Rufus Pichler

Rufus Pichler

Education

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (J.D., 1995)
Stanford Law School (J.S.M., 2000)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Dr. iur., 2007)

Bar Admissions

California
Germany
New York

Rufus Pichler is a partner in the Firm’s Technology Transactions Group. He is based in our San Francisco office and frequently also works out of our Berlin office. He has over 17 years of experience advising clients on a wide range of transactional matters involving technology and intellectual property.

Mr. Pichler advises companies in the mobile communications, computer and IT, semiconductor, Internet of Things, automotive, manufacturing, biotechnology, agri-tech, and pharmaceutical industries with respect to in- and out-licenses, cross-licensing arrangements, development, joint venture and collaboration, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements and other transactions.

Mr. Pichler has extensive experience counseling clients in connection with complex patent licensing transactions, including patent exhaustion issues, patent sales and acquisitions, FRAND licensing issues, and the development of defensive patent strategies, as well as intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions.

Mr. Pichler is qualified to practice law in the US and in Germany and has specific expertise in international intellectual property matters and cross-border transactions involving the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

Clients he advised include AccuWeather, Astellas, Autodesk, Bayer, BlackBerry, DSP Group, Driscolls, Facebook, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Infineon, Intel, Novartis, Moody’s, Nikon, OculusVR, On Semiconductor, Otto Group, Panasonic, Stryker, Technicolor, and Toshiba, among others.

Mr. Pichler holds advanced degrees in law in the U.S. and Germany. He is recognized by IAM 1000 as one of the World’s Leading Patent Professionals and by Legal 500 as a member of our Tier 1 Patent Licensing and Technology Transactions Practices.

