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