Morrison & Foerster is the global law firm to the tech industry. Our clients—which span emerging innovation drivers to iconic brands—rely on our Technology Transactions Group for its strategic advice on business-critical projects. 

We advise on patent and technology licensing and acquisitions, joint ventures and joint development projects, strategic alliances, M&A-related tech transactions, distribution and supply agreements, and global outsourcing. We also help clients navigate adversarial patent licensing negotiations and copyright matters. 

We have spent decades cultivating our industry roots in the tech, consumer products, energy, financial services, life sciences, health care, and transportation sectors. Keeping pace with these ever-changing industries, our clients also turn to our market-leading practice for advice associated with emerging and disruptive technologies, where we have developed a set of focused subgroups around the fields of AI and robotics, augmented and virtual reality, Blockchain and distributed ledger, fintech, IoT and connected devices, life sciences, semiconductors, and software, cloud, and SaaS technologies. We also have deep experience in the areas of social media, as well as digital media and digital distribution.  

Our clients rely on us to identify legal and commercial risks, mitigate problems and safeguard their interests. At the same time, they count on us to implement key business plans, stay ahead of market trends, and increase the bottom line.

Astellas Pharma Inc.
We represented Astellas in a $815 million collaboration and license agreement with San Francisco-based FibroGen, Inc. for the exclusive rights to develop and market anaemia therapies FG-2216 and FG 4592 in Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa; a $760 million exclusive worldwide collaboration (including an exclusive license to applicable patent rights) with CoMentis, Inc., to develop and commercialize products from CoMentis's beta-secretase inhibitor program, including compound CTS-21166, an orally bioavailable, small molecule beta-secretase inhibitor that is being developed as a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer's disease; and a $180 million global agreement with Maxygen, Inc. under which Astellas received worldwide rights to commercialize MAXY-4 lead candidates for all autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection.
Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee
We served as international legal counsel to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG). We assisted with a range of legal issues arising from the requirements, preparation, and hosting of the 2008 Summer Games, including legal advice related to marketing, broadcasting, the protection of intellectual property, venue construction, procurement, entertainment, technology, and other related matters.
Cambridge Antibody Technology
We represented Cambridge Antibody Technology in connection with a major strategic alliance with AstraZeneca to discover and develop human antibody therapeutics in inflammatory disorders.
Fujitsu Limited
We represented Fujitsu Limited in its license covering the entire portfolio of patents of Rambus Inc. The agreement covers chip interface technology that Fujitsu has used in PCs and servers.
Novell, Inc.
We represent Novell with respect to open source software issues including its dispute with SCO over copyrights in UNIX.
We represented Toshiba in its $288 million acquisition of certain of Micron Technology's semiconductor patents and of a license under all patents owned or previously owned by Lexar Media.
Warner Music Group
We represented Warner Music Group in a joint venture with MySpace involving the licensing of a majority of Warner's catalog for use in various digital forms. The transaction also involved the licensing of applicable publishing rights through Warner Music's publishing arm.

Chambers Europe 2018
Germany: TMT: Media

Chambers UK 2019
UK-wide: Outsourcing
London: Information Technology

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2019
Law Firm of the Year: Information Technology Law (2013 - 2015, 2017-2018)
National: Technology Law (Tier 1)
National: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
New York City: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Technology Law (Tier 2)

Chambers Global 2018 
Global: Outsourcing
Global: TMT
USA: Outsourcing
Asia-Pacific: TMT

Chambers USA 2018
National: Outsourcing
California: IT & Outsourcing
New York: Technology & Outsourcing
Washington, D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018
Asia-Pacific Region: Technology, Media, Telecoms
China: Technology, Media, Telecoms: International Firms

Chambers Europe 2018
Germany: TMT: Media

Legal 500 US 2018
Data Protection & Privacy
Technology Transactions

Legal 500 UK 2019
Technology, Media & Telecoms: IT & Telecoms
Corporate & Commercial: Commercial Contracts

Legal 500 Germany 2018
Media: Entertainment
Information Technology and Outsourcing: Data Protection

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 
China: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms
Hong Kong: Technology, Media & Telecoms
Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures
Japan: Technology, Media & Telecoms
Singapore: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms

Asia-Pacific: TMT

BLF Badge 2019

Blockchain + Smart Contracts Resource Center

Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) Resources

Best Lawyers 2018 - Information Technology Law Tier 1

“Well-established technology practice complemented by a global platform able to advise on the full range of IT issues.” 
Chambers UK 2019

“They have a very strong TMT brand that carries wherever they open an office” 
Chambers Global 2018

“They’re a pleasure to work with and the international collaboration works really well.”
Chambers Europe

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