Morrison & Foerster has one of the most experienced and highly regarded patent practices in the field. Our attorneys have played a significant role in the creation and protection of many of the landmark patent portfolios in the information technology and life science industries.
We offer clients a patent counseling and prosecution practice that is unrivaled in its depth of experience, industry and technical expertise, and international scale.
Our patent attorneys are particularly skilled in the strategic planning of a patent portfolio, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations, in anticipation of possible future litigation.
We work closely with clients from the earliest stages of their technical development, offering valuable advice about how to protect their inventions and new ideas in view of their business strategies. We are often called upon to advise clients 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 that require the negotiation of royalty payments. When necessary, we assemble experienced teams of patent attorneys, patent litigators, and technical experts to address unique business or intellectual property issues that may arise.
Our patent practice includes two main technology sectors: biotechnologies, and electronics, software, and telecommunications.
Within biotechnology, our attorneys have significant expertise in chemistry, DNA, pharmaceuticals, therapeutic biologics, production of biologics, drug delivery, medical devices, plants, nanotechnology.
Within electronics, software, and telecommunications, we have particular expertise in software, computer hardware, Internet, telecommunications, semiconductors, electronic storage media, optical technologies, and digital signal processing technologies, as well as in "business method" patents.
Given the depth and breadth of our experience, we are able to work with clients seeking patent protection and counseling in virtually any field. For example, we have a growing nanotechnology practice, representing clients primarily in the materials and bionano areas.
Calling on our attorneys with outstanding expertise in the life sciences, materials, and chemistry areas, we are able to provide cutting-edge patent prosecution and counseling advice to our clients in this complex and demanding new area of patent practice.
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)
IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
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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