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.
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
IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
IP Firm of the Year
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