Morrison & Foerster's litigation practice covers all aspects of intellectual property disputes, from complex patent litigation to trademark and interference matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Our clients benefit from one of the largest and best respected patent groups in the world, with nearly 350 attorneys, two-thirds of whom are litigators.
Clients rely on our deep and talented pool of litigators, including a number of the most accomplished trial attorneys in the U.S. The size and experience of our litigation team has provided us with expertise in a variety of venues, including all of the district courts that handle high volumes of patent litigation, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In fact, we were one of the most active in district court representations, ranking second among all law firms in a recent survey.
Our litigators represent clients in all types of trade practice claims under both federal and state laws: trademark, service mark, and trade dress infringement; dilution; unfair competition; counterfeiting; cybersquatting; and unfair advertising cases. In addition, we have represented many clients in disputes involving infringing Internet domain names and cybersquatting through ICANN’s arbitration procedures. Our clients include both U.S. and non-U.S. concerns, including major corporations, new information technology and life sciences ventures, universities, and nonprofit research institutions.
Our team approach ensures that litigation clients whose cases include scientific or other complex issues benefit from the integration of our patent prosecution practice with our IP litigation practice.
Our intellectual property litigators have won scores of high-stakes cases involving disputes over key patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property for clients such as Bayer, Chiron, EchoStar, Novartis, and Pioneer. We also bring substantial expertise in fields such as biotechnology, chemical technology, communications, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and software.
Our intellectual property litigators are known for their courtroom skills, their ability to analyze the key issues in a case and develop a novel solution for resolving or winning it, and their depth of experience in industries such as life sciences and information technology.
Most recently, our IP litigation practice was recognized as the 2013 Chambers USA Intellectual Property Firm of the Year and a 2012 Law360 Practice Group of the Year.
Chambers USA 2018
National: Intellectual Property National: International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337) California: Intellectual Property California: Intellectual Property (Patent Prosecution) Washington D.C.: Intellectual Property (Litigation)
Chambers Global 2018 Global: Intellectual Property Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property China: Intellectual Property: International Firms Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms United States: Intellectual Property (Patent) United States: Intellectual Property (Section 337)
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2019 National: IP Litigation National: Patent Litigation National: Patent Law Los Angeles: IP Litigation Los Angeles: Patent Litigation San Diego: IP Litigation San Diego: Patent Litigation San Diego: Patent Law San Francisco: IP Litigation San Francisco: Patent Litigation San Francisco: Patent Law Washington D.C.: IP Litigation Washington D.C.: Patent Litigation
“MoFo has one of the largest and highest-rated intellectual property practices in the world. The firm’s litigators are renowned for their success in high-stakes, complex cases worldwide with some of the top trial and appellate lawyers in the US. The firm is noted for its US Supreme Court and appellate practice.”
“Active on a range of matters within the IP field, including litigation and international arbitration. Strengths include copyright and patent infringement issues, as well as misappropriation of trade secrets, management of patent portfolios and investigations. Cross-border reach from US offices, with a notable presence in the Asia-Pacific, including a market-leading office in Japan.”
“Sophistication in the IP area…combined with an exceptional level of client service.”
“Enjoys a sound reputation in this space across China and Hong Kong, and is well regarded in Japan. Especially strong in patent litigation cases, and in handling cross-border transactional matters. Possesses an impressive client following among technology, pharmaceutical and biotech companies.”
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