The Daily Journal named three Morrison & Foerster partners to its list of 2018 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers, including Palo Alto partner Catherine Polizzi and San Francisco partners Stefani Shanberg and Michael Ward.
Catherine’s profile in the Daily Journal highlights her work over the past year for clients Genentech and Celgene to bring strategic acumen to complex IP problems and bring life-saving treatments to market. For Genentech, Catherine was instrumental in defending against a patent infringement suit brought by Arch Development Corp. She also helped Genentech with the approval and patenting of Actemra, the first drug to specifically treat giant cell arteritis. For client Juno, she spearheads its IP portfolio, which was instrumental in its acquisition by Celgene. Read the full Daily Journal article for Catherine Polizzi.
Stefani, who joined the firm just last year, discussed the ins and outs of her defense of client Blue Coat Systems in a suit brought by Finjan, which went to trial multiple times in just a few months. Also highlighted in the write up is Stefani’s work on Max Sound Corp. v Google Inc. in a video software dispute. (Stefani’s work on the case was completed at her prior firm.) Stefani and her team won $820,000 in attorneys’ fees for their client. Stefani’s 2017 Federal Circuit wins are also highlighted. Read the full Daily Journal article for Stefani Shanberg.
Michael was included as a Top IP lawyer for his work on a case for client UC Davis in a matter that risked the future of its strawberry breeding program. The University’s strawberry varieties produce about 60 percent of the strawberries consumed worldwide, so the firm’s win in a patent dispute against two former university scientists who stole plants was a “bet-the-university” sized success for the MoFo team on the case. Read the full Daily Journal article for Michael Ward.
The full profiles of Catherine, Stefani, and Michael are featured in a special Top Intellectual Property Lawyers issue that was published on April 18, 2018.