Irfan Lateef brings a wide range of experiences to helping clients achieve their goals. He works tirelessly to provide the right result in litigation, negotiation, risk management, tactical brand development, technology-focused initiatives and strategic IP mobilization. Being personally committed to the clients he serves is Irfan’s personality – and he keeps fighting to the end to ensure they are satisfied.
With a focus on patent litigation and dispute resolution, Irfan provides strategic vision from his extensive courtroom, patent portfolio development, regulatory, and business experience across many industry sectors. When defending his clients’ interests across the U.S. and abroad, Irfan has obtained significant awards for plaintiffs and consistently succeeded at all levels of litigation, including early settlement, motions for summary judgment, jury verdicts, and on appeal. Notably, Irfan represented and navigated medical device maker Masimo to a complete victory and jury verdict of over $466 million against Philips for infringing two Masimo patents. The jury also rejected Philips’s infringement claims seeking $169 million.
With nearly two decades of experience, Irfan has assisted clients in a wide range of technically complex industries to develop robust and valuable portfolios. Because of his extensive industry knowledge, whether electronics, medical devices, augmented reality, or AI, he is able to rapidly learn new areas of technology and quickly apply this knowledge to developing meaningful protection. Irfan’s practical business experience has ranged from initial product design, to IP rights tactics and monetization objectives, to ongoing development and market penetration initiatives. He is well-versed in the challenges his clients face and the questions that must be addressed and answered when it comes to problem-solving and to providing legal solutions that actually fit their business and financial objectives.
Passionate about his clients, their innovation and distinctive goals, Irfan is careful, considerate and helpful by nature, and strives to provide value far beyond legal counsel by focusing on the development of productive relationships across his practice. Ranked among the premier IP litigators in Super Lawyers magazine and in the "World's Leading Patent Professionals" for the Patent 1000 guide by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine, Irfan has also been listed in the “Legal 500.” Moreover, he is included among the Daily Journal’s “100 leading IP attorneys in California” for his extraordinary representation of Toshiba Corp.
Irfan has received multiple awards for his legal accomplishments:
- Selected for inclusion in the "Southern California Super Lawyers" list for his work in intellectual property litigation from 2010-2020 by Super Lawyers magazine
- Named one of the "World's Leading Patent Professionals" for litigation in the Patent 1000 guide by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine (2013-2019). In the 2018 guide, Irfan was described as "one of the most experienced trial lawyers in the ITC".
- Recognized by Legal 500 for Patent Litigation in 2013
- Recognized by the Daily Journal among the 100 leading intellectual property (IP) attorneys in California for 2011. He was also included in the 75 Leading Intellectual Property Litigators list, recognized for his extraordinary representation of Toshiba Corp., a pioneer in notebook computer technology
“The U.S. Supreme Court on Copyright Registration Requirement for Commencing an Infringement Suit,” Journal of the Japanese Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Vol. 64 No. 11 (November 2019) (in Japanese)
"Issue-Preclusive Effect of Agency Decisions in the Patent Context," The Daily Journal (June 2019)
"Lower Standards for Proving Induced Infringement and Other Favorable Rulings for Patent Holders - Sanofi v. Watson Labs. Inc. CAFC Case -," Journal of the Japanese Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Vol. 63 No. 7 (July 2018)
"Federal Circuit Report | IP Litigator Issue May/June 2018, Volume 24 Number 3," IP Litigator (May/June 2018)
Quoted in, "Inter Partes Patent Challenges Are Constitutional, US Supreme Court Rules," Medtech Insight (April 2018)
Quoted in, "A Post-IPR World Would Hold Patent Risks and Benefits For Medtech Companies," Medtech Insight (March 2018)
Quoted in, "'Alice' In Patent Land: Finding Patentable Digital Health Innovations Is No Easy Task," Medtech Insight (February 2018)
"Intellectual Property Can Make or Break the Best Ideas," RTC Magazine (March 2016)
"The U.S. Supreme Court on Induced Infringement and Its Impact on Patent Strategy," Journal of the Japanese Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Vol. 61 No. 2 (February 2016)
"The Impact of Alice on Patent Eligible Subject Matter - With a Focus on U.S. District Courts' and Federal Circuit's Decisions relating to Business Methods and Computer Software-Related Inventions on Decisions," Journal of the Japanese Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Vol. 60 No. 11 (November 2015)
"Attack on software patents in the United States," Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, Vol. 7 Issue 1 (September 2015).
"Another Reason to Coordinate Discovery in Parallel Litigation – Circumvention in Section 1782 Requests," International Litigation News, Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division (April 2013)
“Ten Steps in Analyzing Patent Infringement,” ExecSense, E-book available on Amazon.com (February 6, 2013)
"The Heightened Domestic-Industry Standard for NPEs", Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Summer 2012, Vol. 23 No. 4 (September 2012)
“What Medical Device Companies Need to Know about Intellectual Property”, Medical Electronic Device Solutions (MEDS) Magazine (August 2012)
"Be careful what you write: attorney-client privilege for international businesses," International Litigation News, Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division (May 2012)
"The Supreme Court reigns in states' aggressive assertion of personal jurisdiction," North American Regional Forum News, Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division (May 2012)
“An Overview of U.S. Patent Litigation for Canadians,” 28 Canadian Intellectual Property Review 1, 2012
“The U.S. Patent Litigation Process,” IP Osgoode (December 2010)
“Parent/Subsidiary Liability Issues in Patent Litigation,” ABA Intellectual Property Litigation, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Winter 2010)
"The Supreme Court Takes on Patent Law," SideBar, Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association (Summer 2007)
Co-authored brief for the AIPLA as amicus curiae in Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp. before the Supreme Court of the United States (2007)
Speeches & Seminars
"Patent Law Update for Medical Device Companies 2018," MedTech Strategist Innovation Summit, San Francisco, CA (November 2018)
"What Are the USPTO’s Patent Plans for Fiscal Year 2017?" 29th Global Legal & IP ConfEx, Dubai, UAE (September 2016)
“Alice’s Effect on US Patent Litigation,” IIPLA Annual Conference, Dubai, UAE (January 2015)
“Anti-NPE Laws - How recent Case Law, the FTC NPE survey, and the newly proposed Innovation Act affect the Enforcement & Valuation of Patents,” Orange County Patent Law Association (OCPLA) and AIPLA event, Irvine, CA (January 2014)
“Intellectual Property Seminar for Executives and IP Managers," Tokyo, Japan (November 2013)
“eDiscovery and IP Litigation," Seoul, South Korea (November 2013)
"Strategies to Handle U.S. Litigations," Hsinchu and Taipei, Taiwan (September 2013)
"Recent Trends in U.S. Patent Litigation - Litigation involving Standard Essential Patents (SEP) - from Non-Practicing Entities to Practicing Entities," Tokyo, Japan (April 2013)
"Strategies Relating to Preissuance Submission, Post-grant Review and Inter Partes Review," Benrishi Kai (Patent Attorney Association of Japan), Tokyo, Japan (December 2012)
"Strategies for Taking Advantage of the America Invents Act, Resolving the Tension Between Patentable Subject Matter & Joint Infringement," Tokyo, Japan (October 2012)
“Successful Medical Device Development,” Medical Electronic Device Solutions Conference, San Diego, CA (August 2012)
"Developments in ITC Litigation - An Overview For Japanese Companies," UBIC hosted seminar, Tokyo, Japan (April 2012)
Lecturer on “Patent Enforcement” for the “Understanding Intellectual Property Law for the High Technology Industry” course offered by University of California at Irvine.