IP Counsel

Should you require a reference on any vendor below, please contact Laura Alessio at lalessio@atlasventure.com


At the outset, you will need to understand the patent landscape and freedom-to-operate around your technology.  As additional intellectual property is generated, you will need to file and maintain new patents.

What You Need:

  • Freedom-to-operate analysis
  • Advice on licensing any intellectual property
  • Identification of potentially infringing patents
  • Identification of new patentable inventions
  • Filing and maintaining new patents

vendors, resources, & Templates

Clark & Elbing


Clark+Elbing is a top-tier intellectual property (IP) law firm focused on protecting and promoting innovations in life science, chemistry, devices, and diagnostics.

Founded in 1996 by a group with a shared passion for science, our firm has a long-held reputation as a premier law firm for patents. We are proud to offer a robust team of IP attorneys with advanced degrees in science who are supported by a group of Ph.D.s who are at the forefront of scientific innovation.

We are as curious, collaborative, precise, and creative as you are. We are unapologetic science enthusiasts with a deep appreciation for technology. We understand what it is, how it works, why it matters – and what it is worth. That’s why clients like you prefer to work with us. We get it, and we get you.



As advisers to disrupters – particularly in the technology, life sciences and high-growth industries – we see firsthand the power of innovation. As a result, we invest significant time and resources in implementing and developing the tools, systems and infrastructure necessary to dramatically transform the client experience.

We think beyond the limits of technology to encompass leading-edge processes and individual talents for a unique blend that benefits our professionals, our clients and our communities.

For more information contact Ken Krisko at kkrisko@cooley.com

Dechert LLP


Maximizing the commercial value of intellectual property

Dechert’s IP practice has extensive experience assisting companies with monetizing and extracting value from their IP portfolios, including managing strategic worldwide licensing campaigns and conducting enforcement litigation when necessary.

With dynamic new products and innovations developing at an extraordinary rate, our lawyers possess the critical knowledge of the underlying science and technology to help clients continue to achieve IP maintenance and growth.

We focus on the priorities and needs of our clients, devising strategies to protect their interests throughout the world, enhance their market position and shield them from infringement and unfair competition.

Recognizing how critical IP is to our clients’ business models, Dechert delivers extensive expertise on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, software, technology and privacy issues that arise in the commercial context. We also provide counseling on entering into arrangements and alliances to drive profitability, expand market share and make a significant impact in the marketplace.

For more information contact Andrea Reid at andrea.reid@dechert.com

Faber Law Group


At Faber, most of our professionals have held full-time positions with life science startups. Several of our attorneys were themselves entrepreneurs who successfully led new ventures to market. Others have focused their careers on commercializing university research. Many have handled discovery and development stage licensing, as well as spin-out transactions, while working inside the legal departments of major pharmaceutical firms.

We leverage this experience for you, to structure a Newco that enables lab-based discoveries to realize their potential, while protecting the interests of all stakeholders.

For more information contact Joe Faber at joe.faber@faberlawgroup.com

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Fenwick & West


Leading life sciences and healthcare companies that are changing the world through innovation rely on Fenwick for advice on their most business-critical legal needs. Our highly specialized lawyers—many with prior careers in the life sciences industry as general counsel, scientists, bankers and regulatory employees—help clients become and remain market leaders.

Our lawyers possess deep industry and scientific knowledge, as well as an understanding of how life sciences companies are formed, financed, grown and taken public or acquired based on decades of experience in scaling with companies from inception.

Often serving as outsourced general counsel, we represent hundreds of companies and institutions at various stages of their development—from innovative biotechnology startups that are pioneering the latest breakthroughs in gene and cell therapies, small molecules and antibodies, to global medical device companies and pharmaceutical giants looking into strategic acquisitions. We also have strong ties to venture capital and investment banking firms and other strategic investors focused on the life sciences industry.

For more information contact Michael Farn at mfarn@fenwick.com

Fish & Richardson


Agreements affecting intellectual property assets are critical to the underlying value of those assets. Great intellectual property can be diminished through agreements of poor quality. Likewise, the relative value of any intellectual property can be enhanced through thoughtful and effective agreements. Fish & Richardson’s licensing practitioners routinely handle more than 100 different types of intellectual property licensing and technology agreements for organizations ranging from start-ups, to technology transfer offices, to multinational corporations.

Our licensing professionals provide world-class strategic assistance with licensing and technology agreements via a unique combination of skill sets: a deep understanding of the underlying technology, significant business acumen, and a thorough understanding of the applicable legal principles. Attorneys within our licensing practice are licensed patent attorneys and have previously served as in-house counsel or have owned their own businesses. The combination of these legal and practical skill sets allows our licensing professionals to be a valued part of your efforts to protect and commercialize your intellectual property.

For more information contact Teresa Lavoie at lavoie@fr.com

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At Goodwin, we partner with our clients to practice law with integrity, ingenuity, agility and ambition. Our 1,400 lawyers across 13 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world-class advisory services in the technology, life sciences, real estate, private equity, and financial industries. Our unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and investors in a rapidly changing, technology-driven economy sets us apart.

For more information contact Mitch Bloom at mbloom@goodwinlaw.com

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McCarter & English


We take an integrated approach to grow and protect your innovations. Our intellectual property team of more than 100 lawyers and patent professionals combine technical and scientific acumen with legal skill and experience to collaboratively advance the assets and aspirations of today’s companies. Working dynamically across the core intellectual property law disciplines, our Intellectual Property practice delivers comprehensive solutions to strengthen, defend, and enforce our clients’ inventions, brands, and original works.

For more information contact Steven G. Davis at sdavis@mccarter.com

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Wolf Greenfield


We have been a patent powerhouse for nearly nine decades. Clients—including Nobel Prize winners, Fortune 500 companies, technology startups and leading research universities—turn to us to help them protect their inventions, products and services, and build value in a competitive marketplace.

Here’s why clients choose Wolf Greenfield:

EXPERIENCE COUNTS. Our experience before the US Patent and Trademark Office, combined with our deep technical knowledge, produce strong patents with broad protection and claims that can be defended if litigation is threatened. When it’s a do-or-die situation, or clients have complex or technically challenging matters, they come to us.

SUPERLATIVE SERVICE. We strive to exceed our clients’ expectations when it comes to responsiveness, accessibility and personal attention, often providing off-the-clock assistance and education to support their strategic goals.

STABLE TEAMS. Clients appreciate the remarkable degree of stability among our people because they can rely on the consistency of a solid team to keep pace with their growth.

STRUCTURED TO SUCCEED GLOBALLY. Our legal support staff includes paralegals, search specialists, international filing specialists, and docketing and research professionals skilled at managing patent portfolios, and our client portal gives clients 24/7 access to their matter-level patent portfolio data. Working with select international patent firms in over 130 countries, we can choose the right international partner for our clients’ needs and budgets.

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