Mr. Cotter concentrates his practice in patent and complex intellectual property trials and appeals. He has tried patent cases, argued Markman hearings, and handled appeals throughout the U.S., and litigated U.S. and overseas arbitrations and court cases. His patent cases have involved technologies including HIV drugs; polymers; electronic and optical switching technology; wireless and mobile communications; medical devices and instruments; food products; software for databases, security, manufacturing and digital music systems; surgical devices; and flat panel displays. He regularly advises clients on Hatch-Waxman related patent litigation, including ANDA infringement suits and exemptions from infringement for FDA-related activities, and counsels clients on international patent litigation strategies.
Mr. Cotter’s trademark litigation experience spans from internationally famous to regional and niche brands, and includes obtaining injunctions and seizures across the country. In the copyright area, Mr. Cotter was trial counsel in the leading case on internet trespass, in an artists and musicians rights case which resulted in the City of Boston rescinding unconstitutional regulations, and in software copyright cases including under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Cotter was the co-chair and partner in the patent and intellectual property practice group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Cotter was an engineer with General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Group. Mr. Cotter has been selected by his peers multiple times for inclusion in each of Massachusetts Superlawyers, New England Superlawyers, and Superlawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition. He was listed in The Best Lawyers 2013 for intellectual property litigation. Mr. Cotter has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in 2014 and 2015 for intellectual property litigation as well as patent litigation.