Sean Gates is a litigator with extensive experience in antitrust, unfair competition, patent, and trade secret matters. He also represents companies before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. He 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 Federal Trade Commission, leading enforcement actions challenging anticompetitive conduct. Mr. Gates supervised investigations involving patent pools, loyalty discounts, production joint ventures, anti-competitive litigation, and state regulatory boards. He also he 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. He has tried precedent-setting cases involving intellectual property and standard-setting organizations, litigated antitrust claims in patent infringement cases, prosecuted and defended government investigations of intellectual property licensing arrangements, and counseled clients on the structure of patent licenses and patent pools.
Mr. Gates serves as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, in which competition authorities from over 100 countries address antitrust enforcement and policy issues. He has served in a number of leadership positions in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, he 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.