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.  

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)

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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