For Charles Mottier, patents and trademarks are best seen as tools of business. Mottier’s clients receive the benefits of an attorney who can guide them and protect their intellectual property interests within the confines of individual matters, and in the broader context of their overall business concerns and goals. He is committed to providing exceptional work to best serve his clients based on an understanding of the pertinent facts and issues, and clear client communications.
Joining Leydig as an associate in 1981, and elected as a shareholder in 1986, Mottier has extensive and deep experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including litigation, mediation, arbitration, prosecution, and counseling. For his diverse client base, which includes individuals, and private and public companies, large and small, in a wide range of industries and technologies, Mottier formulates comprehensive patent strategies and manages large patent portfolios. He also counsels and renders opinions on patent validity, patent infringement, technology licensing, and the protection of trade secrets and other proprietary information.
Mottier advises clients in connection with sensitive corporate transactions, including asset purchases, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and employment issues. Mottier is also a talented litigator with a record of success in bench and jury trials. His ability to offer counsel and services throughout the intellectual property lifecycle provides his clients with efficiencies, continuity, and consistency.
Mottier was counsel of record in several of the first patent reexamination proceedings filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the 1980s and now regularly counsels clients concerning post-grant review proceedings under the America Invents Act. Mottier frequently lectures and conducts workshops and seminars at universities, colleges, corporations, and trade organizations regarding patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition.
Mottier has participated in various aspects of the firm’s management, including service on Leydig’s board of directors, and acting as Chair of the Marketing, Professional Development, and Recruiting Committees. He was a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois College of Engineering (Urbana-Champaign) for 15 years, where he lectured on intellectual property issues.
Mottier received a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois in 1978, with a focus in mechanics and fluid dynamics, and earned his law degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois College of Law. While an undergrad he was a James Scholar, and in law school a member of the Illinois Bar Journal. Additionally, he studied constitutional legal history at Magdalen College, Oxford University in 1980.
An avid supporter of the arts community, with a keen interest in 20th century Japanese prints, Mottier serves on the boards of several arts, civic, and professional organizations.
Mr. Mottier has worked for a wide range of clients, from multinational corporations to start-ups, as well as individuals. His clients are in diverse technologies, including heavy equipment, medical devices, machine tools, rotary unions, sinks and portable water delivery systems, and software. Mr. Mottier provides prosecution services, prepares validity and clearance opinions, prosecutes patent applications, licenses patents and technology, and litigates on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Mottier has participated as counsel of record in dozens of litigations. Recent contested proceedings include (clients represented are underscored):