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 2015, 2013
Chambers USA 2016 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 Global 2016 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 2017 2011 Asia Pacific Awards: Japan – International Firm of the Year Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property China: Intellectual Property: International Firms
BTI Litigation Outlook “IP VIP” (2015) “IP Litigation Powerhouse” (2014)
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2015 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 Recorder Three IP Litigators named 2012 Attorney of the Year by The Recorder.
The National Law Journal 2015 IP Hot List
Legal 500 US 2016 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 2015 China: Foreign Firms Hong Kong Japan: International Firms and Joint Ventures
Managing IP: Patent Survey 2015 United States: Bio/Life Sciences United States: Patent Contentious United States: Patent Prosecution United States: ITC Japan: Patent – foreign firms
Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2015 IP Law Firm of the Year
Benchmark Litigation Awards 2014 Intellectual Property Firm of the Year California Firm of the Year National Impact Case Award
IAM Patent 1000 2016 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 2013 Firm of the year: Patent Prosecution
IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
IP Firm of the Year
“With ‘outstanding’ lawyers across California – in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and San Diego – it is a ‘patent prosecution powerhouse’.” (Legal 500 US 2015)
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