Venture Intellectual Property


Intellectual property (IP) strategy – like all business strategy – requires looking around the bend. A strategic approach requires understanding every aspect of IP law so that the property can be protected in every stage of that lifespan. Our experienced patent attorneys help companies, investment banks and venture capitalists achieve their business goals and protect their IP through such services as freedom to operate assessments, landscaping analyses, as well as patent portfolio audits. These activities help reduce intellectual property risks, value the IP, and identify opportunities to strengthen the patent portfolio.

As a firm with deep roots in the technology industry, we regularly assist high tech and life sciences clients. We were the first to institutionalize a specialized group, our Venture Intellectual Property Group (VIP), to focus on investor-side due diligence. Our VIP group has performed hundreds of investor-side due diligence matters for some of the most respected venture firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, InterWest, Polaris Venture Partners, and Sanderling Ventures. Our team members represent the full spectrum of the life sciences community, having specialties in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and chemistry. We also work with large diversified pharmaceutical companies and healthcare service companies.

With the largest patent group of any general practice firm, Morrison & Foerster is uniquely positioned to assist clients with their patent needs. The firm’s 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.

In addition, the firm’s Venture Intellectual Property group is one of the few specializing in investor-side intellectual property due diligence. The group is uniquely positioned to identify the legal issues surrounding life sciences and academia-originated technology.

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 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
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

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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