Patent Counseling + Prosecution


With 65 Ph.D.s, more than 100 advanced degrees, and multi-lingual capabilities, including Chinese and German, we offer clients around the world a patent prosecution and counseling practice that is unrivaled in its depth of industry and technical experience. From the earliest stage of technical development to product clearance and licensing, our team develops a deep understanding of our clients’ business strategy so that we can customize an IP strategy for them.

Our approach sets us apart from our competitors. We ask:

  • How do we protect the company’s products?
  • Which inventions need to be kept as trade secrets?
  • Which inventions should be patented?
  • How do we protect the invention from design-arounds?
  • How do we position the company for growth in the market?

Only after we answer these questions do we start to draft patent applications that support those IP strategies.

Our patent lawyers are skilled in the strategic planning of patent portfolios, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations in anticipation of possible future litigation. We are often called upon to represent clients—from ventured-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies to leading universities—on complex licensing, patent clearance, and adversarial matters, as well as to provide strategic business counsel regarding the development of products or technologies that may allegedly infringe patents held by competitors or require the negotiation of royalty payments. When necessary, we assemble experienced teams of patent lawyers, patent litigators, and technical experts to address unique business or IP issues that may arise.

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)


Read the latest legal and business insights impacting the global life sciences community


National Law Journal - 2016 IP Hot List


Law 360 - IP Practice Group of the Year
IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013


Chambers USA Winner 2013 - IP Firm of the Year
IP Firm of the Year


“A standout feature is practice head Michael Ward’s expertise in agricultural IP involving patents on plants and plant products."
(Legal 500 US 2018)

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