September 2, 2009
Latham & Watkins IP litigator, and former United States Navy SEAL, Max Grant was profiled on this web log months ago for both his successful trial practice and for the life-sized black pirate flag he carries with him throughout trials.
Mr. Grant’s back in these pages today for more mundane reasons: his team is in the post-trial stages of a patent-infringement case worth over $400 million for his client, Bard, which believes Gore-Tex stole some of its technology. A victory will mean Bard’s being compensated for the remaining 10 years its patent is effective. Mr. Grant believes, with the growth of China’s patent office, that patent litigation will soon be a legal-services growth market.
The pirate flag, incidentally, is the same one Mr. Grant carried with his Navy SEAL platoon in Panama, where he fought narcotics traffickers.
Max Grant, IP pirate.
April 29, 2009
Intellectual Property powerhouse Latham & Watkins has had much occasion of late to toast attorney Max Grant: the Navy SEAL-turned-attorney secured a jury verdict of almost $185 million for Latham client C.R. Bard (over defendant W.L. Gore, for infringing on a Teflon-based vascular graft). Post-trial motions recently garnered Bard nearly $371 million in compensatory damages, plus attorneys’ fees of $19 million and pre-judgement interest of $20 million.
Mr. Grant formerly served in Panama, Honduras and Colombia as a SEAL, fighting drug traffickers. His work is arguably more tame as Latham’s Global IP co-chair, and co-lead (with Steve Cherny, lately of Kirkland Ellis) on the Gore case.
Mr. Grant is known for carrying a full-sized skull-and-crossbones flag with him to every trial and planting it in his strategy room to establish a “battleground mentality” among his lawyers.
Max Grant, Latham & Watkins Global IP Co-chair / pirate.