Sean Gates

Sean Gates

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Sean Gates is a litigator with extensive experience in antitrust, unfair competition, patent, and trade secret matters. He has served as lead or co-lead trial counsel in both bench and jury trials. He also represents companies before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Gates has been recognized by Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation. In 2011, he was named an “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster in 2008, Mr. Gates served as a Deputy Assistant Director at the FTC, leading enforcement actions challenging anticompetitive conduct. Mr. Gates supervised investigations involving patent pools, loyalty discounts, production joint ventures, anticompetitive litigation, and state regulatory boards. He also tried high-profile enforcement actions involving standard-setting and joint venture issues. Mr. Gates received the Distinguished Service Award for his efforts at the FTC. Mr. Gates has particular expertise in matters involving the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. Mr. Gates serves as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, in which competition authorities from more than 100 countries address antitrust enforcement and policy issues. He has served in a number of leadership positions in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, is currently the chair of the Intellectual Property Committee, and has served as editor-in-chief or author for several publications on antitrust issues. Prior to his career as an attorney, Mr. Gates was a mechanical engineer in the petroleum and aerospace industries.

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