Anita Choi’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent diligence, and patent litigation support across a wide array of technologies. Ms. Choi counsels clients in the fields of biochemical and renewable materials, clean technology, agriculture, food products, materials science, molecular diagnostics, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.
She has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, patent portfolio analyses and management, patent due diligence, and freedom-to-operate analyses. She has significant experience in developing, strengthening, and managing her clients’ patent portfolios to maximize their commercial value. Ms. Choi’s clients include emerging and multinational companies, universities, and investors.
Ms. Choi is co-founder of the firm’s biochemicals practice, which counsels clients developing new feedstocks and innovative technologies to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and other bioproducts from renewable sources.
Ms. Choi is a member of the firm’s Venture Intellectual Property Group. She has experience performing IP due diligence reviews for venture capital investments and mergers and acquisitions, as well as representing clients undergoing diligence review. She also has experience working with clients on technology transaction matters, including counseling clients on licenses, collaborations for development and commercialization, and university-sponsored research agreements.
Ms. Choi also works with the IP Litigation Group. She works closely with patent litigators to formulate strategies for infringement contentions, validity/invalidity contentions, and claim construction positions. She also actively supports the patent litigators in pre-litigation diligence matters to vet the strength of patents and patent portfolios.
Ms. Choi also participates in the firm’s Startup Speaker Series, educating entrepreneurs about IP protection issues related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. She is frequently invited to speak on IP issues that startups and entrepreneurs face and has been a guest speaker for various seminars and classes at UC Davis, the California Institute of Technology, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She mentors and counsels the next generation of entrepreneurs in developing IP strategies to protect their scientific breakthroughs and assists in moving these technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.
Ms. Choi has an active pro bono practice and has been awarded the State Bar of California's Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services on multiple occasions. She assists numerous non-profit organizations in developing and securing patent protection for their core technologies. She also regularly represents families seeking legal guardianship.
In 2013, Euromoney named Ms. Choi an intellectual property rising star at its Americas Women in Business Law Awards. Ms. Choi received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she graduated magna cum laude and was named to the Order of the Coif. She was also a Senior Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. During law school, Ms. Choi completed her M.B.A. at the Wharton School of Business.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Choi worked at a large pharmaceutical company performing chemistry research. She has also worked in organic and inorganic chemistry labs at the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Choi received her B.Sc., with honors, in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
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