For more than three decades, Morrison & Foerster has been routinely called upon to represent clients in their most high-profile litigations. Today, our deep bench of trial lawyers with substantive patent experience provides clients with a world-class litigation practice, able to address any issue regarding the protection of patents and other IP.
Our 125 IP litigators include top trial and appellate lawyers in the U.S. and Asia, where we regularly litigate highly complex cases involving cross-border matters, cutting-edge technologies, and multiple-party disputes.
Clients laud our team for its excellent courtroom skills, its ability to analyze key issues in a case and to develop novel solutions, and its depth of experience across industries. We have the distinguishing ability to handle issues of any complexity, in any venue, involving any technology. Leading third-party guides to the legal industry have taken notice: Year in and year out, we are ranked by Chambers Global, U.S. and Asia, as among the top-ranked IP practices in the world. Our accolades include, among others, Chambers USA’s 2013 IP Firm of the Year, Law360’s 2014 IP Practice Group of the Year, and being named a 2014 IP Litigation Powerhouse and a 2015 IP VIP by BTI Litigation Outlook. In 2017, we were once again named to the National Law Journal’s IP Hotlist, and Legal 500 US recommended us again last year as Top Tier for Patent Litigation. We are perennially top-ranked for IP litigation and patent litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers, and 2017 was no exception.
Collaboration is the hallmark of the firm. Our clients benefit not only from the courtroom prowess of our litigators–and their ability to resolve disputes short of trial–but also from the experienced patent prosecutors and licensing specialists who bring their sophisticated technical insights to bear in shaping our winning litigation strategies. The firm’s highly collaborative culture and integration across practice groups is truly unique among law firms. We find this approach ensures that every matter is staffed with individuals with the most relevant experience, whether that is in the courtroom or, when needed, with specialized technical training and licensing know-how. We draw on 66 lawyers, patent agents, and scientific analysts with technical and scientific PhDs, and many more with experience as engineers and scientists in technical professions. This collaborative approach is what clients tell us they need from their IP counsel, and it sets MoFo apart from other firms.
Additionally, we are one of a small number of U.S. law firms with a significant international IP litigation practice, and we are widely recognized as one of the strongest global IP litigation firms. The Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards honored us again with its 2015 IP Law Firm of the Year award, and ranked us Tier 1 for Patents in its 2017 China & Japan International firms table. Our Tokyo IP litigation team frequently appears in all of the U.S. federal district courts that handle high volumes of patent litigation, as well as in the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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 2017 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
BTI Litigation Outlook “IP VIP” (2015) “IP Litigation Powerhouse” (2014)
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