Leveraging the talents of our world-class patent practice, Morrison & Foerster’s team conducts patent due diligence for clients in mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, joint ventures, investments, public offerings, and collaborations. Through rigorous examinations of patent portfolios, we help companies and investors assess the risks and value of these transactions.
We bring a deeply talented team to evaluating the most complex patents, and our combination of sophisticated scientific background and business insight sets us apart. With 65 PhDs and more than 100 advanced degrees, our team is acutely knowledgeable in the sciences and technologies in which our clients operate. Further, through years of experience, we have gained valuable insights into the issues and pitfalls associated with patent evaluation. We bring these together to handle our clients’ matters efficiently and effectively, ultimately saving them time and money. We conduct thorough freedom-to-operate analyses and investigate the enforceability, scope, ownership, and validity of patents. Importantly, we also help clients determine how patents fit within a larger IP strategy and broader business goals.
Clients benefit from our unique approach, which includes both multilevel talent and cross-functional areas of law. Our patent due diligence team includes partners and associates, as well as patent agents and analysts with strong technical expertise, and a team that is wholly dedicated to patent searches. Meanwhile, we work closely with professionals in other areas of law to ensure sophisticated, multifaceted issues are not missed, sparing clients from the work of synthesizing advice from different functional areas.
We apply all of this to help clients achieve their goals:
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
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018 National: IP Litigation (Tier 1) National: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) National: Patent Law (Tier 1) Los Angeles: IP Litigation (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: IP Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Patent Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: IP Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Patent Law (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: IP Litigation (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: Patent Litigation (Tier 1)
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
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 China: Intellectual Property: Foreign Firms Hong Kong: Intellectual Property Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures
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)
United States: Intellectual Property (Patent)
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