Frank P. Coté is an Of Counsel in the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practices as part of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Mr. Coté focuses his practice on patent litigation matters, with a particular emphasis in high-tech cases.
Mr. Coté has experience in a wide variety of technologies, including digital imaging, hard disk drives, flash memory, random access memory, integrated circuit manufacture and packaging, print controllers, variable data printing, power conversion, high-voltage protection circuitry, computer display technology, internet security and authentication, medical devices, wireless data transmission, lighting applications, clean power generation, and 3D graphics. His experience includes involvement in several patent trials, including cases before district courts in Texas and California and a hearing before the International Trade Commission. Mr. Coté also has assisted clients with IP due diligence, technology licensing, and trademark clearance. His trial experience, technical skill, and business acumen allow him to effectively manage complicated technical cases with an eye towards summary judgment, trial, and achieving client objectives.
In addition to his experience in intellectual property matters, Mr. Coté has experience in complex commercial litigation matters involving contract disputes, insurance coverage, and products liability. He also has experience in immigration law, which he gained through his pro bono efforts.
Mr. Coté received his law degree in 1999 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was a member of Loyola’s International and Comparative Law Review and selected for the Scott Moot Court Honors Board. In 1992, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, which he attended on a 4-Year Air Force ROTC Scholarship.
Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Coté served as an officer in the Air Force, where he held positions that honed his technical and managerial skills, including project engineer for Milstar, a multibillion dollar communications satellite system; assistant team leader for the International Space Station program; team leader for the Space Shuttle’s Main Engine program; and assistant professor of aerospace studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Coté has been recognized as a Super Lawyer (2012-2017) in intellectual property litigation by Southern California Super Lawyers and Los Angeles Magazine. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California; the Eastern District of Texas; and in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Coté was a partner at Jones Day and Howrey LLP.
Loyola Marymount University - 1999 Juris Doctor
Clarkson University - 1992 Bachelor of Science