Neel Chatterjee is a partner in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property practice. An internationally recognized technology litigator and trial lawyer, Mr. Chatterjee has a proven track record of wins in hard-to-win technology cases. Mr. Chatterjee has a passion for representing entrepreneurs and disruptive technology companies, even at their earliest stages. His cases often break new ground in undefined areas of the law. Clients frequently turn to Mr. Chatterjee shortly before trial to handle complex technology cases. A key strategist on complex litigation spanning multiple venues, Mr. Chatterjee simplifies extremely complex concepts to ensure that judges and juries understand the key issues in each case.





Mr. Chatterjee represents companies and individuals at the cutting edge of new and disruptive technologies in their most significant technology disputes.  Mr. Chatterjee has led matters for some of Silicon Valley’s most legendary companies in their most significant technology disputes. He has handled groundbreaking cases for Facebook, Oracle, eBay, Apple, NVIDIA, LinkedIn, Logitech, and many others. He defended Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in the famed Winklevoss case that later served as the inspiration for the Academy Award winning film “The Social Network.” He helped develop and then later defended eBay with respect to its online transaction business model, creating important fundamental law that validated Internet business models related to user generated content. He has prosecuted, defended and tried cases involving global patent litigation for NVIDIA as part of the smartphone patent wars. Through a pro bono engagement, he handled internationally-followed litigation involving civil rights issues for same sex couples related to adoption rights. Most recently, he is representing Anthony Levandowski, the star engineer, at the center of the complex intellectual property dispute between Google/Waymo and Uber related to self-driving car technology.

Professional Activities

Mr. Chatterjee serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the Magistrate Selection Committee for the Northern District of California, the Patent Local Rules Committee and the Federal Practice Program for the Northern District of California. He is also active in the Sedona Conference Patent Litigation section.  He founded the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, one of the most successful diversity career fairs in the U.S. He is also an adviser to Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Asia Pacific Fund, and the National South Asian Bar Association.


Mr. Chatterjee has been recognized as a top IP litigator and trailblazer by Intellectual Asset Management, Managing IP, Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, National Law Journal and the Daily Journal. Chambers USA has described him as being “singled out for his abilities acting for hi-tech companies in patent infringement claims,” with “the ability to think outside the box” as well as having “in depth knowledge of patent law.” Chambers Global recently recognized Mr. Chatterjee as being “sought-after” and “valued for his strategic approach to contentious matters and his strong courtroom advocacy.” Chambers Global further stated that his peers say, “He is an outstanding lawyer who is beloved by his clients. He always puts in extra effort and really knows the law.” Most recently, IAM 1000 highlighted Mr. Chatterjee as someone who “gives terrific legal advice and has seen a lot of success in court,” also remarking that “he exudes friendliness and confidence, and has the right personality to remain at the top.” Mr. Chatterjee has also been recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers in the field of patent and intellectual property litigation.

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J.D., 1994
Vanderbilt University
B.S., 1991
Dartmouth College


1995 - 1997 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Honorable Patricia V. Trumbull
1994 - 1995 Colorado Supreme Court, Honorable Mary Mullarkey, Chief Justice





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