Hortonworks Inc.
Hortonworks in a transaction with IBM focused on extending data science and machine learning across the Apache Hadoop ecosystem by combining Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®) with IBM Data Science Experience and IBM Big SQL into new integrated solutions.
Immune-Onc Therapeutics, Inc.
Immune-Onc Therapeutics on an exclusive global license and collaboration agreement with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to develop and commercialize novel biotherapeutics with applications in cancer immunotherapy and other diseases.
BlackBerry Limited
BlackBerry in a strategic alliance and licensing transaction with the largest media, content and technology businesses in Indonesia, PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek) to accelerate and advance BBM cross-platform offerings.
Santen Pharmaceutical
Santen on intellectual property issues in its acquisition of InnFocus, a development stage medical device company developing the MicroShunt, a biocompatible drainage device implanted in the eye to drain eye fluid and reduce intraocular pressure, as a glaucoma treatment.
Shanghai Henlius Biotech Co., Ltd.
An in-licensing agreement for the exclusive rights from AbClon, a Korean company, to develop and commercialize a novel antibody product for treating gastric and breast cancers in China.
Shanghai Henlius Biotech Co., Ltd.
Obtaining exclusive rights from Koltan Pharmaceuticals to develop and commercialize a novel antibody product for treating gastric, lung, and liver cancers in Asia.
Uphill Investment Co.
Uphill on intellectual property issues in connection with its acquisition of Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that designs and markets high performance integrated circuits.
Netlist, Inc.
Netlist, Inc. in a joint development and license agreement with Samsung Electronics to develop NVDIMM-P (NV-P) memory solutions based on Samsung's NAND Flash and DRAM and Netlist's HyperVault technology.
Autodesk Inc.
Autodesk on intellectual property licensing issues and its future collaboration with FIT AG in the field of additive manufacturing in connection with Autodesk’s acquisition of netfabb GmbH, a German software developer, from FIT AG.
AccuWeather
AccuWeather in licensing transactions and the formation of a joint venture with Huafeng Media Group, the commercial weather media company owned by the China Meteorological Administration, for the distribution of enhanced weather information in China.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on IP issues in connection with its $650 million acquisition of LSI’s Axxia Networking Business from Avago Technologies Limited.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation in its strategic alliance with China-based Tsinghua Unigroup and Spreadtrum Communications for the design and marketing of Intel architecture-based mobile SoC platforms for smartphones.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation in its strategic alliance with China-based Rockchip for the design and marketing of Intel architecture-based mobile SoC platforms for tablets.
Netlist, Inc.
Netlist, Inc. on a loan and patent monetization transaction with Fortress Investment Group LLC.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on IP issues in connection with its acquisition of Intelligent Dialogue Systems, S.L. (Indisys), a Spanish company that provides businesses with natural language and dialogue management solutions.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on IP issues in connection with its acquisition of Mashery.
NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation on IP issues in connection with its acquisition of Israel-based retail software and services company Retalix Ltd., a stock purchase transaction valued at approximately $650 million and the largest public acquisition of an Israeli company announced in 2012.
Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in a transaction with Bayer for the marketing and co-promotion of VEGF Trap-Eye (for treatment of age-related macular degeneration) in Japan.
Gree Inc.
Gree Inc. on IP issues in connection with its acquisition of mobile social games developer Funzio, Inc.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on its $375 million acquisition from InterDigital of roughly 1,700 patents and patent applications primarily related to wireless communication technologies.
Threshold Pharmaceuticals
Threshold Pharmaceuticals in its agreement with Merck KGaA for the development and commercialization of Threshold’s cancer candidate, TH-302, with Threshold receiving up to $550 million in upfront fees and potential development and commercialization milestone payments as well as royalties.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on IP issues in connection with its $1.4 billion purchase of Infineon Technologies AG’s Wireless Solutions business.
On Semiconductor Corporation
On Semiconductor Corporation on IP issues in connection with its $31 million acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation’s image sensor business unit.
Advanced Micro Fabrication Equipment, Inc.
Advanced Micro Fabrication Equipment, Inc. (AMEC), on IP issues in connection with settlement of certain disputes with Applied Materials, Inc.
EW Scripps and United Media
EW Scripps and United Media on IP issues in connection with their sale of rights in Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strips and characters to Iconix Brand Group and Schulz’s heirs.
Major consumer products company
A major consumer products company on copyright and other IP issues in connection with an online music talent competition.
Otto Group
Otto Group in its acquisition of the “Bombay” trademarks and related assets from Hilco Consumer Capital and Gordon Brothers Group.
Nikon Metrology
Nikon Metrology on settlement and commercial agreements with Hexagon Metrology related to coordinate measuring arms.
Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Inc., on license agreement with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals regarding the exclusive development and commercialization by Astellas of Ironwood’s linaclotide compound in Asia.
Gruppo Campari
Gruppo Campari on IP issues in connection with its $575M purchase of the Wild Turkey brand and related assets from Pernod Ricard.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., on IP issues in connection with the sale of its Imaging Systems Group to Conexant Systems, Inc.
Leading supplier of mobile handsets
A leading supplier of mobile handsets on license and collaboration agreements with major semiconductor companies regarding the design and supply of 3G chipsets.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., on IP issues in connection with the sale of its Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) power amplifier business to Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
Intercell AG
Intercell AG on marketing and distribution agreement with Novartis for Intercell’s Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in Europe, the U.S., and certain other markets.
Nikon Corporation
Nikon Corporation on license agreement with KLA Tencor, Inc. related to overlay measuring equipment.
Intercell AG
Intercell AG in its strategic alliance with Biological E Ltd. for development, manufacture, and commercialization of Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in Asia.
Intercell AG
Intercell AG on several agreements with Merck & Co., Inc., regarding the development and commercialization of a vaccine against Group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus infections.
Nikon Corporation
Nikon Corporation on complex settlement and cross-license agreements with ASML Holding N.V. and Carl Zeiss SMT AG related to lithography equipment.
Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu Limited on IP and commercial law issues in its collaboration with Sun Microsystems, Inc. (now Oracle), regarding the development and commercialization of server products.
Hortonworks Inc.
Hortonworks in a transaction with IBM focused on extending data science and machine learning across the Apache Hadoop ecosystem by combining Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®) with IBM Data Science Experience and IBM Big SQL into new integrated solutions.
