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Morrison & Foerster LLP

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

Morrison & Foerster is a renowned global IP player across both disputes and transactional spaces. Clients benefit from the integrated practice consisting of offices located in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The firm offers:
• Expert support for international clients within the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.
• Ability to handle copyright and patent infringement matters, as well as management of patent portfolios, licensing disputes and investigations.
• Significant experience working on complex disputes relating to the misappropriation of trade secrets.


Morrison & Foerster is commended by one client for "having one of the best Japanese legal teams available among American-based law firms," and goes on to describe the IP group as being "strategic yet willing to accommodate the client's evolving needs."

Notable practitioners

Michael Jacobs, Richard Hung and Michael Ward are based in San Francisco and lead the firm's global IP practice.

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Morrison & Foerster is an IP powerhouse, representing clients in their complex patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and IP transaction matters. Clients come to us for our ability to combine market-changing IP experience with scientific and technical expertise on a global scale.

We are adept at resolving disputes short of trial, but when cases do see the inside of a courtroom, the prowess of our litigators is second to none. The size and experience of our litigation team have provided us with expertise in a variety of venues, including all of the district courts that handle high volumes of patent litigation, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Our global patent prosecution group is the largest of any general practice firm, with 65 Ph.D. in technology and life sciences. We are particularly skilled in the strategic planning of patent portfolios, including—for example—writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations, in anticipation of possible future litigation. We work closely with clients from the earliest stages of their technical development, offering valuable advice about how to protect their inventions and new ideas in view of their business strategies.

Intellectual Property

Morrison & Foerster LLP


425 Market Street

San Francisco



CA 94105-2482

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