Prominent Life Sciences Patent Partner Joins Cooley

Palo Alto – June 29, 2016 – Cooley is expanding its patent counseling & prosecution practice with the arrival of acclaimed partner Mika Reiner Mayer, whose practice focuses on patent due diligence, strategic portfolio management and patent prosecution. Mayer joins from Morrison & Foerster, where she co-founded and led the venture intellectual property group and also led the medical device patent group. She will be based in Palo Alto.

Widely known for her strategic insights and deep understanding of business, Mayer is the go-to diligence counsel in Silicon Valley for life science companies and their investors. She is one of the most sought-after lawyers in life sciences patent prosecution for startup and established companies alike.

"Mika will be a tremendous resource for our global life sciences client base," said Michael Tuscan, co-chair of Cooley's patent counseling & prosecution group. "She has a phenomenal reputation and the skills and experience necessary to counsel our clients on the value and strategy behind building and leveraging a patent portfolio to grow a business."

Barbara Kosacz, head of the firm's global life sciences practice, added: "This is a game changer for us – we have expanded our marquee life sciences patent practice in one of our largest strategic markets. Mika follows the arrival of several key life sciences patent partners in Boston and London, marking another major step in the strong growth of our global life sciences practice. We are committed to continuing to expand our life sciences patent prosecution footprint in Palo Alto, and Mika – who is one of the most talented, dedicated and well-regarded lawyers in her field – is ideally suited to lead that effort."

"Cooley's corporate platform is second to none – the synergy with my practice is undeniable," said Mayer. "The firm dominates the emerging company life sciences market, and I am excited to help solidify Cooley's position as the nation's leading life sciences patent team."

With an established track record of success and brand name recognition, Mayer has garnered numerous national and local industry honors. Earlier this month she won Euromoney's Best in Patent award. She has twice been named to the Recorder's Women Leaders in Tech Law, and every year since 2013, she has been included on both the Daily Journal's list of California's Top Women Lawyers and Top 25 IP Portfolio Managers. LMG awarded her Patent Prosecution Attorney of the Year: Medical Devices in 2013 and the National Law Journal named Mayer as one of its Top 50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers in 2014.

Mayer is frequently called upon for speaking engagements. She guest lectures for Stanford's Biodesign Innovation Class, and regularly speaks at industry events on topics including leadership, patent strategy and inclusion and diversity.

About Cooley LLP

Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law.

Cooley has been named to the National Law Journal's IP Hot List four times in five years and was recently ranked as the #1 law firm for life sciences patent matters by Life Sciences Law Firm Index.  Cooley has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe.

Press Coverage:

"‘Game Changer’ Life Sciences Partner Joins Cooley," Intellectual Property Magazine

"Cooley Raids Pillsbury, MoFo for Two Big IP Hires," The Recorder (Subscription required)

"Cooley Adds Mika Mayer," The Deal

"Cooley Adds IP Pros from Pillsbury, MoFo to Calif. Offices," Law360

"Cooley Hires Two IP Partners," World Intellectual Property Review

"Mika Mayer Joins Cooley," Bloomberg

"Mika Reiner Mayer," San Francisco Business Times

"Mika Mayer Joins Cooley," The American Lawyer

"Mika Mayer," Commercial Dispute Resolution 

"Mika Reiner Mayer," Silicon Valley Business Journal

"Cooley’s California Patent Double," Commercial Dispute Resolution

Related Contacts
Mika Reiner Mayer  Partner Palo Alto
Barbara Kosacz  Senior Counsel Palo Alto
Michael Tuscan  Partner Washington, DC