Immune-Onc Therapeutics, Inc.
Immune-Onc Therapeutics on an exclusive global license and collaboration agreement with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to develop and commercialize novel biotherapeutics with applications in cancer immunotherapy and other diseases.
BlackBerry Limited
BlackBerry in a strategic alliance and licensing transaction with the largest media, content and technology businesses in Indonesia, PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek) to accelerate and advance BBM cross-platform offerings.
Santen Pharmaceutical
Santen on intellectual property issues in its acquisition of InnFocus, a development stage medical device company developing the MicroShunt, a biocompatible drainage device implanted in the eye to drain eye fluid and reduce intraocular pressure, as a glaucoma treatment.
Shanghai Henlius Biotech Co., Ltd.
An in-licensing agreement for the exclusive rights from AbClon, a Korean company, to develop and commercialize a novel antibody product for treating gastric and breast cancers in China.
Shanghai Henlius Biotech Co., Ltd.
Obtaining exclusive rights from Koltan Pharmaceuticals to develop and commercialize a novel antibody product for treating gastric, lung, and liver cancers in Asia.
Uphill Investment Co.
Uphill on intellectual property issues in connection with its acquisition of Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that designs and markets high performance integrated circuits.
Netlist, Inc.
Netlist, Inc. in a joint development and license agreement with Samsung Electronics to develop NVDIMM-P (NV-P) memory solutions based on Samsung's NAND Flash and DRAM and Netlist's HyperVault technology.
Autodesk Inc.
Autodesk on intellectual property licensing issues and its future collaboration with FIT AG in the field of additive manufacturing in connection with Autodesk’s acquisition of netfabb GmbH, a German software developer, from FIT AG.
AccuWeather
AccuWeather in licensing transactions and the formation of a joint venture with Huafeng Media Group, the commercial weather media company owned by the China Meteorological Administration, for the distribution of enhanced weather information in China.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on IP issues in connection with its $650 million acquisition of LSI’s Axxia Networking Business from Avago Technologies Limited.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation in its strategic alliance with China-based Tsinghua Unigroup and Spreadtrum Communications for the design and marketing of Intel architecture-based mobile SoC platforms for smartphones.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation in its strategic alliance with China-based Rockchip for the design and marketing of Intel architecture-based mobile SoC platforms for tablets.
Netlist, Inc.
Netlist, Inc. on a loan and patent monetization transaction with Fortress Investment Group LLC.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on IP issues in connection with its acquisition of Intelligent Dialogue Systems, S.L. (Indisys), a Spanish company that provides businesses with natural language and dialogue management solutions.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on IP issues in connection with its acquisition of Mashery.
NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation on IP issues in connection with its acquisition of Israel-based retail software and services company Retalix Ltd., a stock purchase transaction valued at approximately $650 million and the largest public acquisition of an Israeli company announced in 2012.
Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in a transaction with Bayer for the marketing and co-promotion of VEGF Trap-Eye (for treatment of age-related macular degeneration) in Japan.
Gree Inc.
Gree Inc. on IP issues in connection with its acquisition of mobile social games developer Funzio, Inc.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on its $375 million acquisition from InterDigital of roughly 1,700 patents and patent applications primarily related to wireless communication technologies.
Threshold Pharmaceuticals
Threshold Pharmaceuticals in its agreement with Merck KGaA for the development and commercialization of Threshold’s cancer candidate, TH-302, with Threshold receiving up to $550 million in upfront fees and potential development and commercialization milestone payments as well as royalties.
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation on IP issues in connection with its $1.4 billion purchase of Infineon Technologies AG’s Wireless Solutions business.
On Semiconductor Corporation
On Semiconductor Corporation on IP issues in connection with its $31 million acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation’s image sensor business unit.
Advanced Micro Fabrication Equipment, Inc.
Advanced Micro Fabrication Equipment, Inc. (AMEC), on IP issues in connection with settlement of certain disputes with Applied Materials, Inc.
EW Scripps and United Media
EW Scripps and United Media on IP issues in connection with their sale of rights in Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strips and characters to Iconix Brand Group and Schulz’s heirs.
Major consumer products company
A major consumer products company on copyright and other IP issues in connection with an online music talent competition.
Otto Group
Otto Group in its acquisition of the “Bombay” trademarks and related assets from Hilco Consumer Capital and Gordon Brothers Group.
Nikon Metrology
Nikon Metrology on settlement and commercial agreements with Hexagon Metrology related to coordinate measuring arms.
Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Inc., on license agreement with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals regarding the exclusive development and commercialization by Astellas of Ironwood’s linaclotide compound in Asia.
Gruppo Campari
Gruppo Campari on IP issues in connection with its $575M purchase of the Wild Turkey brand and related assets from Pernod Ricard.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., on IP issues in connection with the sale of its Imaging Systems Group to Conexant Systems, Inc.
Leading supplier of mobile handsets
A leading supplier of mobile handsets on license and collaboration agreements with major semiconductor companies regarding the design and supply of 3G chipsets.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., on IP issues in connection with the sale of its Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) power amplifier business to Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
Intercell AG
Intercell AG on marketing and distribution agreement with Novartis for Intercell’s Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in Europe, the U.S., and certain other markets.
Nikon Corporation
Nikon Corporation on license agreement with KLA Tencor, Inc. related to overlay measuring equipment.
Intercell AG
Intercell AG in its strategic alliance with Biological E Ltd. for development, manufacture, and commercialization of Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in Asia.
Intercell AG
Intercell AG on several agreements with Merck & Co., Inc., regarding the development and commercialization of a vaccine against Group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus infections.
Nikon Corporation
Nikon Corporation on complex settlement and cross-license agreements with ASML Holding N.V. and Carl Zeiss SMT AG related to lithography equipment.
Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu Limited on IP and commercial law issues in its collaboration with Sun Microsystems, Inc. (now Oracle), regarding the development and commercialization of server products.

Chambers USA states that Mr. Pichler is “hands down a go-to attorney for his diligence and creativity’.” He is also recommended by Legal 500 US as an “IP Guru” and “a uniquely technically sound and diligent lawyer” for his patent licensing and transactional work. Mr. Pichler is recommended by IAM Patent 1000 and described as “an excellent scholar and technician” and “a master of the deal-making arts,” who is in his “element brokering billion dollar transactions.”

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