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Background

Phillip Goter is an Associate in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson. Phillip has litigated extensively in the computer software and hardware space, including GPS, Apps, computer and network security, wireless networking, home automation, and cloud computing. Phillip has also litigated across a diverse technology spectrum, including gallium nitride LEDs, "smart" sporting goods, casualty insurance business methods, respirator filtration, utility tower structural reinforcement, medical devices, and photonics.​

Phillip counsels local startup companies seeking to protect their intellectual property.  Phillip is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School where he teaches Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship and assists with a limited-representation drop-in clinic for inventors, authors, entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses, a clinic he helped launch at the Law School.

During law school, Phillip was a Research Assistant to Professor Christina Bohannan (2009-2011), a member of the University of Iowa Museum of Art Copyright Project, and a founding member of the Iowa Medical Innovation Group. Prior to law school, Phillip was a Senior Software Engineer for Rockwell Collins (2003-2009) focusing on project management, software architecture, and systems integration of software-defined radio and networking technologies.​

Education

J.D., University of Iowa College of Law 2011
with high distinction and honors, Order of the Coif


M.B.A., University of Iowa 2008


M.S., University of North Dakota 2005
Computer Science


B.S., University of North Dakota 2001
Computer Science
cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Memberships & Affiliations

Contributing Editor, Iowa Law Review​

Member, ​Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna IP Inn of Court

Other Distinctions

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, University of Minnesota Patent Law Proseminar (February 4, 2016).

Co-Speaker, "Here We Go Again: 7 Ways Congress May (Yet Again) Change the Patent Laws and How Those Changes May Affect You," Fish & Richardson Patents on Tap CLE Event (September 10, 2015).

Co-Speaker, "The Current Landscape for NPE Litigation: Curbing NPE Activity," Minnesota Association of Corporate Counsel Annual In-House Counsel Conference (June 18, 2015).

Keynote Speaker, University of Iowa’s "Iowa Medical Innovation Group" Series (January 22, 2014).

Selected Publications

Phillip W. Goter, The Commercial Exploitation Continuum, 13 MINN. J. L. SCI. & TECH. 795 (2012).

Phillip W. Goter, Note, Princo, Patent Pools and the Risk of Foreclosure: A Framework for Assessing Misuse, 96 IOWA L. REV. 699 (2010).

Phillip W. Goter, Usage Mining and Recommender Systems for the World-Wide Web (M.S. Thesis, UND Press 2005).

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