products Containing Same, Including Wireless Handsets and Network Interface Cards. Successfully represented Qualcomm in a patent infringement suit regarding cellular service and device industry. Obtained early termination of the investigation without trial.
- Applied Medical Resources Corp. v. United States Surgical Corp. Successfully represented Applied Medical in a patent infringement case in the Central District of California against US Surgical in connection with Applied’s patents on surgical trocars and secured summary judgment of liability for Applied without trial, demonstrating that Applied’s patent was valid and infringed. US Surgical’s liability was affirmed upon appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.*
- Certain Data Storage Systems and Components Thereof. Successfully represented complainant EMC Corporation in a complex patent infringement-based investigation under Section 337 against Hitachi. The investigation involved six software patents and more than 80 claims.*
- Certain Flooring Products. Successfully defended respondents Unilin Décor N.V., BHK of America, Inc. and Meister-Leisten Schulte GmbH against patent infringement allegations. Following a full evidentiary hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found that none of the respondents infringed the asserted patents which was upheld upon review by the full Commission and upon appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.*
*These matters were handled prior to Mr. Reiser joining Latham & Watkins.
JD, American University, Washington College of Law, 1990
BA, Political Science, Central College of Iowa, 1985
District of Columbia, Virginia
Repeatedly recognized as a leading attorney for Section 337 litigation before the ITC. Chambers USA 2011 and The Legal 500 US 2011
Regarded as a Notable Practitioner by Chambers Global 2013