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The Daily Journal Recognizes Three Morrison & Foerster Top IP Lawyers

18 Aug 2017

The Daily Journal named three Morrison & Foerster partners to its list of 2017 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers, including Palo Alto partner Catherine Polizzi and San Francisco partners Stefani Shanberg and Michael Ward.

Catherine’s doctorate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry gives her a strong foundation to protect the innovations of her biotech and pharma clients. Her work includes developing cutting-edge strategies for Genentech Inc.’s multibillion-dollar portfolios, including major cancer drugs Kadcyla, Perjeta, Gazyva, and Tecentriq. She has taken the lead in matters that have allowed the company to obtain critical and valuable patent-term extensions. She also successfully helped develop key strategies which led to achieving a win in inter partes review proceedings that targeted patents that protect Genentech’s breast cancer therapy drug, Kadcyla.

Since arriving at Morrison & Foerster in May, Stefani’s accomplishments include winning summary judgment of noninfringement for Blue Coat Systems LLC narrowing the 10-patent case brought by Finjan, Inc. that is set for trial in October, and successfully arguing on behalf of Square Inc. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. According to The Daily Journal, Stefani highlighted the Federal Circuit victory for Square as “a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with my new colleagues in MoFo’s appellate group.”

Mike leverages his Ph.D. in plant physiology to manage MoFo’s plant IP team that handles work for ag clients such as Dole, Driscolls, Mars, Enza Zaden, and Pop Vriend Seeds to protect their plant intellectual property. Most recently, he assisted MoFo’s IP litigation team in a case involving patent infringement over strawberries in UC Davis’ breeding program. In what has been called “an epic battle over the right to breed sweeter and juicier strawberries,” a federal jury recently ruled in favor of the university in its lawsuit with two former UC Davis strawberry breeders and the private breeding company they created with UC-owned plants.

Full profiles of Catherine, Stefani, and Michael are featured in a special Top Intellectual Property Lawyers issue that was published on August 16.

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