1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW//Washington, DC 20004-2541//United States
Natalie A. Bennett’s intellectual property practice concentrates on patent infringement, breach of contract, and trade secret litigation. She litigates a wide range of technologies, including computer networking products, semiconductor chips, pharmaceutical and agrochemical products as well as medical devices. She has tried intellectual property disputes in district courts before a jury, at the International Trade Commission, and before Arbitration panels. Natalie was recently selected by the National Law Journal as one of its 40 “Rising Stars” and she was likewise selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) for inclusion on its 2019 “On the Rise Top 40 Young Lawyers” list.
Natalie has litigated ten high-stakes IP trials through final judgment, including the first verdict obtained under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. She is skilled in taking and defending depositions, and examining fact and expert witnesses at trial before a jury. Natalie assists clients by preparing briefs and pleadings, including post-trial submissions and appellate briefings. She has also handled oral arguments before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as high-stakes issues in district courts, including motions for judgment as a matter of law and preliminary injunction proceedings.
Previously, Natalie served as a judicial clerk for Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for Judge John D. Love of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Natalie relies on her clerkship experience, paying particular attention to issues that may be pertinent to an appeal, including error preservation strategies.
Outside of her IP work, Natalie maintains an active pro bono practice, serving as counsel for veterans through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, she was a partner in the intellectual property practice of another global law firm, where she obtained a precedential decision at the Federal Circuit establishing that veterans must have a full understanding of the consequences of withdrawing a claim for disability benefits for the withdrawal to be effective.
Natalie is an active member of local and national bar organizations. In Washington, DC, she serves as the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court program chair and on the ChIPs Next Generation Committee, and has led committees for the Federal Circuit Bar Association. In Texas, Natalie is a longtime member of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, where she is actively involved in planning the Eastern District of Texas Bench & Bar Conference and serves as an officer to the Association of Former Law Clerks for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Serving as appellate counsel to a multinational electronics company at the Federal Circuit following a defense victory on the issue of indefiniteness in the District of New Jersey. On appeal, Natalie is defending the district court’s legal determination that all claims asserted by a non-practicing entity are invalid as indefinite.
Achieved a complete defense verdict for a Fortune 500 technology company in the Eastern District of Texas. The jury rejected the infringement claims for a patent alleged to be standard essential and licensed throughout the networking industry for more than $100 million. The jury found the asserted claims not infringed and invalid. The invalidity finding followed two reexaminations and full review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board during an inter partes review.
Achieved a trial victory for Dalmatia Import Group, the market leader in specialty fig jam products, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The jury awarded Dalmatia damages for trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, counterfeiting, breach of contract and conversion. Natalie led the trade secret misappropriation efforts, examining the technical experts who testified on issues related to product development and the chemical properties of fig jams.
Obtained a trial victory for a defendant accused of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract in the Northern District of California; this jury trial was a bet-the-company situation for a manufacturer of semiconductor chips defending allegations brought by a former development partner.
Obtained a complete defense verdict in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with the jury finding no infringement of a patent relating to on-the-fly garbage collection in an information storage and retrieval system.
Obtained a complete defense verdict for a manufacturer of wireless handheld devices in the Middle District of Florida, where the jury found all three patents invalid and not infringed, and rejected the plaintiff’s damages demand.
Obtained a judgment of noninfringement in the Eastern District of Texas following a claim construction win on a case-dispositive claim term.
Successfully represented multiple defendants accused of patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas, with clients settling favorably following completion of invalidity contentions.
Obtained a complete affirmance at the Federal Circuit for the International Trade Commission’s finding that there was a lack of domestic industry.
Obtained a permanent injunction for pro bono clients on allegations of copyright infringement in the Northern District of Illinois.
Orchestrated a successful pro bono effort in the District of Columbia for allegations of pregnancy discrimination on behalf of a former detective in the United States Park Police; as part of the public settlement in this case, the United States Park Police (a division of the Department of the Interior) agreed to rescind a policy of mandatory pregnancy disclosure and paid the pro bono client $300,000, the maximum amount of pain and suffering recovery under Title VII.
Obtained a remand at the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for a pro bono client seeking disability benefits for traumatic brain injuries.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
DC Rising Star, National Law Journal (2019)
On the Rise–Top 40 Young Lawyers, American Bar Association (2019)
Recommended, Intellectual property: Patents: litigation (full coverage), The Legal 500 US (2019, 2020)
40 & Under Hot List, Benchmark Litigation (2017–2020)
Rising Star, Washington DC, Super Lawyers (2016–2018)
Finalist, Future Leader – Associate Award (Private Practice), Chambers and Partners Women in Law Awards (2015)
Recipient, The Ohio State University Academic Promise Award Scholarship
Recipient, Dean’s Merit Award Scholarship
Recipient, Significant and Lasting Contribution Award
Recipient, John J. Adams Memorial Award
Member, I/S Journal
Member, Bench & Bar Planning Committee, Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
Co-chair, Law Clerks & Student Committee, Federal Circuit Bar Association
Counselor, Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
Member, Next Generation Committee, ChIPs Women in IP
Member, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Member, American Bar Association; mentor for the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Clerkship to Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2012 - 2013)
Clerkship to Judge John D. Love of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (2009 - 2010)
Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 2009, J.D.
University of Notre Dame, 2006, B.A., Premedical Studies and American Studies