With almost 20 years of experience and appearances in district courts in more than a dozen states, Geoffrey Gavin advises clients on important IP matters, including patent litigation, PTAB litigation, and strategic IP counseling. He has experience with numerous technologies across a wide variety of industries, including wireless telecommunications, data encryption and computer security, LED lighting, printers and copiers, automotive products, medical devices, video and image processing, packaging, and athletic footwear and equipment.
Geoffrey has represented plaintiffs and defendants in significant patent litigation matters throughout the United States. He has argued and presented at numerous claim construction, dispositive motion, and other hearings. Recent engagements for clients include competitor patent litigation related to indoor lighting and automotive products.
Geoffrey also represents both patent owners and challengers in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In one engagement he led a PTAB team that defended four patents on LED downlights against inter partes review (IPR) petitions filed by a competitor. In another engagement he led a team that used IPR proceedings to successfully invalidate claims in three patents asserted by Intellectual Ventures against numerous aspects of Compass Bank's online banking operations.
Geoffrey is a member of the Post-Grant Patent Office Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association and a Master in the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court.
Cooper Lighting successfully asserts patents relating to LED downlights against competitors
Jones Day represented Eaton Corporation's subsidiary Cooper Lighting, LLC, in successfully asserting four Cooper Lighting patents on LED downlights against competitors Cordelia Lighting, Inc. and Jimway, Inc.
Compass Bank obtains dismissal with prejudice against patent infringement claims brought by Intellectual Ventures
Jones Day successfully represented Compass Bank in a patent infringement action brought by the non-practicing entity Intellectual Ventures II LLC relating to online banking services.
Eaton successfully defends indoor lighting patents against IPR petitions
Jones Day represented Eaton Corporation's subsidiary Cooper Lighting, LLC, in successfully defending two inter partes review petitions filed by Cordelia Lighting, Inc., against U.S. Patent Nos. 8,348,479 and 8,789,978, which relate to indoor lighting.
Mando resolves multipatent infringement suit filed by Robert Bosch GmbH
Jones Day represented Mando Corporation and Mando America (collectively "Mando") in the defense of a multipatent infringement suit filed by Robert Bosch GmbH in September 2016 relating to antilock braking systems.
Compass Bank prevails at PTAB and in Federal Circuit in IPRs challenging Intellectual Ventures patents
Jones Day, on behalf of Compass Bank, prevailed in three inter partes review (IPR) proceedings challenging patents asserted by Intellectual Ventures II LLC against numerous aspects of Compass Bank's online banking operations in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in June 2013.
HD Supply secures early dismissal from NPE patent infringement case
Jones Day secured an early dismissal for HD Supply, Inc. in a patent infringement case involving interactive web page technology.
Endeavour Vision invests in Gynesonics
Jones Day represented Endeavour Vision SA in connection with its investment in Gynesonics, Inc., a women’s healthcare company focused on the development of minimally invasive solutions for symptomatic uterine fibroids.
Aimetis Corp. settles DJ action regarding video surveillance patent
Jones Day represented Aimetis Corp. in a declaration judgment action relating to Hawk Technology Systems, LLC's U.S. Reissue Patent No. RE43,462, which is directed to video monitoring technology, and specifically to varying video streaming and image size in different windows on the same monitor.
March Networks settles DJ action regarding video surveillance patent
Jones Day represented March Networks Corporation in a declaration judgment action relating to Hawk Technology Systems, LLC's U.S. Reissue Patent No. RE43,462, which is directed to video monitoring technology, and specifically to varying video streaming and image size in different windows on the same monitor.
Whole You™ acquires Respire Medical
Jones Day advised Mitsui Chemical Inc. with the acquisition by its Whole You, Inc. subsidiary of oral appliance company Respire Medical.
Genetec files declaratory judgment action against Hawk Technology Systems, LLC
Jones Day represented Genetec, Inc. in an action seeking a declaration that it did not infringe, and had intervening rights in, Hawk Technology Systems, LLC's U.S. Reissue Patent No. RE 43,462, claiming to cover video storage and display technology.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented multiple parties in preparing and filing petitions for inter partes review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The challenged patents related to telecommunications and consumer products. The PTAB ultimately determined all 59 claims on which it instituted trial in the IPR proceedings were unpatentable.
Represented Motorola Mobility in numerous matters, including a Section 337 ITC investigation, involving patents relating to software and hardware for mobile phones and tablets.
Provided patent procurement and counseling services to an industry leader in the development of advanced medical devices and implants, including helping shape the company's overall patent strategy, identifying and protecting innovations, as well as evaluating third-party intellectual property rights.
Represented a provider of automatic order fulfillment systems in a patent infringement suit brought by a pharmacy automation company in the Northern District of Georgia. Summary judgment was granted in favor of client and affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Represented Georgia-Pacific subsidiaries in a patent infringement suit against two competitors in the Northern District of Georgia involving composite food wrap products. Following a favorable Markman ruling in which the court adopted clients' claim construction arguments, the parties reached a settlement involving cash payment and an ongoing royalty-bearing license.
PTAB Denies Request to Submit Supplemental Information on Skill Level of POSITA, PTAB Litigation Blog
PTAB Denies Institution Because of Pending Reexamination Considering Same Prior Art, PTAB Litigation Blog
Petitioners Must Explain Combining Multiple Embodiments of Reference in Obviousness Argument, PTAB Litigation Blog
PTAB Denies Discovery on Chipsets Purportedly Related to Proper Interpretation of Reference, PTAB Litigation Blog
EDTX Interprets Federal Circuit Precedent Narrowly, Recommends Applying §315 Estoppel Broadly, PTAB Litigation Blog
- September 16, 2010Induced Infringement After SEB v. Montgomery Ward, Law360
- March 2009Disputed Claim Constructions, Patent World, Issue #210
- February 22, 2016The Shifting Landscape of Patent Litigation, Jones Day CLE Academy
- October 8, 2015Practical Tips and Guidance for Post Grant Proceedings at the USPTO, panelist, IP Section of the State Bar of Georgia
- February 26, 2014Review of the First 18 Months of USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings Under the AIA: Strategies, Trends, & Observations, Jones Day CLE Academy
- November 10, 2012Patent Indirect Infringement, panelist, ICLE in Georgia's Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference
- November 13, 2009Section 1404(a) Motions to Transfer: Strategic Considerations After TS Tech and Other Recent Decisions, panelist, ICLE in Georgia's Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference
- University of Alabama (J.D. summa cum laude 1999; Order of the Coif; Editor, Law Review; Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award); Duke University (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 1996)
- Georgia; Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, Eastern District of Texas, and Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama; and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Recognized for intellectual property litigation in The Best Lawyers in America (2017-2019)
Recognized numerous times for intellectual property litigation in Georgia Super Lawyers