Venture Intellectual Property

Dedicated to investor-side intellectual property due diligence, Morrison & Foerster’s Venture Intellectual Property Group provides strategic legal advice to investors on key business considerations in VC investments, corporate venture investments, collaborations, joint venture evaluations, and licensing evaluations. We also help value investments while providing strategic advice on how best to position companies for optimal partnering and transactional strategies.

We apply our broad IP experience to evaluating both healthy and troubled portfolios for VCs before investment and re-tooling and managing portfolios after investment, ultimately strengthening our clients’ positions. We help investors reduce or eliminate IP risk, including risks related to patent ownership, inventorship, patent coverage, freedom-to-operate, and potential litigation.

Importantly, our team addresses complex issues and identifies potential valuation pitfalls, drawing on a deep bench of legal, scientific, and practical business experience. We synthesize advice from across functional legal areas, creating efficiencies for clients.

Our team also possesses a critical understanding across industries. Our attorneys and agents are specialists in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, materials chemistry, medical devices, agtech, electronics, software, telecommunications, and energy and greentech.  

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 2017
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
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
Japan: Litigation and Licensing (Highly Recommended)
National: Transactions
National: Litigation
Washington D.C.: Litigation

LMG Life Sciences 2013
Firm of the year: Patent Prosecution

Venture Intellectual Property

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

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