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, by Legal 500 as a member of our Tier 1 Patent Licensing and Technology Transactions Practices, and by Managing IP as a Patent Star.
He has been a guest lecturer at Stanford Law School, teaching on international copyright licensing.
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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