Morrison & Foerster offers clients an intellectual property practice that is unrivaled in its depth of experience, industry and technical expertise, and international scale.
One of our many strengths is our experience in the area of patent interferences. These adversarial proceedings before the USPTO determine priority in the case of competing patent applications. Patent interference proceedings can be effective and cost-efficient alternatives to patent litigation.
We handle interference actions for a wide range of clients in industries where intellectual property is particularly valuable.
Our patent specialists bring substantial expertise in fields such as biotechnology, chemical technology, communications, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and software. Our clients include Chiron, Centacor and DePuy Orthopedics (Johnson & Johnson affiliates), Eiken Chemical Company, the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company, and the University of California.
We are a pioneer in blending litigation attorneys and patent prosecutors to handle interferences, and we are one of a handful of firms with extensive experience in this adversarial action in the USPTO. Our experience includes leadership roles in the Interference Bar, and experts who regularly lecture on the latest developments in interference law.
Law360 IP Practice Group of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016
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 USA 2017 National: Intellectual Property National: International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337) California: Intellectual Property California: Intellectual Property (Patent Prosecution) New York: Technology & Outsourcing Washington D.C.: Intellectual Property (Litigation) Washington D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property
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The National Law Journal 2016 IP Hot List
Legal 500 US 2018 Copyright Patent Litigation: ITC Patent Litigation: Full Coverage Patents: Portfolio Management and Licensing Patent: Prosecution (Including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Trade Secrets Trademarks: Litigation
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Managing IP: American Awards Shortlist 2018 United States: Appellate United States: Life Sciences IP Litigation United States: ITC Japan: Patent – Foreign Firms
IAM Patent 1000 2017 California: Litigation (Gold) California: Transactions (Highly Recommended) California: Prosecution Hong Kong: Litigation & Transactions International Japan: Litigation and Licensing (Highly Recommended) National: Transactions National: Litigation Washington D.C.: Litigation
LMG Life Sciences 2017 Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation Patent Prosecution (Highly Recommended) Patent Strategy and Management (Highly Recommended)
IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
IP Firm of the Year
BTI Litigation Outlook “IP VIP” (2015) “IP Litigation Powerhouse” (2014)
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