Rufus Pichler is a partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster LLP and has been a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group for over fifteen years. His practice focuses primarily on commercial transactions involving technology and intellectual property.
Among other things, Mr. Pichler advises companies in the wireless, computer and IT, semiconductor, biotechnology 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. In particular, Mr. Pichler has advised clients extensively in connection with complex patent licensing transactions, including patent exhaustion issues, patent sales and acquisitions, patent strategy, and intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions, both in the U.S. and other jurisdictions.
Mr. Pichler has specific expertise in international intellectual property and commercial law including European Union and German law, and has advised clients from the United States and abroad in a variety of international transactions and with respect to global intellectual property protection strategies. Clients he advised include AccuWeather, Astellas, Atmel, Autodesk, DSP Group, Elpida, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Intel, Mediatek, Mitsubishi Electric, Moody’s, Netlist, Nikon, On Semiconductor, Otto Group, Panasonic, Technicolor and Toshiba.
Mr. Pichler served as adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he taught International Intellectual Property Law, and has published several books and articles in the field of intellectual property and technology law. In 2005/2006, Mr. Pichler served as the Global Engelberg Fellow from Practice at the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy at New York University’s School of Law where he conducted research on issues surrounding the patent exhaustion and implied license doctrines.
Mr. Pichler holds advanced degrees in law in the U.S. and Germany. He received his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 1995, and he holds a J.S.M. (Master of the Science of Law) degree from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. (Dr. iur.) from the University of Münster, Germany. He is admitted to practice in New York, California, and Germany.
Mr. Pichler is listed in Chambers USA 2014 as an “Up & Coming” attorney in New York Technology & Outsourcing. Chambers 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 "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” with “a great sense in terms of balancing what is and what is not important [and] the potential to get to the top level of the market.”
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