Thomas E. Ciotti

Senior Counsel

Palo Alto, (650) 813-5702


University of Michigan (B.S., 1961)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1964)

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Thomas Ciotti is senior counsel, co-founder of Morrison & Foerster's Venture Intellectual Property Group, and founder of the firm's Biotechnology/Chemistry, Medical Device, and Greentech Patent Groups.

Due diligence counseling from both the investor and company sides has always been a significant part of Mr. Ciotti's practice. In recent years venture side due diligence has become the mainstay of his practice and a critical and important part of Morrison & Foerster's intellectual property practice. With the recent interest in renewable energy/Cleantech by the venture capital community, Mr. Ciotti's practice has grown to include those technologies.

Mr. Ciotti was one of the first biotechnology patent attorneys and represented, and continues to represent, universities and corporations that pioneered the field of biotechnology. He also has served as principal intellectual property counsel to medical device companies.

Mr. Ciotti is a former president of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association and has served as chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California.

He has over 40 years of experience in life sciences intellectual property law and is regularly acknowledged by his peers as one of the top life sciences intellectual property lawyers in the United States. Mr. Ciotti is one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for ten years.

Thomas Ciotti has been recognized as a “Life Sciences Star” within the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences 2012. He is also recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA 2009, Best Lawyers In America 2010 and Super Lawyers 2009.

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