Geoffrey M. Godfrey

Geoffrey M. Godfrey

Seattle P +1 (206) 903-8742 F +1 (206) 299-3849 Palo Alto P +1 (650) 857-1717



Geoff is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and strategic counseling, with an emphasis on patent matters. For more than fifteen years, Geoff has represented innovative companies across a range of industries in trial, appellate, patent office, and ITC proceedings. Geoff’s cases have involved an array of technologies, including wireless networks, smartphones, computer security systems, recombinant proteins, medical devices, social media, and business software. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in venues across the country, including patent litigation hotspots in California, Texas, and Delaware. Geoff works closely with his clients to identify and achieve their strategic objectives in a cost-effective and creative manner.

Education & Admissions

Stanford Law School (J.D., 2003), Managing Editor, Stanford Technology Law Review

University of Victoria (B.A., Psychology, 2000), with distinction; Jubilee Medal for Social Sciences

University of Victoria (B.Mus., Performance, 2000), with distinction


  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit


Geoff’s representations include:

  • Facebook in strategic counseling regarding IP matters
  • Qianjiang Yongan Pharmaceutical in patent infringement actions regarding taurine
  • Hall Enterprises in a patent infringement action regarding vehicle tracking technology
  • Verizon Wireless in multiple patent infringement actions and IPR proceedings regarding LTE networks and devices
  • Nike in a patent infringement action regarding online product design contests
  • Intel in strategic counseling regarding wireless technology patent matters
  • Symantec in multiple patent infringement actions and reexamination proceedings regarding network intrusion detection systems
  • Amgen in a patent infringement action regarding recombinant granulocyte colony stimulating factor
  • Symantec in a trade secret action regarding backup and disaster recovery software
  • Amgen in multiple patent infringement actions regarding recombinant erythropoietin
  • SAP in a patent infringement action regarding computer-automated contract negotiation software
  • Angiotech Pharmaceuticals in the global enforcement and defense of its patent portfolio regarding paclitaxel coronary stents
  • Lilly ICOS in a patent infringement action and reexamination proceeding regarding Cialis®
  • Qualcomm in a breach of contract action regarding the BrewTM mobile platform
  • Sun Microsystems in an antitrust action regarding Java® technology

News & Resources

Select Presentations

  • “Patent Litigation I & II,” CASRIP - 2017 Patent and Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute, July 21, 2017
  • “Enhanced Damages Post-Halo,” CLE Presentation, July 2017
  • “Intellectual Property 101: An Intro For Entrepreneurs,” Catalyst88 MasterMind, June 2, 2017

Industries & Practices

  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

Geoff’s pro bono and community activities include:

  • Representing Index Newspapers in petitioning the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to unseal certain judicial records in electronic surveillance cases
  • Representing Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in dependency trial proceedings
  • Assisting the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in identifying the legal implications of School-to-Prison Pipeline disciplinary practices
  • Representing individuals seeking asylum in the United States 
  • Co-teaching the mock trial program for Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing after-school education for middle-school children
  • Developing software for California Rural Legal Assistance to determine the amount of unpaid wages, applicable penalties, and other amounts owed to agricultural workers by their employers


  • Managing IP Americas Awards 2018 – Shortlist for Outstanding Litigator: Washington
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Northern California (2014-2017) and Washington (2017)
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll – High Honors (2016-2017)
Geoffrey M. Godfrey