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Phillip Goter is an intellectual property attorney with extensive experience working with high tech clients in the computer software and hardware space. His keen familiarity with standards-essential cellular infrastructure, GPS, mobile apps, computer and network security, VoIP, wireless networking, home automation, and cloud computing provides his clients with a competitive advantage. Phillip has litigated across a diverse technology spectrum, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetic implants and injectables, gallium nitride LEDs, “smart” sporting goods, casualty insurance business methods, filtration, medical devices, and photonics.

Based in Fish & Richardson’s Twin Cities office, Phillip counsels startup companies around the world seeking to protect their intellectual property. In addition to being a Principal at Fish, 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 founding member of the Iowa Medical Innovation Group, dedicated to incubation and commercialization of medical device startups. 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.


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


  • Minnesota 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Memberships & Affiliations

Contributing Editor, Iowa Law Review
Member, Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna IP Inn of Court
Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter Board Member, Chairman of the Golf Tournament Committee, Member of the Intellectual Property Practice Committee

Other Distinctions

Speaking Engagements

Co-Speaker, “Update on Key Supreme Court Patent Decisions,” Minnesota Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Conference (June 14, 2018).

Lecturer, “Inter Partes Review Master Class,” University of Iowa College of Law’s Innovation, Business and Law Center (March 24, 2017).

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).

Speaker, “Hawkeye Innovation Summit,” University of Iowa (March 27, 2014).

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

Selected Publications

Phillip W. Goter, Judge Gilstrap Provides Guide for Post-TC Heartland Venue Analysis, Fish Litigation Blog (July 12, 2017).

Phillip W. Goter, Exhaustion and the “Right to Repair”: Ownership Rights after Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Intern., IncFish Litigation Blog (June 22, 2017).

Phillip W. Goter, Fish Presents Inter Partes Review Master Course at The University of Iowa College of Law, Fish Litigation Blog (March 30, 2017).

Phillip W. Goter, District Courts Appear to Defer, Even Post-Halo, to Juries’ Willfulness Findings, Fish Litigation Blog (September 12, 2016)

Phillip W. Goter, Certain Post-Hypothetical Negotiation Information is Relevant to Calculation of Reasonable Royalty, Fish Litigation Blog (May 19, 2015)

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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